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Driver services facility opens
Center about three times size of former location
WEB drivers 5 waiting to test JD
Fouzia Mahmood waits for her turn to take a road test Tuesday at the new Department of Driver Services. - photo by Jim Dean


The local Department of Driver Services center got off to a busy start this week.

The new center, on Pilgrim Mill Road off Ga. 400’s Exit 16, opened Tuesday.

Center manager Richard Turpin said there were a few glitches Tuesday, but overall things went well.

“We opened up with probably 45 to 50 people at the front door,” he said.

Turpin said he and his staff are adjusting to the bigger space and are getting more comfortable with it.

The 9,000-square-foot facility is about three times the size of the center’s former location on County Way in north Forsyth and accommodates more testing. It was built for about $839,000 next to the Cumming Aquatic Center.

The former driver services location closed July 21 to prepare for operations at the new site.

Road tests for commercial driver’s licenses, a feature that was not previously available, eventually will be offered at the new location. Turpin said it is not yet clear when that will begin.

The new center and aquatic facility are the first of several projects planned for a specific stretch of Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming.

Construction could begin later this year on a campus for North Georgia College & State University.

In addition, a $24 million National Guard Armory is planned nearby.