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Columbia County Tax Collector opens new office today

The State operated Driver's License office located in the Florida Highway Patrol building at 1350 W. US Hwy 90 in Lake City is now the West Branch office of the Tax Collector’s office.

All duties relating to the issuance of a Florida Driver's License or Florida ID card will fall under the direction of my office at our new West Branch office.

Similar services will also be available at the Courthouse Annex on Hernando Avenue and in the Ft. White branch office by the end of the summer.

In a cost saving measure the 2010 legislature passed legislation authorizing Tax Collectors, in their role as an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, to provide driver's license services to their citizens. The legislature also directed the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in conjunction with the Florida Tax Collectors Association and the Florida Association of Counties to develop a plan to transition Driver's License services to tax collectors.

This is an opportunity to provide “one-stop shopping” to you by adding driver's license services to those more traditional services of vehicle titles and tag registrations, as well as the collection of property tax payments, that have always been the responsibility of the Tax Collector.

Our office is about service and with the state closing offices all over Florida, it is our duty to provide these additional services to you.

My goal is to provide a pleasant and convenient atmosphere where you can conduct your business.

When you come to the Tax Collector’s office we always treat you with respect.

The Florida legislature has adopted the federal REAL ID Act for the issuance of Driver's Licenses.

I encourage you to go online at www.columbiataxcollector.com for details on these new procedures and if you still have questions, give us a call at 386-758-1077 and someone will be glad to help you.

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