Motor Vehicles

Vehicle Tag Renewals
New residents must register their vehicles within thirty days of establishing residency in Georgia. A Georgia Driver's License must be obtained before registering your vehicle.

Out-of-state titles must be surrendered and transferred to Georgia titles (year models 1985 and older are not required to be titled in Georgia). If there is a lien on the vehicle and you do not have the title, we must have the current registration and name and address of the lien holder. Additionally leased vehicles require a power of attorney from the leasing company.

Georgia liability insurance is required to be transmitted to the state's data base by your insurance company in order to register your vehicle. The vehicle must be covered by liability insurance at all times or a lapse in coverage penalty will apply. If you cancel the insurance, you must also cancel the registration by coming into the office.

Rabun County residents can now renew over the internet at https://mvd.dor.ga.gov/tags/index.aspx.

Tags expire on the birthday of the first owner shown. You should receive a bill 30 days prior to renewal. Penalties apply after the birthday deadline. Failure to receive a bill in the mail does not relieve the penalty. If you do not receive a bill, call the Tag Office with your tag number and one will be mailed to you. This must be done in time to insure registration by your birthday. If your birthday falls on a weekend or holiday, you can renew next business day without penalty.

It is the vehicle owner's responsibility to insure their vehicle is properly registered. 

The penalty for late registration is 10% of the tax ($5.00 minimum) and 25% of the tag fee. These penalties begin immediately following the due date.

New and Used Vehicles

Newly purchased vehicles from a dealer must be registered within 30 days. From individual to individual it is now 7 days.  Sales Tax is due at the time the title is applied for on vehicles purchased from an out-of-state dealer or business.

If you sell a vehicle, you keep your tag. Tags can be transferred to new vehicles that are registered to the same first owner. The title (bill of sale for 1985 and older) is required to purchase a tag or transfer a tag from a vehicle you no longer own.

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

 

Effective January 1, 2010...House Bill 1005
VEHICLES ACQUIRED FROM OTHER THAN A DEALER:
Within seven (7) business days of purchase or other acquisition of a vehicle, the new owner shall, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-2-29 apply to the owner's County Tag Agent and present the Certificate of Title, previous registration, and insurance, accompanied by applicable fees.  If the Ceritificate of Title is in the possession of a security interest or lien holder, the County Tag Agent shall issue a temporary operating permit valid for 30 days.

Effective May 26, 2010...House Bill 1055
SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE FEE CHANGES:
Special license plate fees have increased from $25 to $35 and special tag renewal fees have increased to $35.  There will now be an annual fee of $35 for all special license plates.  These plates include: Wildflower, Wildlife, Hobby Antique and Educator.  For those who currently have a prestige automobile or motorcycle license plate, you will have an increase of $10.  License plates without an increase are Military and Disable Person.