Beginning in February 2013, car owners who purchase new or used vehicles no longer pay the annual ad valorem tax but instead pay a one-time title tax. The new Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) replaces both the purchase sales tax and the yearly ad valorem fees.
What You Should Know:
- If you purchased your motor vehicle before March 1, 2013, you'll continue to pay the annual "birthday tax."
- If you purchased your motor vehicle on or after March 1, 2013, you'll pay the one-time title tax.
- In 2016 through 2018, new car owners will pay a TAVT rate of 7% in most Georgia counties. This rate will be reevaluated in 2018 and 2022 to determine if it needs to change, but under the current law, it will never exceed 9% of the vehicle’s fair market value.
What if I buy a car from a dealership out of state?
If you are a Georgia resident and buy your car from a dealership out of state, you'll still have to pay Georgia's TAVT.
I just moved to Georgia. How does the ad valorem tax affect me? How do I pay it?
If you're new to the state, you can pay half of the title tax within 30 days of establishing residency. You can pay the other half of the tax within the year. To register your car in Georgia, first go to a Department of Driver Services office to transfer your driver's license. Then, with your temporary driver's license in hand, you can visit your County Tax Commissioner's Office to register and title your car. There you'll need to:
- Fill out an application for a title and license plate
- Present proof of insurance (such as your policy's Declaration Page)
- Pay for your registration, title and one-time Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) in cash, check (with your current address on the checks) or money order where accepted
Source: Department of Revenue. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.