Georgia grants 60-day extension on renewing driver’s licenses

Georgia is granting 60-day extensions to hundreds of thousands of people whose driver's  licenses and state identification cards expire by June 30.

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Georgia is granting 60-day extensions to hundreds of thousands of people whose driver's licenses and state identification cards expire by June 30.

Worried about renewing your Georgia driver's license amid the coronavirus outbreak? Relax. The state is giving 60-day extensions to those whose licenses expire in the next few months.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services says it will give the extensions for driver’s licenses and state identification cards that expire between now and June 30. The extensions will benefit hundreds of thousands of people – the agency served more than 250,000 customers in February alone.

The move comes as the department has closed all its customer service centers until further notice amid the pandemic. In a statement, Gov. Brian Kemp said the move is necessary “to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our citizens and the DDS team who assist them at the centers.”

DDS will mail notices to everyone eligible for the 60-day extension. New cards will be printed and mailed directly to those customers.

The extensions will cover ID cards, commercial and non-commercial driver’s licenses, limited permits and driving permits. The agency also will extend medical certifications and commercial driver’s license endorsements.

Customers who need to reinstate their license or upgrade from a Class D to Class C license should use the department's web site: www.dds.georgia.gov.

DDS will not serve customers who are new to Georgia during the closure period. The agency says they should continue using their credential from their former state.

The agency recently granted 120-day extensions for licenses and ID cards to about 36,000 people age 60 and older, who face an elevated risk from the coronavirus.