DDS OFFICE OPENS. The Georgia Department of Driver Services opened
their office in Trenton on Monday. The office will be open every
other Monday beginning Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The office
will offer all services except road testing. The facility is 600 sq.
ft., with four service counters and nine computer testing stations.
By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
Dade and state
officials staged a ribbon-cutting on Monday morning for the county’s new
Georgia Department of Driver Services licensing office.
The facility is
located in the Justice Building near the Dade County Sheriff’s Department and
jail. The state had earlier considered a freestanding building for the office
but in the end decided to settle into part of an old Justice Building courtroom
left vacant after the county moved court functions across the road to its new
courthouse, which opened in autumn of 2010.
For the past
few months, workers have been renovating the space. “It’s all the latest,
high-tech stuff,” said Dade County Executive Chairman Ted Rumley at the Aug. 1
meeting of the county commission.
Dade has long
agitated for a DDS outpost of its own. Before this week, county residents have
been obliged to travel over Lookout Mountain to Georgia’s Rock Spring office to
renew their driver’s licenses, many reporting crowds and long lines. And since
the state issued new identification requirements, some complained of being sent
home for additional documents, after which the ordeal started over.
years, Georgia officials came to Dade two days a month to issue licenses at a
temporary location. That was later cut to one day, and in 2003 the service was
DDS will be
open every other Monday beginning Aug. 26 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., said Rumley, and
a memorandum accompanying county employees’ last few paychecks have reminded
them to park to the side of the county buildings to leave spaces open out front
for DDS business.