New laws go into affect July 1st allowing more and more driver-related services to be handled online. Georgia has truly been ahead of the curve in adopting online access to driver services, with a goal of helping our citizens spend less time waiting in unnecessary lines.
On July 1, 2014, Georgia drivers will be allowed to use documents printed online as real identification (until the official ID/License arrives in the mail. This completes what is needed to both renew or reinstate a license without going to the DMV (as referred to in the vernacular)
With these new changes in the law, Georgia drivers will be able to renew their driver's licenses, update information (such as address), or reinstate a revoked or suspended license.
Customers will even be able to email their “Secure ID” documents through the D.D.S. website. Secure ID document include proof of legal residency and several forms of identification.
Additionally, drivers can pay “superspeeder” fines, check their M.V.R. (motor vehicle record), check their address, check on the status of your license (whether it's valid or suspended), and renew a driver's license.
With the addition of these additional online services, the trend is towards far greater flexibility and ease insofar as dealing with the Department of Driver Services is concerned. The goal is to make an actual trip to the D.D.S. an infrequent inconvenience.
Further, the goal is also to provide Georgia driver's educational resources instantly accessible. For example, their website has frequently asked questions about GA DUI Law. Their site includes driver's manuals, lists of what tickets carry which penalties, educational material for teen drivers, and lists of certified DUI Schools and treatment providers.
I applaud the Georgia Department of Driver Services for taking steps to limit the inconvenience to drives. This is a rare example of government actually trying to make our lives easier. In the coming months, I expect the trend of greater access online to continue. Let this good news continue!