State Driver Services Reminds Voters: Prepare Now to Vote!

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State Driver Services Reminds Voters: Prepare Now to Vote!

Visit Department of Driver Services (DDS) Early for Photo ID 

To ensure a smooth process when casting a ballot on November 8th, now is the time to ensure you have proper photo identification.

“Don’t wait until Election Day to realize your driver’s license or identification card is missing,” said DDS Commissioner Bert Brantley.  “Tuesdays are always the busiest days at our DDS centers.  Add to that the extra customers who need photo IDs before the polls close, and that is a recipe for significant wait times.”

DDS is planning on deploying additional staff to its busiest centers on Election Day to assist customers as quickly as possible. However, there is no reason to wait until that day. Replacing a lost license, changing an address and checking the best times to visit in person can all be done on the DDS Online Services webpage https://online.dds.ga.gov/onlineservices/ or from the homepage at www.dds.ga.gov.  If you must visit in person, please use the Skip A Step! DDS Online feature to complete and submit your required paperwork before you arrive.  It will save valuable time during your visit.

Poll workers will accept a valid or an expired Georgia driver’s license or State Identification Card  (provided it’s expired no more than one year).  They also will accept the DDS Interim (temporary) license and/or ID which is issued at the center before the laminated card is mailed to you.

However, DDS urges everyone to keep their driver’s license and/or ID Card valid and current – including making any changes to a name or address as soon as possible. For voters who don’t drive or have any other type of acceptable photo identification, DDS can issue a Voter Identification Card for Voting Purposes.  Customers apply in person at any DDS location and present documentation to prove identity, residency and proof of voter registration.

For a list of other acceptable voter identification visit the Secretary of State MyVoter Page (MVP) to review voter requirements, verify that you are a registered voter, locate your assigned polling place and more at www.sos.ga.gov  or https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/back2HomePage.

For complete driver licensing and testing information, including the online service Skip a Step! please visit the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov.

Governor Deal announces September as Balloon Month

183014-gaGovernor Nathan Deal issued a proclamation declaring September as Balloon Month. Maxine Burton, president and founder, and Bob Burton, CEO, lead the campaign for this International Balloon Month. International Balloon Month seeks to raise awareness of the joy of balloons and spotlight the economic impact the multi-billion dollar balloon industry has on the state of Georgia and the world.

For more information, visit www.balloonsliftup.com 

Operation Stop Arm: Georgia School Bus Stop Law

STOP: It’s the Law

Operation Stop Arm enforces Georgia’s School Bus Stop Law:

  • Two-lane roadway: When school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.
  • Two-lane roadway with a center turning lane: When school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.
  • Four-lane roadway without a median separation: When school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.
  • Roadway of four lanes or more with a center turning lane: When school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.
  • Divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation: When school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop.

Decreasing your speed will reduce serious hazards and promote safety awareness. It is important to follow these laws for the safety of bus passengers, and all drivers on the road as well. Failure to comply can result in fines up to a $1000, up to 6 points on a driving record, and other penalties. Promote safety awareness on the road by being vigilant and aware of these laws.

For more information visit: http://www.operationstoparm.info/ or contact Sheri Lewis 404.218.5461 sheri@operationstoparm.info

 

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