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Bainbridge Newcomers Guide

Being a new resident in a community can be exciting and hectic at the same time. Here's a list of important information and office locations to help you get established in Bainbridge and Decatur County.

County Courthouse
County Courthouse
Located on the corner of West and Water Streets.
Ph (229) 248-3030

Drivers License & Auto Tag
By law, new residents are required to secure a Georgia license and auto tag within 30 days of moving to the state. Car tags may be purchased and ad valorem taxes paid at the Decatur County Tax Commissioner's office in the County Courthouse.

More Info about Drivers License



City of Bainbridge Utilities
  • Natural Gas
  • Water and Sewer
  • Garbage Collection

  • Call (229) 248-2000 for more information.

    Electric Power
    Georgia Power Company provides service to the city of Bainbridge.
    308 Airport Road, (229) 246-1370
    Three Notch EMC and Grady EMC serve most of the unincorporated areas
    Three Notch EMC 246-3244
    Grady EMC (229) 377-4182

    Telephone
    Local telephone service is provided by BellSouth.  Service is setup by telephone.
    BellSouth Residential Service 780-2355   Business Service 780-2800

    Cable TV
    Cable is provided by Mediacom   (229) 246-2433
    204 South Broad Street, Bainbridge

    Internet Service
    DSL service provided by Bellsouth
    Cable access is provided by Mediacom   (229) 246-2433

    Our Local News
    BainbridgeGA.com provides news on a daily basis
    The Post Searchlight is published each Wednesday and Saturday.

    School Registration
    Take your child's birth certificate, health exams, immunization and transcript records from your previous school with you to register at the neighborhood school your child will be attending. For more information on public schools, call (229) 248-2200.
    If you are interested in private education, call
    Grace Christian School at (229) 243-8851.
    To obtain information regarding post secondary education, contact
    Bainbridge State College Admissions Office at (229) 248-2500.

    Post Office

    Bainbridge Post Office
    Main Branch  401 N. West St.
    County Zip Codes
    Bainbridge Post Office boxes - 39818
    Bainbridge (north of Shotwell St) - 39817
    Bainbridge (south of Shotwell St) - 39819
    Attapulgus - 39815   Brinson - 39825
    Climax - 39834   Fowlstown - 39852

    Driver's License Exams/Renewals
        More info here

    Bainbridge Churches
    For a list of Churches in Bainbridge Go Here

    Gilbert H. Gragg - Decatur County Library
    Shotwell at Monroe Streets    Bainbridge, GA 31717
    It serves as the headquarters for the tri-county Southwest Georgia Regional Library System. It also serves as a sub-regional library for the blind and physically handicapped for 11 southwest Georgia counties.
    (229) 248-2665     Fax: (229) 248-2670   See More Library

    Voting Requirements
    You may register to vote at the Decatur County Courthouse on the corner Water and West Streets. You must be 18, a resident of Georgia, and registered at least 30 days before an election in order to vote.
    Phone (229) 248-3009 for information.
    Voter registration is also available in conjunction with the purchase of a Georgia driver's license through the Georgia State Patrol.

    Taxes
    Georgia law requires payment of property and income taxes.
    Automobile ad valorem taxes are payed with the purchase of one's auto tag.
    Property taxes are based on property owned on January 1 of each year.
    Taxes are due December 20.
    For more information,
    Call the Decatur County Tax Commissioner's office at (229) 248-3009.

    Memorial Hospital and Manor is an 80 bed facility that continues to expand. With exceptional local support, major equipment purchases are accomplished yearly to keep our facility growing. See more about our Hospital

    Health Department
    The Decatur County Health department is located at 928 West Street.
    Phone (229) 248-3055

    Dept. of Health & Human Services
    The Department of Family and Children's Services is located at 505 S. Wheat Avenue. Phone (229) 248-2420 for information.

    The Social Security Office serving Bainbridge is located in Thomasville at 1916 Smith Ave 31792. (229) 226-5078.
    Hours; Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri: 9 am - 3 pm
    Wed: 9 am - 12 pm   Social Security Online

    Pet Regulations
    Dogs must be registered within the city. Local veterinarians can inoculate and register your pet. Contact Bainbridge City Hall at (229) 248-2000 for further information.

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