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ALBANY, Ga. — The exam center in Albany has been an exception, but the waiting time to get drivers licenses stretched into four hours in Atlanta, according to a Georgia Department of Driver Services spokeswoman.

“Our driver examiners are becoming more proficient at the new system,” said Susan Sports, driver services representative. “Waits are still unacceptable. I’d suggest people give us a couple weeks and we’ll have the waits down.”

Waits at the Albany center were not that long Wednesday afternoon. It get busy in the mornings and on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Sports said.

The documents needed to obtain or renew a drivers license were mandated to go into effect after President George W. Bush signed the Real ID Act of 2005.

A checklist of the documents that can meet the regulations is available at the website

Of those documents, a resident will need the following in three categories:

  • At least one original or certified document to prove primary identity. Note: If your name has changed due to marriage or legal action, you must provide documents supporting your name change.

  • At least one document to prove a Social Security number.

  • At least two documents to prove your residential Address. These can be from a variety of sources such as utility bill issued within the last 60 days, a bank statement issued within the last 60 days, valid rental contracts and/or receipts for rent payments made within the last 60 days and employer verification, including, but not limited to a paycheck or paycheck stub, letter from your employer or W-2 for current or preceding calendar year.