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Drivers can use online receipts as proof until license arrives

POSTED: June 23, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner Rob Mikell has announced a new customer service initiative to save customers time by encouraging more online driver’s license transactions.

Beginning July 1, as a result of the enactment of Senate Bill 298, drivers will be able to use their DDS Online Services receipt in accordance with state law as proof of valid driving privileges until their permanent license or permit arrives in the mail.

“This new online service is a win not only for those who go online, but also for citizens who will experience shorter wait times at DDS centers,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “Providing a temporary receipt as proof of driver eligibility is a practical solution to make government operations more accessible and convenient for Georgians.”

Said Commissioner Mikell: “I encourage all our customers to consider going online for their next interaction with DDS. It is a fast and secure process, and, in addition to saving valuable time, most online issuance services qualify for a $5 discount.”

Georgia drivers must successfully complete an online driver’s license or permit issuance transaction — renewal, update, replacement, or reinstatement — via www.dds.ga.gov or online.dds.ga.gov/onlineservices/account/login.aspx.

The driver’s license status is automatically updated on the DDS database and the Georgia Crime Information Center. When the online transaction is complete, a DDS receipt will be available for printing by the customer. This receipt may be presented to law enforcement personnel for a period of 45 days to meet the requirement of having a driver’s license in the driver’s immediate possession while operating a motor vehicle pursuant to state law.

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