Newcomers Information

The Dalton-Whitfield County area extends the “red carpet treatment” to new residents by letting them in on a local secret: residents here enjoy the charm and easy access of small town life, without having to forfeit big city conveniences and opportunities. Dalton-Whitfield, with its strong historical traditions and cultural diversity, welcomes you!


Immediate access to emergency services for fire, Georgia State Patrol, police, sheriff, and ambulance can all be reached by simply dialing 911 or:

Georgia State Patrol 706-272-2200
Whitfield Co. Sheriff 706-278-1233
Cohutta Police 706-694-3330
Dalton Police 706-278-3330
Tunnel Hill Police 706-673-5535
Varnell Police 706-694-3141
Whitfield Co. Fire 706-259-7433
Cohutta Fire 706-694-3330
Dalton Fire 706-278-7363
Tunnel Hill Fire 706-259-7433
Varnell Fire 706-259-7433


New residents are required to purchase a new tag for automobiles within 30 days of arrival. Needed information includes title or registration, lien-holder’s name and address, insurance card, and last tag receipt.

The Whitfield County Tax Commissioner’s Office is located in the Whitfield County Courthouse, 205 N. Selvidge St. in Dalton and can be reached at
706-275-7505 or



Charter Communications 706-229-0800
OptiLink/a service of Dalton Utilities 706-529-1313
Windstream Communications 706-279-7010



Newcomers from out-of-state can obtain a Georgia driver’s license through the Department of Public Safety, located at 235 Wagner Drive in Dalton. Hours for testing are Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon. A current out-of-state driver’s license and proof of Georgia residence, along with a $15 fee to be paid in cash, are the requirements. More information can be obtained by calling 706-272-2272. Their website is:



Three suppliers provide utilities in Whitfield County, depending upon location. Electricity, gas, water, and sewerage are provided for the City of Dalton through Dalton Utilities at 1200 V. D. Parrott, Jr. Parkway, which can be dialed at 706-278-1313.

North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation is located at 1850 Cleveland Highway in Dalton, 706-259-9441.

Georgia Power is also found in Dalton at 1289 Abutment Road and can be reached at 888-660-5890.



The Board of Elections and Registrars is located at 205 N. Selvidge Street, Suite K in Dalton and can be reached by calling 706-278-7183. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Most customers moving into previously occupied homes or apartments can establish same day service by just plugging their telephone into a jack at the new location, pressing “5″ on the telephone touchpad, listening to the recording and following the directions. Windstream’s Quick Connect was designed to make moving into your new home easier.

Windstream Repair Service
Windstream Residential Billing
Windstream Business

Telephone Service is also being provided by OptiLink/a service of Dalton Utilities. Call 706-529-1313 for further information.


Charter Communications 706-428-2285
OptiLink/a service of Dalton Utilities 706-529-1313
Windstream Communications 706-279-7010



By contacting the Dalton City Schools Administration and Services Division on 300 West Waugh Street at 706-876-4000 ( or Whitfield County Schools Central Office on 1306 South Thornton Avenue in Dalton at 706-278-8070 ( newcomers can determine appropriate school placement for family members. Registration requirements include the student’s birth certificate, as well as current health and academic records.  Christian Heritage school is a private school located at 1600 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., 706-277-1198 (



The Dalton Post Office is located at 100 South Thornton Avenue, Dalton, GA 30720, and can be reached by calling 706-279-0751.

Post Offices are also located in:

  • Cohutta
  • East Side Station
  • Rocky Face
  • Tunnel Hill
  • Varnell



The Hamilton Health Care System, 706-272-6100

Hamilton provides medical services and information for Whitfield and surrounding counties. Please call to receive a free copy of a Medical Staff Guide and Map.

Whitfield County Health Department, 706-279-9600

Whitfield County Health Center offers specialized services including:

  • Women’s Services
  • Children’s Services
  • Medical Access Clinic
  • Public Health Services
  • Environmental Health Services
Wellness, Health and Fitness

Bradley Center for Wellness & Rehabilitation
Peak Fitness
Super Body Fitness – Cross Fit




Morningside of Dalton
Royal Oaks
Whitfield Commons
Dalton Place


Northwest Georgia Regional Library System ( be reached at 706-876-1360. Dalton is the headquarters for the regional library system, which serves a three-county area. The main branch is at 310 Cappes Street. The library issues library cards to residents at no charge.

For more information call:

Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce
100 South Hamilton Street
Dalton Georgia 30720
Tel: 706-278-7373
Fax: 706-226-8739
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