Tax commission to close during vehicle-related system upgrades

Hester

THOMASVILLE — The Thomas County Tax Commission office will be closed for several days in mid-January while the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) complete a technology upgrade.

"The multi-year upgrade will modernize the DDS driver's license system and the DOR tag and title system," said Thomas County Tax Commissioner Alicia Hester.

The new system will offer more self-service options, improve customer service and enhance data integrity, Hester said.

"We'll be able to see when someone gets their driver's license," she said, adding the information does not automatically show up on tax commission computers at this time.

Tax commission personnel also will have immediate computer access to when a license-holder obtains a new drivers license or has a change of address.

"At this time, we have to type the new address change in," Hester said.

DDS will continue to handle drivers licenses and issuing identification cards. Each Georgia tax commissioner will continue to handle motor vehicle license plates and issuing titles.

Hester said people with January renewal dates should plan ahead and renew early.

The Thomas County Tax Commission office will be closed from Jan. 13-18. No walk-in, online or kiosk services will be available for customers during the period the office is closed.

The office will reopen on Tuesday, Jan 19. 

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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