TITLE AD VALOREM TAX ("TAVT")
Effective Friday March 1, 2013 House Bill 386 removed both sales-tax and annual ad valorem taxes from vehicles purchased 03/01/13 and thereafter, and replaced them with a single, one-time Title Ad Valorem Tax (“TAVT”)
VEHICLES PURCHASED ON OR AFTER MARCH 1, 2013:
If you purchased a vehicle on or after March 1, 2013; you will pay the "TAVT" to the Tag Office in your County of residence at the time of title application & registration. "TAVT" must be paid prior to the issuance of a Georgia Title & License Plate.
"TAVT" is not an annual tax. It is due from the purchaser each time the vehicle is sold & titled.
For more information regarding the Title Ad Valorem Tax, please call us at 770.781.2112; email firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit the Georgia Department of Revenue at https://eservices.drives.ga.gov
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
A vehicle purchased prior to 03/01/2013 currently subject to annual ad valorem tax will continue to be taxed as such until the vehicle is sold & re-titled.
All other existing annual vehicle registration requirements, including annual tag renewal fees, decals, and emission tests (if applicable), remain in effect for all vehicles regardless of purchase date.
LENGTH OF TIME TO APPLY FOR TAG & TITLE
FOR 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).
PURCHASED FROM REGISTERED DEALER:
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.
RESIDENTS NEW TO GEORGIA:
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 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Date of residency may be based on one or more of the following:
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.