March 27, 2013

Senate adopts plan to give foreigners Georgia licenses


Associated Press

ATLANTA — A proposal to make it easier for certain foreigners to get Georgia driver’s licenses has cleared the Senate and needs only final House approval to head to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk.

The bill would allow Georgia to enter into reciprocal agreements with foreign countries so that each government would recognize valid driver’s licenses from the other for anyone who is a lawful immigrant. The administration has said it backs the idea behind House Bill 475.

For Georgia, that would mean giving certain foreigners temporary Georgia licenses without those drivers passing the usual exams. Supporters pitch the measure as business friendly, given that foreign firms often send employees and executives to Georgia for extended stays.