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Most vehicle registration questions are answered on this web site.
If you need additional information please call our tag office at (770) 461-3611 and someone will be happy to help you.

Vehicle Registration Renewals: Click HERE.

UPDATE: Motor Vehicle Office Hours

Due to the implementation of the Drives program please note the changes in hours of operation:

· Thursday, May 23rd — the office will be open all day but will not be processing transactions after 12 noon.

· Friday, May 24th — the office will be open from 8 am - 5 pm to address any questions to the public but please note that we will not be able to assist you with renewals, registrations, or any other computer related paperwork.

· Monday, May 27HOLIDAY - our office will be closed.

· Tuesday, May 28th — Our office will be open from 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. to assist taxpayers with regular business.

If your birthday falls at the end of May or during the month of June, I strongly encourage you to renew your tags in early May. I understand that this may not be possible for some of you, but we appreciate your patience as we work with the state to make this as smooth a transition as possible.


Press Release - April 29, 2019


The Georgia Driver Record and Integrated Vehicle Enterprise System (DRIVES) is a multi-year effort between the Department of Revenue and Department of Driver Services to modernize and combine two of Georgia's largest and most complex legacy software systems. The Department of Revenue is implementing phase one of the system upgrade, which goes live to the public on May 28th, 2019.

Press Release - April 10, 2019

Georgia Drives Fact Sheet


New residents must register their vehicles within 30 days of establishing residency in the state of Georgia. In order to register, residents must provide a Georgia drivers license with their address in Fayette County. If you are registering vehicles for a business in Fayette County, you must provide a current business license for first time registration.

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

Georgia liability insurance is required from your insurance company. This information must be transmitted to the state’s database by your insurance company in order to register your vehicle. The vehicle must be covered by liability insurance at all times or per Georgia law, a lapse in coverage penalty will apply.

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

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Ad valorem tax is a value tax that is assessed annually and must be paid at the time of registration. Payment of ad valorem taxes is a prerequisite to receiving a tag or renewal decal. Ad valorem taxes are due each year on all vehicles including vehicles that are not operational, even if a tag or registration is not being applied for. Taxes must be paid by the last day of your registration period to avoid a 10% penalty (minimum $5). Tax amounts vary according to the vehicle make and model and the tax district in which the owner resides. Ad valorem tax receipts are distributed to the state, county, schools, and cities. These levying authorities use this revenue to fund their general operations.

For estimated TAVT valuations please use the following link:

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Uniform tax valuations used in calculating Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) and motor vehicle ad valorem taxes are certified to county tax commissioners by the Georgia Department of Revenue. TAVT is calculated at fair market value multiplied by the TAVT rate, which is currently 7%.If you wish to dispute the assessed value of your vehicle you may appeal the value at the time of your transaction.

For estimated TAVT valuations please use the following link:

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An annual state tag fee of $20 is required for issuance of regular passenger or light duty truck license plates or renewal decals. Prestige, college, commemorative, or some special tags require a one-time $25 manufacturing fee plus an additional $35 annual special tag fee.  Specialty plates are available with an annual tag fee of $35; wildlife plates will be available for an annual tag fee of $25.  When ordering a prestige, or college commemorative tag, be sure to include a copy of the State approval letter and the appropriate fees. Other special tags do not require a letter.

New metal license plates are issued periodically. Renewal decals are issued for the years in between. Georgia law requires renewal year decals be affixed to the lower right-hand corner of the license plate. Registrations must be renewed each year during the vehicle owner’s registration period to avoid a 25% tag fee penalty.

Click here for form MV9B to request a prestige tag.

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The registration bills are mailed out 45 days prior to the vehicle owner’s birthday (expiration date).

In order to provide the best service to our taxpayers, we encourage registration renewals by mail. Registration payments should be mailed early so as to allow time for return of your tag or renewal decal before your current tag expires on your birthday. When mailing your registration payment, please allow 10 days for processing and return of your tag or renewal decal. Registration payments must be postmarked no later than your birthday to avoid penalties. Late penalties are 10% of the ad valorem tax (minimum $5), plus 25% of the tag fee. Please carefully read the instructions that are included with your registration renewal form.

