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Relocation involves planning, managing details, and searching through a mountain of information. To help you get settled, we provide information and a list of numbers that may be useful. Douglas County’s knowledgeable and accessible professionals are happy to welcome and assist you.
Numbers to Know
POWER UP: Utilities Information
- AT&T – att.com
Water & Sewer
- Douglasville/Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority – www.ddcwsa.com
- City of Austell – https://www.austellga.gov/
- City of Villa Rica – https://www.villarica.org/
- City of Douglasville – www.douglasvillega.gov
- City of Villa Rica – www.villarica.org
- City of Austell – www.austellga.gov
Residents of Douglas County who do not live within the city limits of Douglasville or Villa Rica may contract with one of several private sanitation companies. Chamber member companies are listed in the local online business directory at www.douglascountygeorgia.com.
Consumers can compare costs and services among several approved natural gas marketers and choose the company that suits their needs. Call the Georgia Public Service Commission at visit the PSC website at www.psc.state.ga.us.
The following natural gas marketers are members of the Douglas County Chamber:
- Atlanta Gas Light – www.atlantagaslight.com
- Gas South – www.gas-south.com
The City of Austell provides natural gas service through the Austell Natural Gas System to residential, commercial and industrial customers in the cities of Austell, Douglasville and Powder Springs and in portions of Douglas and Cobb counties. For information, call Austell Natural Gas System 770.948.1841.
For gas emergencies only, call Atlanta Gas Light at 877.427.4321 or Austell Natural Gas at 770.948.1841.
ENGINE’S READY: Vehicle and Driver Information
Driver’s License and Renewals
New residents moving into Georgia from another state are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days of establishing a permanent residence. A license fee of $20 can be paid in cash or by money order, check, or credit card.
DDS Carrollton Customer Service Center
AMS Building, 512 Old Newnan Rd., Carrollton, GA 30117
8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 noon on Saturday
DDS Dallas Customer Service Center
114 Justice Center Dr., Dallas, GA 30132
8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 noon on Saturday
For more information, contact the Department of Driver Services at 678.413.8400 or at www.dds.ga.gov.
Vehicle Tags & Registration
Georgia vehicle license tags must be purchased within 30 days of establishing residency. All vehicles 1986 and newer must be titled, with the exception of trailers weighing less than 2,000 pounds. Georgia residents moving to Douglas County from another county must complete the address change within 30 days of moving since you cannot register a vehicle in Douglas County if you are homesteading in another county.
All 1995-2016 model year gasoline powered cars and light trucks require an emissions inspection prior to registration. Emissions inspections are required every year before the registered owner’s birthday and the cost of an inspection is capped at $25. For further information and testing locations, contact the Georgia Clean Air Force at 800.449.2471 or visit www.cleanairforce.com.
Automobile owners must renew their registration and pay an ad valorem tax every year “during the 30-day period which ends on their birthday.” For registration locations or more information, contact:
Douglas County Government Annex Building
6200 Fairburn Rd., Douglasville, GA 30134
Tax: 770.920.7272 Tag: 770.949.2309
Georgia MVD Self-Service Tag Kiosk
Residents with registered vehicles in Douglas County can take advantage of Georgia MVD Self-Service Tag Kiosks for a fast and convenient alternative when completing vehicle registration renewal. Tag Kiosks use scanning and touchscreen technology to securely updated vehicle information through step-by-step instructions and optional voice assistance. After a successful renewal, documents print instantly at the kiosk.
Self-Service Tag Kiosk
8501 Hospital Dr., Douglasville, GA 30134
You may renew up to 10 vehicle registrations per transaction at a kiosk. If you have additional questions, please contact your local Tax Commissioner’s Tag Office at 770.949.2309.
- Emergency 911
- Douglas County Sheriff 770.942.2121
- Douglasville Police 770.920.3010
TIME TO VISIT THE DOUGLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Birth and Death Certificates and Marriage License
The Douglas County Probate Court, Vital Records Office, provides access to birth and death certificates for the individuals who died in Douglas County or individuals who were a resident of Douglas County at the time of death and died in another county in the State of Georgia.
Marriage licenses are issued by the Probate Court of Douglas County. Located in the Douglas County Courthouse.
8700 Hospital Dr. Third Floor, Judicial Side
Douglasville, GA 30134 770.920.7249
Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Douglas County Environmental Health
The Office of Environmental Health provides services to promote a healthy and safe environment and protect community health. Services include restaurant permits and ongoing inspections, epidemiologic investigations, public pool permits and pool safety, tests for bacteriological quality and evaluation of sanitary protection of well water, lead and radon testing, sewage management and nuisance complaints regarding sewage, garbage and other environmental issues.
