Driver's License Problems & Other News


New Requirements for Driver's Licenses: Be Prepared!

I've received a number of complaints this week from constituents who experienced long waits while attempting to renew their driver's licenses. According to news reports, it looks like this may be a problem for some time because the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) enacted new requirements effective July 1, 2012. There should have been a better educational campaign about the changes as many Georgians were unaware of the new documentation requirements.


The Real ID Act of 2005 is a Republican-sponsored law that sets federal standards for the issuance of state driver's licenses. Governor Nathan Deal, then a member of the US House of Representatives, was one of the co-sponsors of this federal law and he also voted for its passage. The law was signed by President George W. Bush on May 11, 2005.


There are new documentation standards for obtaining a Georgia driver's license or ID card. After July 1, 2012 you must visit a Customer Service Center in person for your first issuance, first renewal, or reinstatement.

The new documentation standards can be found here. For example, you now must provide:

• an original or certified copy of your Birth Certificate or other proof of identity, and proof U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the United States;

• your Social Security Card or other proof of full Social Security Number (SSN), such as a W2. Previously, DDS was allowed to simply ask you for your SSN; and

• two different proofs of your residential address. Previously, DDS only required one proof of your residential address.

Be sure to bring the correct documentation with you. For additional information and a list of FAQs, click here.

Candidates' Fair

The Civic Association Network of central DeKalb (CAN, is holding its Candidates' Fair this evening from 7-9 PM, at the Hellenic Community Center (Greek Orthodox Church), 2500 Clairmont Road NE. Invitations to this large meet-n-greet-format event, a tradition that began in 2004, go to ALL candidates appearing on July 31 election ballots in "Central DeKalb" precincts, including Partisan & Non-Partisan offices at Federal, State & Local levels. This event seeks to give voters access to candidates for ALL offices including those seldom invited to candidate forums. Voters and candidates talk one-on-one, either about specific issues or just to get to know one another. Information about ballot questions will also be available at the event.

Has your district changed?

Due to the redistricting process, many Georgians have seen a change in their State House, State Senate, and US Congressional districts.

Click here to find out if you will experience any changes.

I am now the incumbent for House District 81.

Property Tax Appeals: Deadline Approaching!

If you plan to appeal your property tax appraisal, be sure to submit it by the deadline. The deadline will be listed on your appraisal form.

You can also check here for your assessment and you can file an online appeal with the Board of Equalization (BoE) by clicking "I Want to File an Appeal for 2012".

When you click that tab, it will provide you with information concerning the BoE, Bind Arbitration, and a Hearing Officer.

In addition, here is a post I wrote earlier on the appeals process.

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