To ensure timely processing and avoid penalties, please carefully read the instructions that are included with the registration form and enter all the required information in the appropriate spaces. By completing ALL SECTIONS of the registration form, timely processing is assured and penalties avoided.

Not receiving a registration bill does not relieve the registrant/taxpayer from the obligation to register and pay taxes during their birthday registration period. Vehicle registration and payment of taxes are the responsibility of the registrant/taxpayer. If an annual registration bill is not received, please call (770) 461-3611 to request a duplicate bill, or you may fax a legible copy of your registration receipt along with your current address to (770) 716-1770 and a bill will be mailed to you within a few days.

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Fayette County Tax Commissioner is required by law to ensure emissions compliance at the time of the tag sale. The State Department of Natural Resources and its Georgia Clean Air Force have responsibility over the design, implementation, and public awareness aspects of the emissions program.

Georgia vehicle emission inspection and testing presently covers a 13-county region and are required for model year vehicles 1991 and newer. Testing is required annually for all year models except exempt year models. Exempt year models are the last three model years. If a vehicle 1991 model year or newer comes from outside the 13-county region, and emissions test must be performed regardless of the model year to ensure all vehicles entering the region meet the requirements of the Georgia Clean Air Act. When registering your vehicle you must submit a current emissions inspection certificate (if applicable) along with your registration bill, as a prerequisite to receiving a tag or renewal decal. To simplify this, any vehicle more than 3 years old and up to 25 years old requires yearly emission testing prior to renewal.

Vehicles exempt from emission requirements are current year model and last two preceding year model vehicles, vehicles with diesel engines, vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 8500 pounds or more, and motorcycles. Out-of-state students and senior citizens may be eligible for extensions or waivers in certain circumstances. Call the Georgia Clean Air Force at 1-800-449-2471 for more information or check with

SENIOR CITIZEN EMISSIONS WAIVER: A vehicle that is driven less than 5,000 miles per year, is 10 years old or older, AND is owned by a person 65 years of age or older, may qualify for an exemption. The waiver for this exemption will be processed for approval at the Fayette County Tag Office.

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Georgia law requires that all vehicle owners carry at all times minimum liability insurance. A record of your insurance coverage must be electronically transmitted to the Georgia GRATIS data base prior to registration and obtaining a license plate for a vehicle. Motor vehicles may provide a valid binder or declaration page indicating coverage in lieu of electronic transmission.  A binder should be dated within the current 30 day period, and a declaration page should be dated within the current 20 day period.

Use the following link to check your insurance status:

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Military personnel who are claiming residency in other states, and who are in Georgia solely by virtue of military orders, are not subject to Georgia TAVT (Title Ad Valorem Tax).


  • You must be an active duty soldier (green military identification card);
  • You cannot be a resident of the State of Georgia (subject to Georgia income taxes);
  • You must be stationed in Georgia pursuant to official military orders;
  • The soldier must comply with all inspection requirements in their particular jurisdiction (i.e., emissions);

If a soldier is TDA and he/she would like for their spouse or family member to execute an exemption, he or she must give their spouse or family member a power of attorney authorizing the family member to do so.

To access the Non-Residents Service Members Affidavit for Title Ad Valorem Tax on Motor Vehicles Form please use the following link:

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The vehicle owner/lessee’s date of birth is required when registering a vehicle. Upon initial registration the owner’s birthday is recorded to establish the next registration renewal period of expiration date of the vehicle license plate. If a vehicle is owned by two or more persons, the birthday of the owner whose name appears first on the certificate of title is used for registration.

Vehicles owned by a business are not required to record a date of birth. The expiration date will be established according to the first letter of the business name. Be sure to check the box on the renewal form that indicates a business registration.

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For Persons: Registrations expire on the vehicle owner/lessee’s birthday and must be renewed during the 30 day period preceding and ending on the owner/lessee’s birthday.

For Business: Registrations in the name of a business, corporation, or organization expire at the end of the business owner’s designated registration month. Business registrations are staggered by month according to the first letter of the company name as shown on the registration application. Business owned vehicle registrations must be renewed during and no later than the end of the designated renewal month.

