Georgia seniors get extra time to renew driver’s licenses amid pandemic

Georgia is giving residents age 60 and older extra time to renew their driver’s licenses to limit their potential exposure to the coronavirus.

The Department of Driver Services says it will give those customers a 120-day extension on renewing driver’s licenses and identification cards. The extension applies to documents with an expiration date from March through June 30.

Eligible customers will automatically be mailed an updated card with the 120-day extension. They will receive a notice alerting them to watch their mail for the special card.

The department estimates that more than 36,000 Georgians are eligible for the extension. There are some exclusions, including commercial drivers, non-citizens and limited-term permit holders.

DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore said the department “is taking every precaution to keep our customers and team members safe.” But he said customers should try the agency’s web site or free mobile app – DDS 2 Go – before visiting a DDS office.