Driving and Commuting
Hinesville and Savannah are connected to the rest of the state and beyond by several interstates and state highways. From Savannah, Interstate 95 runs north-south and takes travelers up to New York or down to Florida. I-16 connects people from Savannah to Atlanta and links with I-95 and I-516. U.S. Route 80 runs east-west through midtown Savannah and connects the city with the town of Thunderbolt and the islands of Whitemarsh, Talahi, Wilmington and Tybee. U.S. Route 17 runs north-south from Richmond Hill through southside Savannah into Garden City, back into west Savannah with a spur onto I-516, then I-16 and finally continues over the Talmadge Memorial Bridge into South Carolina. State Route 38 Connector is a short west-east route in Hinesville connecting the mainline of U.S. 84 with State Route 119. State highways 17 or 280 can be taken to connect Savannahites to Fort Stewart. A number of surface streets link residents of Hinesville with the installation.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) 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.
CAT offers a commuter services program that includes information on tax incentives for employers, express bus routes and a map of park-and-ride lots in the state. For information, visit www.catchacat.org/getting-around/other-commuting-options or call 912-233-5767.
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.
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.
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.
Georgia Department of Transportation
Visit the Georgia Department of Transportation’s website to get information on travel resources and lane closures and to view highway cameras. Maps and information about commuting options, safety rest areas and interstate highways are also available.