Georgia Port Authority, Gov. Nathan Deal speaks at the Grand Opening of the Appalachian Regional Port near Chatsworth, Ga., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Improved rail access to the area has led to increased interest from manufacturers and logistics services. The inland terminal will be operated by the Georgia Ports Authority and served by CSX. (Stephen Morton/Georgia Port Authority via AP)

Governor Nathan Deal joined Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Spencer R. Moore and others recently to announce the construction of a new DDS driver licensing customer service center in Hall County. A modern, full-service, 10,000 square foot complex will replace the existing facility at the same location at 1010 Aviation Boulevard in Gainesville.  The center has been operational at its current location since the early 1990’s.

“Here in the No. 1 state for business for over half a decade, more and more people are choosing to live in our communities because the opportunities they find here are unmatched in other states,” said Gov. Deal. “As a result, our population has grown significantly in recent years and there are many more drivers are on Georgia’s roads, many of whom will utilize facilities like this Customer Service Center.  A good government is an efficient government, one that places as few burdens and intrusions on citizens as possible, and this groundbreaking is the latest culmination of that sentiment. This facility will serve both commuters and the freight haulers of this region with efficient, state-of-the-art resources to meet the demands of 2019 and beyond. Additionally, this facility will make it even easier for Hall County residents to renew their license or perhaps receive a license for the very first time, with as little inconvenience as possible.”

The new center has a projected opening of October 2019 and will be constructed behind the current location to replace the out of date center. The existing center has proved insufficient to serve the growing Hall County area. Over 80,000 transactions were completed last year compared to 55,000 transactions in 2011.  In addition, the new plans will add one additional commercial vehicle testing carousel enabling DDS to schedule up to five more commercial vehicle tests per day.

“The new center will give us the capability to serve a greater number of customers in a very efficient manner. We are especially pleased to offer more commercial vehicle testing services for this ever-growing industry,” commented DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore.  “We are grateful for the help and support we have received from Governor Deal and the Georgia General Assembly,” he added.

Plans for the facility also include 16 to 18 service counters, 20 sound isolated computerized testing stations, a lobby management system, plenty of inside seating and free customer parking.  It will be full service licensing centers providing computer testing, driver license and identification card issuance and renewal plus reinstatement services. Commercial, motorcycle and vehicle road skills testing will also be conducted.

Design services will be provided by POND Architects and Engineers and construction will be provided by Carroll Daniel Construction Co.

DDS reminds customers that many services such as renewing or replacing a license/ID are available from the free mobile app, DDS 2 GO, available at the App Store and on Google Play.

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