License Plates in Georgia
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. If BOTH personalized plates are stolen/lost they must be replaced with a new plate - duplicates will not be made.
In order to replace your plates you must:
- Visit your local tax commissioner's office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in an application for replacement plates. Please see the list below for links to the appropriate forms for each type of plate.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees of $8 for standard plates.
- If your license plates are stolen, you must submit either a police report or a Report of Lost, Stolen or Mutilated License Plate form if you are surrendering mutilated plates.
- If your prestige license plates get mutilated, you may obtain replacement plates by filling out a Request for the Manufacture of a Special License Plate along with the application for replacement plates.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Alternative Fuel, Disabled Person, Prestige, Private School Bus, Private Truck (14,000 to 18,000 lbs), Private Truck (18,000 to 26,000 lbs) and Standard. Please see the proper application form for regular series license plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local DDS office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
Special Interest Plates are divided in the following categories: College Plates, Government Plates, Military Plates, Motorcycle Plates and Other Special Interest Plates. The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: African American History, Tourism in GA, Choose Life, Honoring All Veterans, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Wildlife. Click on Personal Prestige Plate, College or University plate and Military Plates to access the applicable application form for requesting special interest plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local DDS office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please click here.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under Georgia Law it is NOT mandatory to retain standard license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates will remain with the buyer once the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred; however, if the plates are special interest or personalized then there are two options for the seller. He can keep the plates for another vehicle; or release the plate to the buyer. Both options require the seller to fill out an application for the plates that will state whether you are retaining them for another car or releasing them to a new owner.