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Veterans can get free driver's licenses

POSTED: March 2, 2012 4:04 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services reminds Georgia veterans that driver's licenses and/or identification cards may be obtained free for life!

The process is simple; however, there are many Georgia veterans who are not taking advantage of this discount. Even if a veteran has paid in the past, they may complete the steps and start to receive this free service for life.

To be eligible, veterans must present their separation papers, DD214, to any field office of the Department of Veterans Service (SDVS) for review and then certification.

Documentation includes the actual wartime service, circumstances of discharge (honorable) and Georgia residency. Activation for training purposes does not qualify an individual for a Georgia Veteran's License.

Please visit the SDVS website to locate a field office near you http://sdvs.georgia.gov/portal/site/SDVS/menuitem.2f54fa407984c51e93f35eead03036a0/?vgnextoid=dbeff0d1ca7f7210VgnVCM100000bf01020aRCRD.
After the review, a Certificate of Eligibility (DS516) is then issued to those who qualify.

The DS516 Certificate is then taken to any DDS customer service center for issuance of a free eight-year driver's license or ID. Please visit the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov for a list of locations plus a brochure titled "National Guard and Veterans Licenses" under the section titled Marketing Materials.

A driver's license or state ID card is issued free to veterans who were Georgia residents when they entered active duty status and are Georgia residents at the time of application or who have been residents of Georgia for at least two years immediately preceding the date of application for the license.

 

 

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