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New Driver Services Center Open for Business at Fort Benning

November 17, 2014
Commissioner Mikell cutting a blue ribbon in front of the new DDS locationwith Fort Benning personnel dressed in uniform

For the first time in Georgia, a DDS driver licensing and testing center has opened for service on military grounds. Fort Benning now has its own customer service center, thanks to a partnership between the State of Georgia and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The new part-time driver services site is open each Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. to serve military personnel, their family members and civilian employees. The center is located at 6691 Marchant Blvd., Building 217, at Fort Benning, GA. Vehicle road testing is available by scheduling an appointment with DDS at (678) 413-8600 or 1 (866) 754-3687 (inside Georgia but outside the metro Atlanta area).

Since opening on Aug. 6, the center has served more than 400 customers with an average wait time of under 1 minute. Three driver examiners staff the center, which includes 4 service windows and 6 computerized testing stations. It’s a full-service licensing center providing knowledge testing, driver’s license and State identification card issuance, renewal and reinstatement services.

Under the direction of Governor Nathan Deal, DDS is working to honor Georgia’s servicemen and women and veterans. This installation supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve component soldiers, retirees and civilian employees on a daily basis. Making driver services more accessible and convenient for those customers was an easy decision.

An added benefit from opening a center on base is that the nearby DDS locations (namely Columbus and LaGrange) will have increased capacity and shorter wait times — another win for the citizens of Georgia.

Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner Rob Mikell

About the Author

Rob Mikell was appointed as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) by Governor Nathan Deal in Oct. of 2012.  He previously served as the Deputy Commissioner of DDS for 5 1/2 years and as Deputy Director for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).  Prior to his appointment at GOHS by Governor Purdue, Rob was a prosecutor in both DeKalb and Rockdale Counties and practiced law at the firm of Fain, Major, & Brennan in Atlanta.

Rob is immediate past president of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Region II, and is a member of the AAMVA International Board of Directors.

He most recently was appointed to the State Employee Benefit Council by Governor Deal. In addition, he serves on the National Sheriff’s Association’s Traffic Safety Committee, on the DeKalb Technical College Law Enforcement Advisory Board as Secretary, is past president of the Rockdale County Bar Association, and is a Trustee for the Brookwood Schools Foundation and for the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, Georgia. 

Rob graduated cum laude from The Citadel.  He holds a Juris Doctorate from Washington & Lee University School of Law and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbus State University. 

Rob and his wife, Sherrie, reside in Snellville, Georgia with their 3 children.

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