February 9, 2016

@GeorgiaDDS Georgia Department of Driver Services has been telling state legislators for more than a year that DDS is not issuing drivers licenses or official ID cards to illegal aliens

Posted by D.A. King at 1:46 pm - Email the author   Print This Post Print This Post  

FACT: According to the Obama administration’s DHS, Georgia has a larger illegal alien population that Arizona.

It is important to know that Obama’s deferred action on deportation for illegal aliens does not change the fact that they are still illegal aliens. Even the AP and AJC admit that.

Quoting from the U.S. DHS USCIS website:

What Is DACA
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status. ( red emphasis for ‘journalists’ and bureaucrats in quiet denial )

DDS has been assuring state legislators – all of whom owe it to their constituents to have a working knowledge of illegal immigration – that “Undocumented and illegal immigrants are not entitled to a Georgia driver’s license or ID card.”

Below is just one email from the DDS Legislative Liaison to a state senate assistant in response to an inquiry on this. I have more such emails.


From: Mitchell, Michael [mailto:mbmitchell@dds.ga.gov]

Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2015 11:07 AM

To: Cady, Jessica


Hello Jessica,

Last week, Chairman Albers requested that I email him a short summary on proof of identity and lawful presence for obtaining or renewing a Georgia driver’s license. Could you please ensure that he gets this information:

All DDS customers are required to show documented proof of identity and lawful presence in the United States in order to obtain or, in certain cases, renew a Georgia driver’s license. For U.S. citizens, this is typically accomplished through a certified, state-issued birth certificate, which not only proves identity, but also U.S. citizenship. For non-U.S. citizens, proof of identity and proof of lawful presence can be accomplished through a valid, federally recognized immigration document, or combination of immigration documents.

Undocumented and illegal immigrants are not entitled to a Georgia driver’s license or ID card. (emphasis mine – dak)

Also, because a Georgia driver’s license and ID card are considered to be “public benefits” under Georgia law, there are specific state guidelines, in addition to REAL ID, that DDS must adhere to in the issuance and renewal of licenses and ID’s. See O.C.G.A. Code Sec. 50-36-1.

Moreover, DDS verifies the validity of all immigration documents through the federal S.A.V.E. database. A Georgia driver’s license and ID card expiration date is tied to the expiration date of the immigration documents and the card itself is marked “Limited Term”. Any person whose immigration documents cannot be verified through S.A.V.E. or are under a deportation order will not receive a Georgia driver’s license or ID card.

Hope this helps.

Please let me know if Chairman Albers has any additional questions.


Mike Mitchell, Legislative Liaison
Department of Driver Services