Business Name
Registration Mo.
Business Name
Registration Mo.
A - B
M - N
C - D
O - P
E - F
Q - R
G - H
S - T
I - J
U - V - W
K - L
X - Y - Z

Registration renewal applications postmarked after the end of any registration period will accrue a 10% ad valorem tax penalty (with minimum $5), a 25% tag penalty.

Registering by mail offers time and money savings benefits and is strongly recommended. Registrants needing assistance may register in person in our tag office located at 140 W. Stonewall Avenue, Suite 109, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

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Payment may be in the form of cash, a Company or Personal Check, Money Order, Certified Funds or by Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover). A service charge of 2.5% will be added to any credit/debit transaction, and debited against your credit/debit card account to cover the cost of the third party processing company for completeing the transaction. Checks should be made payable to: Fayette County Tax Commissioner and should have name of registrant, local address (P O Boxes are not acceptable), and bank account number preprinted on the check. Please enter your home and business phone numbers, a driver’s license number, and tag number on the face of your check. We cannot accept starter, counter, third party, payroll, or checks with an out of state, out of county, or P O box address.

Tag renewals can be processed online through the Department of Revenue using a credit card or debit card @

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New residents from out of state must register in person at our office within 30 days of establishing residency. The original certificate of title from out of state will be required. The owner listed on the face of the original title must be present. If the title lists multiple owners, all owners must be present, or those owners who cannot be present must provide an original notarized Power-of-Attorney. The Power-of-Attorney must include the year, make, model and vehicle identification number of the vehicle being registered. The current registration from the former state will also be requested along with the current mileage of the vehicle. A valid Georgia insurance carrier must have provided the GRATIS database with minimum liability insurance coverage prior to registration. A valid binder or declaration page from the insurance policy can be used at initial registration, and either must indicate minimum liability coverage, the vehicle VIN and dates of coverage. A Georgia Emissions Certificate will also be required. If the title is being held by a lien holder, the loan agreement, showing the owner or owners of the vehicle, a complete description of the vehicle and the name and mailing address of the lien-holder must be presented. If the vehicle is leased, the lessee must have the lease agreement showing a complete description of the vehicle and the complete name and address of the lessor. Also, an original notarized Power-0f-Attorney from the lessor is required to be completed. New residents entering the state of Georgia will be required to pay TAVT (Title Ad Valorem Tax) at the time of initial registration. Documentation will be required to show proof of when residency was established in Georgia.  The title tax is 7% of the fair market value at the time of registration.  You may pay half of the amount due at the time of initial registration with the remaining balance paid by one year of the registration date.  Titles will not be released by the state until the TAVT is paid in full.

Acceptable documents are:

  • Georgia driver’s license
  • If you have a leased vehicle, you must have a Power-of-Attorney from the leasing company.
  • Title - if you own your vehicle.
  • Registration - if you have a lien, we will need complete lienholder’s name and mailing address.  If the state you move from is a non-title  holding state, you must present the title.
  • Insurance company’s name and policy number.
  • Odometer reading and number of cylinders.
  • Date of purchase of vehicle (day, month, and year).
  • Original Georgia Vehicle Inspection Report. (Must have inspected whether it is an odd year or even year vehicle.)
  • Cost: $18 per title, $20 per plate, plus TAVT tax based or 7% of the fair market value of the vehicle.  If you pay by check, your check must have your Fayette County address printed on it.
  • All vehicles 1986 and newer, travel trailers, pop-up campers, and trainers exceeding 2,000 pounds require a title for registration.

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New residents moving into Fayette county from within the state of Georgia should come to the tag office to update their record with their new address. Residents moving to Fayette County from out of state must title and register their motor vehicles within 30 days after moving to Fayette county. Your insurance carrier must have provided the GRATIS database with minimum liability insurance coverage prior to registration. A valid binder or declaration page from the insurance policy can be used at initial registration, and either must indicate minimum liability coverage, the vehicle VIN and dates of coverage.

You should bring documentation indicating your current Fayette County address, such as utility bill, drivers license, etc.

Emissions testing will be required on the first and subsequent renewals on all vehicles not exempt from testing.

