State driver services receives new grant funding

Georgia Department of Driver Services was recently awarded grant funding of $376,961 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for ongoing support of the State of Georgia Electronic Conviction Processing System. GECPS provides a secure, electronic transmission of conviction data from Georgia courts to meet a federally mandated timeframe for posting convictions to individual driving records within ten days of adjudication.

GECPS requires each court to submit convictions in a standard format, and then correct and resubmit any convictions containing errors. To date 887 courts (up from 869 when the project began earlier this year) have adopted the GECPS process, which is a cost-saving application for the State and DDS customers.

This grant will allow DDS to ensure that these courts have an understanding of the functionality of GECPS and help the remaining courts who file paper citations convert over to the electronic system. Funding will also support a GECPS Outreach Program Coordinator who maintains contact with Georgia’s courts. In addition, this continuing support will allow DDS to not only implement system upgrades and enhancements, but to facilitate and improve the coordination, collection, processing, analysis, and reporting of driver convictions for the entire State of Georgia. The funding of the GECPS project will help improve the accurate and timely exchange of information between DDS and the courts, providing support for our courts and law enforcement.