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Georgia Driver’s License Information

A GA DUI Conviction Leads to an Automatic Driver’s License Suspension

By Atlanta DUI Defense Lawyer Bubba Head

In Georgia, a DUI conviction automatically suspends your GA driver’s license. Whether you can get a “work permit” depends on many variables, such as age of the driver and whether or not you refused the DUI breath or blood test requested by police AFTER you were arrested.

In order to know the consequences to your Georgia driver’s license, you must seek the most knowledgeable DUI attorneys in the State. Those lawyers are Bubba Head, Larry Kohn, and Cory Yager who have successfully represented thousands of relieved clients.

In Fall 2009, the Georgia driver’s license received makeover, courtesy of the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). The new licenses will have a different look and feature security and Georgia DDS customer service enhancements.

Increased Protection Against Fraud

The new GA licenses and GA identification cards have various layers of protection against unlawful counterfeiting and fraud. The Georgia DDS has increased fraud protection on the licenses in order to stop thieves from stealing your identity. The new format driver’s license also features added holograms and computer-generated graphics that can be read by machines, making it more difficult for someone to make or use a counterfeit GA driver’s license.

The new Georgia licenses also have an added security feature for drivers who are under the age of 21. Rather than being printed horizontally, as the current licenses are printed, the license for drivers under the age of 21 will be printed vertically. This makes it easier for both retailers and law enforcement agents to identify minors.

In addition to the enhanced security, the new Georgia driver’s license will speed up customer service at Georgia DDS offices.. The new technology allows a faster insurance process that is beneficial to both you and the DDS employees. A new data management system allows the DDS employees to scan the electronic imaging in order to easily access it in the future.

Interim Licenses for New or Renewed Licenses

The DDS will begin issuing interim licenses and IDs for the first issuance or renewal at a DDS center as a security measure. This assists the DDS in combating identity theft by allowing them to verify photos that are stored in the system when customers come in for a new license.

The interim license is valid for up to 45 days. This interim license is printed on special security paper that can be validated by reading an encrypted barcode. A permanent license will be mailed to your address that is on file with the DDS.

It is important to note that your current Georgia driver’s license or ID card will remain valid until the expiration date, at which time you will exchange it for the new license or ID.

Call 41-year veteran Atlanta DUI attorney Bubba Head today and get honest answers to all your questions. Tell us everything that happened and everything you remember about your DUI arrest. The sooner you call us, the better chance we have to win your DUI case and get your charges reduced or dismissed.

Remember, you only have 30 DAYS to file a license suspension appeal or apply for an ignition interlock device, or your driver’s license will be suspended for up to one year! Talk to Bubba Head, Larry Kohn, or Cory Yager now. We are available 24 hours a day, weekends, and all major holidays. (404) 567-5515


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