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Georgia residents with newly acquired vehicles must register within 30 days of vehicle purchase. New vehicle owners must apply for a title prior to or at the time of registration. Registration must be made in person at our tag office. If an owner is unable to appear in person, an original notarized Power-of-Attorney for that person must be presented at the time of registration. The Power-of-Attorney must include the year, make, model and vehicle identification number of the vehicle.

If you have leased a vehicle, you must provide the lease agreement at the time of registration.

If you have possession of the title and wish to make application, please read over your title completely before signing.  Titles differ from state to state, with some requiring signatures on the front, while others require that you complete the back.  Make sure all areas on the original title are completed, recording the buyer name, the seller name, both signatures, the date of sale and current odometer reading. Do not use whiteout, or cross through an error on the back of the title. A notarized affidavit of correction will need to be completed which must accompany the title, and MV1 form if correction to a title must be made. Please note both seller and buyer may need to complete an affidavit of correction, depending on the error. The affidavit of correction form below must be completed if you determine there has been an error in the transfer of your title and must be presented at the time of registration. If white-out has been used on your title, please note that the title will be voided. If you are the original owner, you may request a new title from the state. If you are the purchaser, you must go back to the original owner to have the title replaced.

Download the affidavit of correction form

If the vehicle is purchased from an automobile dealer, the dealer assignment section must be completed with registered dealers name, dealers master tag number and date of sale. Latest registration information of the vehicle will be required. Proof of insurance and emissions will be required.

If your vehicle was purchased from another individual, you may drive your non-tagged vehicle for 7 days without penalty, but you must register within 30 days of purchase.

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License plates are the personal property of the vehicle owner. During a change of ownership, license plates should be removed from the vehicle and retained by the seller. This will allow the seller to transfer the tag to a newly acquired vehicle.

  • If you trade-in, sell, or dispose of your vehicle, retain your license plate and transfer it to your new vehicle. Eligibility to transfer a tag follows these guidelines:
  • The vehicle the tag was originally issued to, must be sold. An affidavit will have to be signed at the tag office acknowledging that the previous vehicle has been sold.
  • The new registration must read exactly as the previous registration. Ownership must be the same. For example: If the previous registration read John Smith and Suzie Smith, the new registration must read John Smith and Suzie Smith. If the new registration reads Suzie Smith and John Smith, or John and Suzie Smith, the tag cannot be transferred.
  • The tag must be applied to a vehicle of the same kind. Passenger vehicle to passenger vehicle, trailer to trailer, motorcycle to motorcycle, etc.
  • If you are not going to use the plate, please come into our office to cancel the plate.

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If you wish to have your name changed on your registration due to marriage or divorce, you must first apply for a new title. A name change requires that you appear in person with your original certificate of title and supporting certified legal documents (i.e., certified copy of the marriage certificate or divorce decree). In case of divorce, the divorce decree must give the Year and Make of the vehicle. If a vehicle is financed, only the security lien holder can change the name.

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When there is a probated will, the applicant must provide the title in the deceased party’s name, if available, along with a certified copy of the Probated Will, or Letter of Testamentary, or permanent Letters of Administration, or Years’ Support that gives a complete description of the vehicle.

Also required are, current validated registration, an original Georgia emission certificate and proof of Georgia Liability insurance on the vehicle.

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Handicapped person parking permits are issued in this office.

For a temporary or permanent handicapped permit, you must have a signed and notarized letter from your physician, indicating your current medical limitations.

Please use the link below to obtain the form for completion by your primary physician:

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In Fayette County the tests for driver's licenses are given Tuesday through Friday at the Department of Drivers Services — 749 West Lanier Ave, Suite 102, Fayetteville, GA 30214 — from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or on Saturdays from 8 – 12 noon.  Applicants need to be at this location for testing by 4:00 p.m. due to the large volume of applicants. The telephone number is 678-413-8400 or 1-800-754-3687. For more information, check
Accepted methods of payments are Credit/Debit Cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, cash, checks or money orders.  For more information, please click on the link below.

The Georgia State Patrol will answer questions at 678-413-8400. It is important that you listen to the tape in its entirety.


749 West Lanier Ave Suite 102
Fayetteville, GA 30214

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