Residents near Columbus, Ga., who need a Georgia birth certificate to renew their driver’s license now have a convenient option, thanks to the Columbus Health Department and the Columbus-area Department of Driver Services (DDS). The two offices partnered for the grand opening of a new Birth Certificate Annex located alongside the DDS building at 8397 Macon Rd in Midland, Ga.
|Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, West Central Health District Director Beverley Townsend, M.D. and DDS Deputy Commissioner Spencer Moore at the annex's grand opening.|
As part of the requirements of the Real ID Act of 2005, Georgia residents renewing their driver’s licenses or ID cards may need to show a Georgia birth certificate as proof of US Citizenship. To accommodate this new law, the new birth certificate annex provides a one-stop convenience for customers needing to obtain a Georgia birth certificate for license renewal or any other reason.
“We recognized a need for greater accessibility for this service and decided with DDS to open this annex in an effort to better serve the people of our community. The Columbus Health Department is working together with DDS to provide better customer service and wants to make the Georgia public aware of this new convenience,” said Beverley Townsend, M.D., district health director for the West Central Health District. Townsend attended the ribbon cutting for the new annex, along with Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and DDS Deputy Commissioner Spencer Moore.
The new birth certificate annex is available to Columbus and surrounding counties and is for purchasing Georgia birth certificates only. The Annex is open Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
For complete vital record services, residents can visit the main vital records office at the Health and Human Services building at 2100 Comer Avenue, Columbus, Ga. For more information, contact the main vital records office at (706) 321-6300 or visit columbushealth.com.