Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and International Law for Georgia

Q: Does the state of Georgia have a reciprocal agreement with Canada for a driver's license (Class 5 equivalent to Class C)

I am relocating from Canada to Georgia. I hold a valid Canadian Drivers License. There is not enough information available regarding the reciprocal agreement on the GA DDS website. The agents also referred to the same website and told us we have to go through a written, road and vision test to get GA driver's license. The website indicates "Georgia recognizes driver licenses issued by countries that have a reciprocal agreement with the Georgia DDS. The driver's license must be equivalent to a Georgia Class C Regular License." This list of qualifying countries cannot be found. Can someone please help? Does Canada qualify?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Navigating driver's license reciprocity agreements between countries can be complex, and it's understandable that you're seeking clarification on whether Canada and Georgia have such an agreement. While Georgia does recognize driver's licenses from certain countries, the specific list of qualifying countries is not always readily available on the DDS website. Unfortunately, this lack of information can make it challenging to determine whether Canada qualifies for reciprocity.

Given the uncertainty, it's essential to follow the guidance provided by the DDS website and agents, which may require you to undergo written, road, and vision tests to obtain a Georgia driver's license. Even if Canada does not have a formal reciprocity agreement with Georgia, your Canadian driver's license may still be considered valid for a certain period, allowing you time to complete any necessary testing and obtain a Georgia license without starting from scratch.

To ensure compliance with Georgia's licensing requirements and avoid any potential complications, consider reaching out directly to the Georgia Department of Driver Services for clarification on the status of reciprocity agreements with Canada. They may be able to provide updated information or guidance specific to your situation, helping you navigate the process of obtaining a Georgia driver's license smoothly and efficiently.

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