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The Jones County Tax Commissioners’s office will be closed Wednesday, April 17 through Friday, April 19, for employee training for a statewide system update that will take place next month.

What that means for residents of Jones County is anyone who needs to renew their vehicle tag in April should do so before April 17 or they will have to wait until Monday, April 22.

The new Driver Record and Integrated Vehicle Enterprise System (DRIVES) software is touted as a joint effort between the Georgia Department of Revenue and Georgia Department of Driver Services to create a system that will provide a title and registration system for the state.

The DRIVES project has been underway since 2015.

A press release from the Georgia Department of Revenue states the goal of the new system is to improve efficiency, customer service, reduce wait times and provide law enforcement with crucial information. One of the key advantages to the system, according to the website, is more online services and userfriendly technology.

The statewide transition to the new system will take place Thursday, May 23 through Monday, May 27. All vehicle tag offices in the state, including Jones County, will close at 1 p.m. May 23 and will not reopen until Tuesday, May 28.

Residents who need to renew their motor vehicle tags in May will need to do so before May 23.

The May closings dates are statewide and will affect all 159 Georgia counties.