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It depends why you were suspended. Most suspensions in Georgia now don't require notice as the notice is presumed by operation of law.
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Even if the DDS is required to notify you, all that means is that they send a letter to the address on your license.
Get the discovery from the DA. It is likely that they sent the required notice to your last known address, which constitutes as proper service and that you should have had knowledge, because you are responsible for updating DMV with a change of address.
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