Motor Vehicle

New - HB 386 - Effective March 1, 2013 - House Bill 386, passed during the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, creates significant changes regarding the taxation of motor vehicles. Most importantly, vehicles purchased and titled on or after March 1, 2013 will no longer be subject to sales tax or the annual ad valorem tax, but instead will be subject to a one-time State and local Title Ad Valorem Tax Fee (TAVT). Similarly, vehicles purchased on or after January 1, 2012 but prior to March 1, 2013 will have the ability to "opt-in" to the new TAVT system from March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014. Generally, all other vehicles will remain subject to annual ad valorem taxes. This new title law applies to individual (casual) sales as well as to dealer sales.

To opt in to the new system, you must present your bill of sale and driver's license. The last day to opt-in to the new system is February 28, 2014.

If you are thinking about buying or trading for another vehicle and you would like to get an estimate of the new Title Ad Valorem tax, you can go to the state's Title Ad Valorem Tax Calculator.

New residents must register their vehicles within 30 days of establishing residency in Georgia. Residents must present a Georgia driver's license with their Walton County address, A bill affixing them to the address, current registration from previous state, provide out of state title or loan agreement with complete name and address of Lien Holder and T-17 Affidavit of Lien Holder, (available at tag office) proof of Ga. Insurance Binder and current mileage.

If you cancel the insurance, you must also cancel the tag registration. If your vehicle is not operational on your birthday, you still must pay the taxes due to avoid late registration penalties.

Tags expire on the birthday of the first owner shown on the registration. You should receive a tag notice at least 30 days prior to your birthday. Penalties apply after the birthday deadline. Failure to receive a notice in the mail does not relieve the penalty. If you do not receive a tag notice, call the Tag Office with your tag number to receive the amount of your bill and options to pay your bill. This must be done in time to insure registration by your birthday.

Motor vehicle owners are encouraged to renew their tags by mail whenever possible.You can also renew your tag over the internet at mvd.dor.ga.gov/tags or by phone at 866-549-1010 Bureau # 8737903

Newly purchased vehicles must be registered within 7 days if purchased from an individual or 30 days if purchased from a dealer. If you sell or trade a vehicle you keep the tag. Tags can be transferred to new vehicles that are registered to the same first owner. Proof of title (or bill of sale for 1985 and older models) is required to purchase a tag or transfer a tag from a vehicle you no longer own.

The penalty for late registration is 10% of the tax ($5 minimum) plus 25% of the tag fee. These penalties are applied immediately following the due date.

For further information regarding vehicle registration, please visit the State of Georgia Motor Vehicle Division website at http://motor.etax.dor.ga.gov/