Renew your vehicle's registration online, or visit your County Tax Commissioner's Office. Because most counties register vehicles throughout the year, you'll send payment for your new decal during the 30 days leading up to your birthday.
What You Should Know:
- If you own a passenger vehicle or motorcycle, annual registration costs $20. You'll also need to pay your vehicle's ad valorem tax if registered under the annual tax system, any fees for special tags, and the cost of an emissions inspection if you live in the metro Atlanta area.
- An ad valorem tax is based on your car's current value. As your car's value decreases year after year, your ad valorem tax will decrease as well. Calculate your ad valorem tax.
- If you are a college student whose permanent home is outside Georgia, you don't need to register your car in the state; however, you do need to make sure that your home state registration is current.
I'm a new Georgia resident. How do I register my vehicle?
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
How do I transfer a license plate from one car to another?
Visit your County Tax Commissioner's Office within 30 days of purchasing or acquiring a new vehicle. You'll pay $5 to transfer the license plate and $18 to transfer the title in your name once the Title Ad Valorem Tax is paid.
How do I change the name or address on my registration?
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.