Emissions Testing and Insurance Requirements
A valid emissions test for most vehicles (model years 1996-2017) is required prior to obtaining a tag or renewing your registration. Verification of continuous Georgia Liability Insurance coverage is also required upon registering or renewing your vehicle. Verification of such coverage must be uploaded electronically to the state's tag & title information system before registration or renewal can take place (please note - insurance cards are not accepted as proof of coverage). Otherwise, for recent vehicle purchases, a valid and current insurance binder dated within 30-days from date of purchase may be presented for verification.
To check the insurance and emissions status of your vehicle, please visit the Online Service Center located at https://eservices.drives.ga.gov (under "Lookup Information"); or call us at 770.781.2112.
Online Tag Renewals
You may RENEW your tags online via the Georgia Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicle Division. This site requires Internet Explorer 5.5 or better, and Visa or Mastercard are accepted. Please note that if you have changed your address, it will be necessary to renew at one of our two locations or by mail. If you have any questions regarding On-line Motor Vehicle Registration Renewal contact us at email@example.com or call 770.781.2112. Click https://eservices.drives.ga.gov/ for access to the online renewal page.
New Laws & Regulations
Both Registration and Title for a newly purchased motor vehicle from a source other than a registered dealer must be applied for at the new owner's County Tag Office no later than seven (7) business days after the Date of Purchase. The seven (7) day requirement is contained in Georgia Law. (O.C.G.A. 40-2-29)
If the Certificate of Title is in the possession of a security interest or lien holder at the time of application, The County Tag Office may issue a temporary license plate, valid for thirty (30) days. If the transferor does not provide a title to the transferee within five (5) days prior to the expiration of the initial thirty (30) day temporary license plate, the County Tag Office may issue a single thirty (30) day extension of the temporary license plate. (O.C.G.A. 40-2-29)
Registered Dealer Purchase:
The owner of a motor vehicle purchased from a registered dealer will be issued a dealer temporary license plate from the registered dealer at the time of purchase. The temporary license plate is valid for thirty (30) days.
Only a temporary license plate issued by a registered dealer or the County Tag Office is considered valid. Any other type of temporary license plate ("Tag Applied For", etc.) is considered unlawful. Operation of a motor vehicle displaying a non-valid license plate or non-valid temporary license plate shall be punishable as a misdemeanor subject to fines.
Effective July 1, 2007, Georgia State Law (Senate Bill 38) requires that vehicle registrants present a valid Georgia drivers license/identification card before a license plate can be issued or transferred.
Vehicle owners requesting registration, applying for, or wishing to transfer a tag at the Forsyth County Tag Office must provide a valid Georgia driver's license or a valid Georgia issued identification card reflecting a Forsyth County address.
New residents moving to Forsyth County from out of state are required to provide a valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia ID card with the current Forsyth County address before a license plate can be issued.
New residents moving to Forsyth County from another Georgia County must provide:
A valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia ID card with the current Forsyth County address (required for initial tag issuance);
A valid drivers license or a valid government issued photo ID and one of the following documents, dated within the last year, and in the vehicle owner's name with the current Forsyth County address:
Current Forsyth County residents who already have vehicles registered in Forsyth and move within Forsyth County may change addresses by emailing or faxing a copy of their driver's license along with a request to update their address.
For further information, please contact the Tax Commissioner's Office at 770.781.2112 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective January 1, 2004, Georgia County Tag Offices and Georgia Law Enforcement officers must verify insurance in the computer and cannot use an individual’s insurance card for valid proof of insurance for any motor vehicle with the exception of any vehicle covered by Fleet Insurance Policy or a Self Insurance Policy.
Your insurance information must be electronically transmitted by your insurance company and electronically matched to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety’s record for your vehicle.
THE TAG OFFICE CANNOT GUARANTEE A PREBILL WILL BE RECEIVED IN THE MAIL. Motor Vehicle tag renewals are due on the owner’s birthday. If you were a resident of Forsyth County last year and renewed your tag in Forsyth County last year, then you should receive a bill 60 days prior to your birthday in the mail. If you did not, then call us at 770-781-2112. Once you receive your bill in the mail, fill out the requested information and mail the requested amount in the return envelope.
A wealth of information regarding vehicle registration and titles may be found at https://dor.georgia.gov/motor-vehicles.
For information and to view samples of available specialty plates, please visit https://mvd.dor.ga.gov/motor/plates/PlateSelection.aspx