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July 24--  Unless you want to make two trips when it comes time to get your driver's license renewed, you need to be prepared when you make the first trip to your area Department of Drivers Services (DDS) office in Georgia.

As of July 1, requirements of a new federal law kicked in, according to Susan Sports with DDS.

"These are new federal requirements which are recommendations from the 911 Commission to improve security of the issuance of driver's license in each state," she says.

You're going to need to prove who you are.

"For most of our customers it's the original birth certificate or a valid passport.  In the event of a legal name change, like a female who has marrired, they will need to bring their marriage certificate in addition to their birth certificate." she notes.

And you have to have proof of residency.

"It can be an utility bill, bank statement, voter registration card.  We have many choices for proof of residency but we do have to see two, not one as it was in the past. We also have to see proof of your social security number like your original social security card, a W-2 or an income tax statement," Sports says.

With the changes it's taking longer to renew your license and Sports recommends you avoid Tuesdays and Saturdays which are the busiest day.  Right now the statewide average to renew is about an hour.

Before you make the trip, Sports recommends you visit their website for complete information.  It's .