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Driving with an Expired Georgia License

Northeast Georgia Lawyer, John Breakfield, is an experienced Traffic Ticket Attorney and is dedicated to protecting your rights. If you have been pulled over and cited for an expired license, we can help. Please call 770-783-5296. http://www.gainesvillegalawyer.com

It is easy to forget that your driver's license expires after a certain number of years! Make sure that you keep an eye on the expiration date from time to time, so that you can apply for a renewal of your license before it expires. You don't want to get caught driving with an expired license. But if you do, A. Bishop Law can help you!

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Northeast Georgia Lawyer, John Breakfield, is an experienced Traffic Ticket Attorney and is dedicated to protecting your rights. If you have been pulled over and cited for an expired license, we can help. Please call 770-783-5296. http://gainesvillegalawyer.com

An expired Georgia Driver’s License should be renewed as soon as you discover the renewal date has passed. A citation for driving with an expired license could potentially result in a costly fine.

 

An expired license should not be confused with a suspended or cancelled license.  You may refer to our Driving on a Suspended License section for more information on suspended licenses.

Georgia Law Requires a Valid License

The law requires Georgia drivers to have a valid driver’s license to operate any motor vehicle on highways and streets. O.C.G.A. § 40-5-20.  It is illegal to drive on an expired license and if you do, you will face the penalties if you are caught and convicted. The best case scenario is to get your license renewed and take it to your hearing. If you can produce a valid driver’s license in court at the time of your hearing, then you may not be guilty of this criminal charge.

However, if you cannot renew your driver’s license, you may be faced with a potential suspended license issue.  We understand that having a suspended license is very inconvenient, but if you drive on a suspended license, the penalties you face are much more serious.

It is important to keep your driving record free from additional points.  If your license is expired and you cannot renew it, we can discuss your options.  You may refer to our Driving on a Suspended License section for more information on suspended licenses.

Renewing an Expired License

You can renew your driver’s license or ID card up to 150 days before its expiration date.  However, if your license has expired for two years or more, or your driver’s history has been purged, and you do not hold a valid out-of-state license, you must pass the following tests to obtain your license:

(1) Road sign test;

(2) Road rules test;

(3) Actual driving test; and

(4) Vision test, for applicants age 64 or older.

There are multiple methods to renew your expired license.  You may do so in person at your local Department of Driver Services (DDS) Office, or by mail or online.  There are fees associated with renewing your license.  In addition to passing the required tests, you will need to provide documentation showing:

(1) Proof of identity;

(2) Proof of Social Security number;

(3) Two proofs of residency; and

(4) Change of name documents, if applicable.

*Note: All documents provided must be original or certified copies. Photocopies will not be accepted.

**Note: The DDS website (http://www.dds.ga.gov/secureid/accepteddocs.aspx) provides a list of acceptable documents for your application.

Applicants for a renewal license will be issued a temporary license while their application is being processed.

At A. Bishop Law, our Georgia Criminal Defense Traffic Ticket Attorneys welcome any questions on Georgia Speeding Ticket and Georgia DUI laws.  Please Call or Email us with any questions, your initial consultation is free and confidential.

About the attorney:  Anne Bishop is a Georgia Lawyer with A. Bishop Law in Gainesville, Georgia and handles various DUI / DWIMarijuana Arrests and other Georgia Criminal Defense matters.  The law office of A. Bishop Law can assist clients throughout Georgia including: Hall County (Gainesville, OakwoodFlowery Branch), Jackson County  (Jefferson, Braselton) White County (Helen, Cleveland), Lumpkin County (Dahlonega), Dawson County (Dawsonville), Habersham County (Demorest, Cornelia), and all of Northeast Georgia.

This article and/or video should not be considered nor relied upon as legal advice since it is only intended for general overview and informational purposes. Please consult with an attorney on your specific situation in order to determine an appropriate legal course of action.

Anne Bishop
A. Bishop Law, LLC
Attorney at Law
539 Green Street NW
Gainesville,Georgia
30501
US
Phone: (770) 783-5296