(a) Each driver's license, permit, or
identification card issued by the Department shall contain a photograph of the
person depicted therein for identification purposes;
(b) The photograph shall contain a depiction
of the applicant's face from crown to the base of the chin, from ear-to-ear,
and shall be clearly visible and free of shadows. Any covering of the head or
face in the photograph is prohibited.
(1) Any head or facial covering in the
photograph is prohibited unless the covering is required for religious purposes
or required for medical purposes;
(2) For religious exceptions, a sworn
statement on a form approved by the Department must be submitted by the
applicant verifying that the covering is worn daily for religious
(3) For medical
exceptions, other than eyewear, a signed doctor's statement must be submitted
by the applicant verifying that covering or item is required daily for medical
covering of the face or head for religious or medical reasons must not obscure
any facial features and not generate shadow in the photograph; and such
covering must be adjusted to allow a full-faced photograph.
(e) Except as provided in section (c) of this
rule, any covering or alterations of the head or face, including but not
limited to headphones, wireless devices, disguises, hats, or costumes, shall
not be visible in the photograph.
(f) The Department shall endeavor to
accommodate persons objecting to being viewed or photographed by an employee of
the opposite sex by having the photograph taken by a member of the same sex or
by arranging for a private photograph at the Department's
(g) The Department
shall require a retake of any photograph that it determines is not in
compliance with the requirements of this rule and may refuse to issue a
driver's license, permit, or identification card to any person who fails to
comply with the requirements of this rule.
Ga. Comp. R. &
Regs. R. 375-3-1-.15
Rule entitled "Photographs on Cards or Credentials Issued by the Department"
adopted. F. June 10, 2016; eff.
June 30, 2016.