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A building and parking lot expansion is planned at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s driver services center in Gallatin.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security plans to expand its driver services center in Sumner County to increase capacity at the facility, according to a spokesperson for the agency.

A 1,500-square-foot addition to the building, located at 855 North Blue Jay Way in Gallatin, along with 14 new parking spaces were unanimously approved by the city’s planning commission last month.

“More parking over there is probably a good thing,” Gallatin Planning Commission Vice Chairman Matt Harris said about the project. “It seems like every time I drive by there, it’s overflowing.”

The expansion would bring the total number of parking spaces at the site up to 70 and would be “consistent” with other similarly sized driver services centers in the area, according to Josh King, assistant city planner.

Construction of the building and parking additions are expected to be completed with the next year, according to Wes Moster, communications director for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

The full-service center, which serves all of Sumner County, was relocated more than a decade ago and has averaged 62,000 transactions annually during the last three years, Moster added.

It offers all services except for the processing of reinstatement transactions and skills testing for commercial driver’s licenses.

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