Located in the Douglas County Courthouse
8700 Hospital Dr., 1st Floor
Douglasville, GA 30134 770.920.7311
Mail-in voter registration applications are available at the county registration office, libraries, City Hall, and the WSA offices. Applications may also be obtained through the state’s website at www.sos.ga.gov/elections. You can check on your registration status by clicking on the MY VOTER PAGE button. For additional information, contact the Douglas County Voter Registration Office at 770.920.7217 or visit the county’s website at www.celebratedouglascounty.com.
The elected officials of our community serve the citizens with experience, professionalism, accessibility, and community pride. They are supported by their hard-working staff providing a wide range of services including public safety, public works, recreation, planning, transportation and economic development. The goal of our local governments is to provide a high quality of life for their constituency and all citizens in Douglas County.
FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATORS
Douglas County is proud to have excellent representation on a local, state and federal level. For a list of current state and federal elected officials, visit www.douglasgountygeorgia.com.
DOUGLAS COUNTY GOVERNMENT
8700 Hospital Dr., Douglasville, GA 30134 770.949.2000
Douglas County is governed by a full-time chairman and four part-time commissioners who are all elected to four-year terms.
For information on elected officials, meetings, work sessions, and agendas, visit www.celebratedouglascounty.com.
CITY OF DOUGLASVILLE
6695 Church St., Douglasville, GA 30134 770.920.3000
The City of Douglasville is governed by a mayor and seven council members.
For information on elected officials, meetings, work sessions, and agendas, visit www.douglasvillega.gov.
CITY OF AUSTELL
2716 Broad St., Austell, GA 30106 770.944.4300
The City of Austell, primarily in Cobb County, is partially in Douglas County and is governed by a mayor and six council members. For information on elected officials, meetings, work sessions, and agendas, visit www.austell.gov.
CITY OF VILLA RICA
571 W. Bankhead Hwy., Villa Rica, GA 30180 770.459.7000
The City of Villa Rica is mostly in Carroll County with 40% of the community in Douglas County. The city is governed by a mayor and five council members. For information on elected officials, meetings, work sessions, and agendas, visit www.villarica.org.
DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
9030 Highway 5, Douglasville, GA 30134 770.651.2000
A five member elected board governs the Douglas County School System. The superintendent is appointed by the board and is charged with the responsibility of administering the public school program of the Douglas County Board of Education.
For information on elected officials, meetings, and agendas, visit www.dcssga.org.
Other communities in Douglas County include Lithia Springs, Fairplay and Winston. They are not incorporated and are governed by the Douglas County Commission.
MAIL CALL: Douglas County Post Offices
Zip Code/Rate Information www.usps.gov 800.275.8777
- Austell 2847 Veterans Memorial Hwy. SW, Austell, GA 30168 945.4792
- Douglasville 6000 Stewart Pkwy., Douglasville, GA 30135 577.2196
- Douglasville 8486 Campbellton St., Douglasville, GA 30134 947.8132
- Villa Rica 43 Community Square Blvd., Villa Rica, GA 30180 459.3725
- Lithia Springs 2727 Skyview Dr., Lithia Springs, GA 30122 945.9377
- Winston 2929 Post Rd., Winston, GA 30187 942.4812
READING IS FUN! Douglas County Library Information
Douglas County Libraries feature three full-service facilities conveniently located throughout the community. Library use is free of charge and open to the public, but a library card must be obtained to check out items and to use computers. Library cards are available at the circulation desk at any of the Douglas County libraries.
Each Douglas County Library features:
- Books, CDs, DVDs, books on CD, periodicals and research materials
- Children’s area with weekly story times for pre-school children
- Summer reading programs
- Multiple computers for public use with access to the Internet
- Additional programs are provided weekly free of charge to the public
As a member of the Georgia PINES system, library users have access to books in 284 branches in Georgia, if a Douglas County library doesn’t have it – over 10 million books and other items can be forwarded to a Douglas County library at no charge. The Douglas County libraries are also part of the five-County West Georgia Regional Library System (Douglas, Heard, Carroll, Haralson and Paulding: www.wgrl.org).
- Dog River Library 6100 Hwy. 5, Douglasville, Georgia 30135 577.5186
- Douglas County Library 6810 Selman Dr. , Douglasville, Georgia 30134 920.7125
- Lithia Springs Library 7100 Turner Dr., Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122 944.5931
- Villa Rica Library 869 Dallas Hwy., Villa Rica, GA 30180
Douglas County Library Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.