Vehicle Registration & Renewal

Emissions Testing and Insurance Requirements

A valid emissions test for most vehicles (model years 1997-2018) 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 (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 or call 770.781.2112. Click for access to the online renewal page.

New Laws & Regulations

Private Sales: 

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.


Vehicles new to Georgia must be titled and registered within 30 days of the date Georgia residency is established. Out of State registrations expire 30 days after your move to GA, regardless of the expiration date of the out of state registration. Only two exceptions apply - non-resident military personnel and full-time college students.

Individuals moving to Georgia have 30 calendar days after establishing residency to title and register their vehicles.

Residents moving to Georgia will pay a one-time Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) equaling 3% of vehicle value when applying for a Georgia title and registration. Vehicles registered beyond 30 days from date of residency are subject to a $10 late title penalty, as well as a TAVT penalty of 10% of the principle TAVT due (an additional 1% will apply for each subsequent month past-due).  To obtain a TAVT estimate for your vehicle, please visit the Georgia Department of Revenues online TAVT estimator here.

  • If you have a lienholder: The Georgia title will be held electronically until the loan is paid off, at which time a paper Georgia title will be printed and mailed to the vehicle owner.
  •  If you do not have a lienholder: The Georgia title will be mailed to you.

If your vehicle requires a Georgia title, you will be unable to register your vehicle and obtain a Georgia license plate (tag) without applying for a title at the time of registration.

The following is a list of items you will need to bring to our office.

  • The 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. Please note : If you are coming from Missouri, Kentucky, Montana, Maryland, New York, Michigan, Oklahoma, Minnesota or Wyoming you must have the title to register.
  • 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, or, for any owner(s) not present, an original notarized power of attorney (Form T-8) and a legible photocopy of the valid Georgia driver’s license or valid Georgia identification card.
  • Current registration from the former state, or purchase contract.
  • Current Georgia insurance
  • Current mileage of the vehicle(s)
  • Current Georgia Emissions Certificate, if applicable.
  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Date of residency may be based on one or more of the following:

  • Date of Georgia Driver’s License/ID Card issuance
  • Closing date of home purchase
  • Rental Agreement execution date
  • Utility establishment of service date

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 first registered owner’s birthday.

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:

  1. Utility bill
  2. Lease/rental agreement
  3. Bank statement
  4. Closing papers
  5. Voter registration card

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

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.

Renewal Information

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

Special Tags

For information and to view samples of available specialty plates, please visit

Contact Us

Main Office

 Address: 1092 Tribble Gap Rd.
Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-2110
 Fax: 678-455-1207
 Email: Contact Us

Sharon Springs

 Address: 1950 Sharon Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041
 Phone: 770-781-2110
 Fax: 678-455-1207
 Email: Contact Us


The mission of the Tax Commissioner's Office is to collect and disburse all taxes and fees due the state, county, and schools in a timely manner, and to provide residents quality customer service by applying Georgia laws with integrity and fairness.