Driver ser­vices com­mis­sioner an­nounces new emer­gency pre­pared­ness ini­tia­tive

Blood Type Op­tion for Ge­or­gia Driver’s Li­cense or Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Card

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Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Driver Ser­vices (DDS) Com­mis­sioner Rob Mikell, un­der the di­rec­tion of Gover­nor Nathan Deal, is pro­vid­ing a new emer­gency pre­pared­ness ini­tia­tive for cus­tomers ob­tain­ing a driver’s li­cense or state iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card. Cus­tomers may re­quest that their blood type be printed on the back of their per­ma­nent card. This ad­di­tion is com­pletely op­tional and may help med­i­cal per­son­nel dur­ing an emer­gency.

“In an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, med­i­cal per­son­nel need up-to-date health in­for­ma­tion to quickly and ef­fi­ciently treat in­juries,” said Gover­nor Deal in a press re­lease. “To bet­ter as­sist these first re­spon­ders, our Depart­ment of Driver Ser­vices is now giv­ing Ge­or­gians the op­tion to in­clude their blood type on their li­cense or iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards. This is yet an­other ex­am­ple of our con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to the safety and well-be­ing of our state’s driv­ers.”

“I am grate­ful for the sup­port of Gover­nor Deal and the part­ner­ship with Dr. Brenda Fitzger­ald, Com­mis­sioner, Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health (DPH), to in­form our cus­tomers of this new op­tion,” said Com­mis­sioner Mikell. “It is com­pletely op­tional but may serve as an im­por­tant med­i­cal alert for those that uti­lize it.”

“Ev­ery sec­ond mat­ters in an emer­gency,” said Brenda Fitzger­ald, M.D., Com­mis­sioner of the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health. “If a per­son be­comes in­ca­pac­i­tated and can­not speak, it’s our hope that this in­for­ma­tion could speak for them, alert­ing res­cuers to the per­son’s blood type and sav­ing pre­cious time.”

On the ap­pli­ca­tion for is­suance or re­newal of a driver’s li­cense or ID card, cus­tomers will in­di­cate if they would like their blood type printed on the back of their per­ma­nent card. A cus­tomer who in­di­cates yes will then se­lect their blood type. The cus­tomer’s per­ma­nent li­cense or ID will have their blood type printed on the back of the card un­der Med­i­cal In­for­ma­tion.

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Blood Type on back of li­cense ID. Cus­tomers may re­quest that their blood type be printed on the back of their per­ma­nent card.

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