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September 3, 2017

Driver’s license office will open in Alpharetta

Sandy Springs center to close, relocate to Maxwell Road


Julia Grochowski

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Local residents will soon have a shorter trip to get their driver’s licenses issued and renewed. The Georgia Department of Driver Services announced Aug. 23 it will close its current office in Sandy Springs, the only one in North Fulton, and open a new center in Alpharetta.

The Sandy Springs office on Roswell Road will close Sept. 16 to relocate nine miles away at 11575 Maxwell Road. Opening Sept. 19, the “high tech” Alpharetta location will continue all of the same services as its precursor, including road tests, renewals, reinstatements and driving history reports.

To accommodate the move, there will be no behind-the-wheel skill tests offered throughout the first week of operation.

The center will resume administering such tests Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The new center will include 21 customer service counters, up four from the previous facility, as well as 12 touch screen knowledge testing machines and 12 tech deck computers for customer applications and documentation. Seating is expected to accommodate over 100 people.

The relocation was facilitated by an agreement between the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the State of Georgia.

Department of Driver Services Commissioner Spencer R. Moore said that the center was a great example of two governments working together for the betterment of their communities.

The Alpharetta location will also house a Fulton County Tag Office to help residents complete title applications and license plate registrations.

“It will be an ultimate convenience for customers to handle both Department of Driver Services and vehicle registration business during the same visit,” Moore said. “This is a deluxe center that our driver examiners and customers will enjoy for many years to come.”

Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-noon.

To check the required documents before a visit, go to dds.georgia.gov. Those with a gold star on the upper right hand of their license may be able to renew online. The website also offers a “Skip a Step!” form to help shorten customers’ visits.

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