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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Verification of Lawful Presence

The Georgia Department of Agriculture is required by O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1 to verify citizenship/immigration status for all public benefits issued. All public benefits are defined in the law as certifications, licenses, registrations, state grant, etc. All new and renewal licenses are required to complete a notarized affidavit and provide one form of acceptable documentation as defined in O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1. The department will implement this change online no later than July 1, 2013. As directed by law, GDA will utilize the Federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Please notify us if you have previously submitted an affidavit and one acceptable document for any other license or GATE card issued by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. This will allow us to search our databases and upload the required documentation for your new license and enable a better customer service experience. For assistance, call the Customer Service Center at 855-4-AG-LICENSE (855-424-5423).

Letter from the Commissioner

Executive Summary

Frequently Asked Questions

Verification of Lawful Presence

Renewal Timeline

S & V Tutorial

For Additional Information
Please Visit the Following Sites:

Dept. of Homeland Security (SAVE Program)
Georgia Attorney General Office
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