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Register my Vehicle if I'm New to Georgia?

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New Georgia Residents

Individuals moving to Georgia have 30 calendar days after establishing their residency to register their vehicles. The out-of-state vehicle registration will no longer be valid after the 30-day period. If you do not register your vehicle within 30 days, penalties and fines are assessed.

Effective March 1, 2013, Georgia House Bill 386 removed the sales tax and the annual ad valorem tax on newly-purchased vehicles or vehicles moving in from out-of-state and replaced them with a new one-time title ad valorem tax (title tax) of 7% in 2015. This amount is due upon titling any motor vehicle. 

New Georgia residents are required to pay 50% of the title tax at the time the vehicle is initially registered; the remaining title tax balance is due within one year. A Georgia title will not be printed until the remaining title tax balance is paid in full.

  • If you have a lienholder: The Georgia title will be mailed to the lienholder on file. A Georgia title will not be printed until the remaining title tax balance is paid in full.
  • If you do not have a lienholder: The Georgia title will be mailed to the registered owner at the address on file. A Georgia title will not be printed until the remaining title tax balance is paid in full.

When your vehicle requires a Georgia title, you will be unable to register your vehicle and obtain a Georgia license plate (tag) or to transfer an existing Georgia license plate to the vehicle without a Georgia title already issued in your name or without applying for a title at the time of registration.  Click here for a list of vehicle types required to be titled in Georgia.

The following is a list of items you will need to bring into a Gwinnett County tag office:

  • Original out-of-state title issued in your name. OR
  • If you have moved into Georgia from another state and your lender or leasing company is holding your out-of-state title, you must complete and sign a Statement of Title Held by Lien Holder or Leasing Company (Form T-17) and submit it with your original valid out-of-state registration certificate in lieu of your title. 
  • If the vehicle is leased, you will also need an original notarized power of attorney from the leasing company and the lease agreement (with the name and address of the leasing company).
  • Title Application (MV-1) signed by all owners while at the tag office or an original notarized power of attorney (Form T-8) for any owner who is not present.
  • Valid, current registration from the former state, or purchase contract.
  • Date the owner moved to Georgia.
  • Current mileage.
  • Valid Georgia driver's license or valid Georgia identification card with the current Gwinnett address for each owner.
  • If any owner is not present, a legible photocopy of the valid Georgia driver’s license or valid Georgia  identification card is required.
  • If you need information on how to obtain a Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card, click here.

Once your vehicle is registered in Georgia, you are required to renew your vehicle's registration by the vehicle's renewal deadline each year, which is the registered vehicle owner’s birthday. For more information about tag renewals in Georgia, click here.

Any documents, paperwork, license plates or renewal decals processed by the Gwinnett County tag office can only be returned to the registered owner of the vehicle or a family member with valid government-issued identification showing the same last name and/or same address as the registered owner of the vehicle.

Updated 1/14/2015