When drivers in Georgia apply for a new or renewed driver’s license or an ID card with the Georgia Department of Driver Services, they will be able to indicate if they want their blood type printed on the back of their card.
“In an emergency situation, medical personnel need up-to-date health information to quickly and efficiently treat injuries,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “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.”
The blood type will be printed on the back of the card under “Medical Information.” This service is completely optional, but the DDS says the information will be very helpful to medical personnel during an emergency.
“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.”
For more information, visit www.dds.ga.gov.