Driving and Commuting
Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties are traversed by a U.S. Interstate and various state routes.
Within Augusta-Richmond County, Interstate 20 stretches east-west across the northern edge of Augusta, with the Interstate 520 loop circling the metropolitan region and providing access to the city and to arteries extending away from the Augusta’s center. Major U.S. highways intersect Augusta, including U.S. Route 78, Route 25, Route 56 and Route 1, which runs next to Fort Gordon. To the north in Columbia County, U.S. Route 221 and State Route 28 provide major north-south access, while State Route 232 and State Route 104 feed into the Augusta metropolitan area on the county’s southern edge.
In addition to the U.S. highways, numerous state routes in Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties join the two to each other and to neighboring South Carolina. State Route 383 runs north and south, connecting Fort Gordon with Evans.
The Georgia Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.gacommuteoptions.com.
The GDOT provides free, real-time traffic information. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes at www.511ga.org or by dialing 511.
Georgia Department of Driver Services
2206 Eastview Parkway
Conyers, GA 30013 770-918-5822
The Georgia Department of Driver Services issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registrations and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at its website.
Within 60 days of moving to Georgia (or within 30 days of becoming a resident), you must obtain a Georgia driver’s license — though active-duty service members and their spouses and dependents may drive with a valid driver’s license issued by their home state. The minimum age for getting a Georgia driver’s license is 16 years old.
If you hold a valid out-of-state driver’s license or an out-of-state license expired less than two years, you may exchange it for a Georgia license. You must be at least 18 years of age, surrender the out-of-state license and pass the vision exam (you are exempt from the written and road tests).
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its Georgia Drivers Manual, which can be downloaded at www.eregulations.com/georgia/driver.
As nonresident military stationed in Georgia, you are not required to register your vehicle in the state of Georgia as long as your vehicle visibly displays valid license plates from your home state. If you chose to register your vehicle in Georgia, you must comply with all requirements of vehicle registration. Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at http://dor.georgia.gov/vehicle-registration.
Except for school bus and novice drivers, the state of Georgia does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. Georgia prohibits texting while driving for all drivers.
Georgia Department of Transportation
Visit the Georgia Department of Transportation website for real-time traffic info, maps, details on road closures and travel advisories, live traffic cameras and more.