Kemp Executive Orders amend unemployment, driver's license rules

Gov. Brian Kemp has issued several highly-publicized Executive Orders relating to the state's COVID-19 response, two that have not received as much press are Orders amending certain unemployment thresholds and suspending driver's license renewals

In addition to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s announcement this morning, March 26, regarding the extension of school closures, Kemp also issued an Executive Order increasing the $30 or $50 deductible earnings threshold on unemployment insurance claims.


The order also suspends the requirement for the maximum unemployment benefits payable to an individual in a benefit year to be capped at the lesser of one-fourth of base period wages or fourteen to twenty times the individuals weekly benefit amount. Additional provisions of Executive Order 03.26.20.01 can be read in the full text of the Order.


In a March 24 Executive Order, Kemp ordered that “the expiration dates for all valid Georgia driver’s licenses and identifications, for citizens and non-citizens alike, that are due to expire between the date of this Order through June 30, 2020 are hereby extended for 120 days.

The Order also suspends the requirement for new Georgia residents to acquire a Georgia Driver’s License, and delays the processing of any new driver’s license applications from new Georgia residents until the expiration of the current state of emergency and any extensions.

Additional provisions of Executive Order 03.25.20.01 can be read in the full text of the Order.

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