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How to Obtain a Georgia Driver’s License

Au pair Information

How to Obtain a Georgia Driver’s License

In July of 2012 the State of Georgia passed new laws regarding Driver’s License for au pairs. The new law resulted from the federal requirements of the Real ID Act. All non US citizens who are present in the state for more than thirty days are required to obtain a Class C Driver’s License. The exam, including a road’s test will be needed. Please refer to for a copy of the driver’s manual and access to a practice test. 

All locations of the DDS do not offer a first issuance of the license. Check the website to find a location closest to you. All are open Tuesday – Friday 8:00-6:00 and some may be open on Saturday 8:00 am – 12 noon. Locations will be closed on holidays. Times and locations change frequently. Call before you go to verify

These are the locations Most often used. Some may be too far from your location.

Alpharetta- 1575 Maxwell Road   Alpharetta, GA 30009 Saturday 7:30am 12pm

Canton right off 575 behind library- Brown Industrial Parkway, Suite 200 Canton GA. 30114 

Cumming 400 Aquatic Circle Cumming GA. 30040 Saturday 8am-12pm

Marietta  1605 County Services Pkwy  Marietta, GA 30008  Saturday 7:30am

Gainsville 1010 Aviation Blvd  Gainesville, GA 30501  Saturday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cartersville  1304 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy  Cartersville, GA 30121 Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm

Kennesaw-Saturday7:30-12pm  3690 Old 41 Hwy NW  Kennesaw, GA 30144

Blue Ridge This office is not open on Saturday. 211 Industrial Blvd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513


Information obtained at

Class C Driver’s License220

Basic Requirements

  1. Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Pass Knowledge Exam.
  3. Pass Road Skills Test.
  4. Pass Vision Exam.

Documents Required to prove legal presence and residential address.

  1. 1-94 card
  2. Passport
  3. Confirmation of Placement letter issued by APIA
  4. DS 2019 form ( check to make sure current host family address is listed and the au pair has signed at bottom).
  5. International Permit and country license.
  6. Social Security Card.

Two forms of proof of residential address are required.

Recommended: Any two of the following can prove your status as a resident.

A confirmation of placement letter from APIA indicating your host family address.  (Provided by APIA before you leave your country)

A bank statement with au pair name and the host family address. The statement must be dated the same month that you are getting your license.

The letter sent with your Social Security Card indicating your name and your host family address can be used. Save this envelope and all is contents when the Social Security card arrives.

A letter from the au pair insurance company with au pair name and the host family address. This could be a bill, an explanation of benefits regarding a claim or other information. The letter must be the same month that you are getting your license. The United States post office is a branch of our government. You can order and pay for stamps online. Have them mailed to your host family home address. Be sure to have your name and their address. When the stamps are mailed, you will need to keep the envelope and any written information inside. This will be proof of your Georgia residence.

For confirmation and more information on obtaining a Georgia Driver’s License please go to

Gwinnett Technical College Free ESL Classes

Gwinnett Technical College

English as a Second Language Schedule 2014

Winter Quarter: January 6th – March 3rd

(2 months)

Registration Deadline: Dec 17th

Saturday Classes: January 11 – March 3

Spring Quarter: March 10th – April 30th

(2 months)

Registration Deadline: March 3rd

Saturday Classes: start March 15

Summer 1 Quarter: May 5th – June 30th

(2 months)

Registration Deadline: April 30th

Saturday Classes: start May 10

Summer 2 Quarter: July 7th – August 27th

(2 months)

Registration Deadline: June 30th

Saturday Classes: start July 12

Fall 1 Quarter: September 8th – October 29th

(2 months)

Registration Deadline: August 27th

Saturday Classes: start September 13

Fall 2 Quarter: November 3rd – December 16th

(mini session)

Registration Deadline: October 29th

Gwinnett Technical College Continuing Education ESL Classes For Au pairs

English as a Second Language

Gwinnett Technical College

No Documentation needed for Continuing Education ESL classes.

Students may register and enter class any time during the session.

All regular sessions are 2 months

There is always an Early Registration Deadline for each session.

There is a $20 late fee after early registration deadline.

Weekday Classes

(9:00am – 12:00pm)


(6:00pm 9:00pm)


48 hrs / 4.8 credits (CEU’s)

16 sessions





Intensive 4-day

96 hrs / 9.6 credits (CEU’s)

32 sessions

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs


(9:00am – 12:00pm)

2-day TOEFL

48 hrs / 4.8 credits (CEU’s)

16 sessions





Intensive TOEFL

96 hrs / 9.6 credits (CEU’s)

32 sessions

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs


Saturday Classes

(9:00am – 1:00pm)

Saturday Conversation

32 hrs / 3.2 credits (CEU’s)

8 sessions


Saturday TOEFL Prep

32 hrs / 3.2 credits (CEU’s)

8 sessions


Students who miss more than 20% of class will not receive an attendance certificate.

Students may miss 3 days of the 2 day a week classes. Students may miss 1 day of the Saturday classes.



 A print out of the I-94 is required to obtain a Social Security Card. 
To obtain the card, the Au pair/companion will need various documents and the  I-94 card printed out. Please see “How to get a Social Security Card” under Life in the USA on our blog for a detailed description of what other documents to bring and where to go. 

1. Print out the I-94 card information from the following website:

2. Follow the link that looks like this in the third paragraph “get their I-94 Number”.

3. HIt the box with I-94 at the top and on the bottom reads “Get most recent i-94”. 

4. Click consent to the terms of agreement. 

5. Enter your passport information and save the 1-94 to your computer. Ask your host family to assist with printing it out. 




Photography course and certificate at NGU Cumming campus


Information about the classes taught at the Cumming campus of North Georgia University.

The belly dancing class is not taught at the Cumming location. There are several other courses that may be of interest to you. When looking at their listing of courses, please be careful to see the location where it is taught. If there are at least five people who would like to take the belly dancing course or any course, they will make a class for us in Cumming.

These are the photography courses. You can actually achieve a photography certificate by taking several of these courses.

Information about Photography Certificate program

List of photography courses