In a little more than a week, Forsyth County area residents will have a different place to get their driver’s licenses.
The new Department of Driver Services center, located on Pilgrim Mill Road off Ga. 400 at Exit 16, is scheduled to open July 26.
The center is currently housed in a facility on County Way, farther north on Ga. 400, and shares space with Georgia State Patrol Post 37.
The existing facility will close July 21 and resume operations five days later at the new location in Cumming.
Richard Turpin, center manager, said he and his employees are ready for the move.
"We’ve got enough support staff in Conyers to make sure things run smooth [during the closure], and I’ve got enough people here to help, so it’s going to be a smooth transition," he said.
The new facility, which will be next to the Cumming Aquatic Center, was built for about $839,000.
At about 9,000 square feet, or nearly triple the size of the current facility in north Forsyth, it will accommodate more testing.
Turpin said the new site will also start offering commercial driver license road tests, a feature not previously available.
The new driver services center and aquatic facility are the first two of several projects planned for that stretch of the Pilgrim Mill corridor in Cumming.
The city recently announced a contract for a campus of North Georgia College & State University, construction on which could begin later this year.
There are also plans for a $24 million National Guard Armory nearby.