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How to Register a Vehicle in Georgia

Georgia law requires that motor vehicle owners must register their vehicle with the Georgia Department of Driver Services before taking it on the road. Both new and second-hand vehicles must be registered, regardless of whether they are purchased from a dealer or an individual. In addition, new Georgia residents who have registered their vehicle in another state must register their vehicle in Georgia. The initial vehicle registration must be done in person, and registration renewals must be done annually, either in person, online or by mail.

If you are a new resident, you must register your vehicle within 30 days from the date you have established residency in Georgia. For Georgia residents, registration must be carried out within 30 days from the date of purchase.


If you are registering a motor vehicle in Georgia for the first time, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Carry your Georgia ID card or driver's license if registering in person. If registering by mail send a copy of your ID card or license. Some counties require a first time registration to be done in person.
  2. Submit Proof of ownership either in the form of your vehicle's original title, manufacturer's certificate of origin, or registration certificate from a non-title state or country. You must also submit a signed Certificate of Inspection; form T-22B along with the registration certificate from a non title state or country.
  3. You must submit a completed and signed copy of an Affidavit of Title Held by Lien or Security Interest Holder or Leasing Company, form T-17 along with your registration certificate in lieu of your title.
  4. Get your vehicle inspected for emissions. Vehicle inspections must be performed at an inspection station or by an inspector that has been licensed by the Georgia's Clean Air Force. Find out more about vehicle inspections in Georgia, or locate an inspection station near you. Once the vehicle passes inspection, you will be issued an inspection certification.
  5. Proof of residency in Georgia is required as well. This can be in the form of the lease for a new residence, a moving invoice or a shipper's invoice, a copy of your last paycheck or a letter from your previous employer.
  6. Complete a MVD tag or Title application form, Form MV-1.
  7. Visit the Office of the Tax Commissioner, and bring the completed title/registration form with you, along with the inspection certification. In addition, you will need to provide proof of insurance, and the odometer reading, if the vehicle is less than 10 years old. More information on insurance requirements can be found here.
  8. For vehicles that have been registered in another state, you must also bring the original, out-of-state title. If the title is unavailable, bring the registration document, along with proof of sales tax payment.


When registering your vehicle at the county tax office, you will be required to pay certain fees, typically as follows:

  1. The registration fee, which varies depending on the manufacturer's model year or the vehicle's total weight.
  2. Title application fee which is $18.

There may be additional fees when you register, depending on your county. Contact the county tax office for the specific requirements.


Owners of motor vehicles in Georgia are required to renew their vehicle registration annually, and can do so in person, online or by mail. See our Registration Renewal section for complete details.


Reviews of How to Register a Vehicle in Georgia

We moved to Georgia and we built a new house. We are now buying our foods, medicines, gas, clothes, plants around the house etc etc. Why did we have to pay an EXTRA tax when registering our 2 cars? We ALREADY paid the tax in Florida. If the state of Georgia wants more money to waste why don't they get is from the state in which the tax was already paid and collected and get a portion of that? This may prevent some people from moving to Georgia. This is legalized robbery...

I have a car that was gifted by a friend a year ago. I drove the car for a but title and registration is not in my name. The tag and registration is now outdated and me and the person has no contact. How do I get title in my name to continue driving car.

I am leaving a small car in Georgia year-round at our winter home (in residence in GA 5 months a year). It is titled, registered and inspected in Maine. The Maine inspection will run out, but I can re-register it in Maine via on-line. Question: Should it be registered and inspected in Georgia and have a Georgia plate, or can it be driven uninspected in Georgia on a Maine plate?

I'm buying a car in DE from my nephew and I need to register it before I drive it back to GA how do I do that in before November 2015?

If I gifted a vehicle last year, signed the title over, did the odometer paperwork and gift BOS, am I still liable for the vehicle if it hasn't been registered by the new owner?

I'm selling my truck to an out of state person, what do I have to do with the GA plate......throw it away

My son is an Active Duty Marine, his vehicle is registered in the state of Mississippi. His home address is in Georgia. His Mississippi tag has expired. He is stationed in North Carolina. He has a Georgia Drivers License. How will he go about registering his vehicle in Dallas?

We just moved from Fayetteville, GA to Newnan, GA. I have 2 vehicles to register. What do I need to do?

where do I go to get a exempt tag I purchased 2 car here in Georgia my daughter has one and she lives and works in Pittsburgh pa. and the car is still in my name because I live here. and it has Georgia plates but I can't get it registered what do I do and where do I go? to get this resolved.

I just moved to GA from California. I'm making payments on a motorcycle that is registered in California to a friend who is the registered owner. Can I register the motorcycle and get it insured in GA?

I have my car title And my car was registered in chicago but i lost my registration papers can i still register my car in georgia without the registration

If a car is 10 years or older, can you just do a bill of sale instead of a title transfer? (in the state of GA)

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I have my title & I want to change the Lien Holder; what do I need to do

Hi Im moving to Marietta from South Carolina. I recently turned in my tags in South Carolina and I'm going to register it in Marietta but I have no tags for emissions. Can I get some sort of extension for emissions so I can get my tags???

its been more than 30 days it has been 35 days since we bought our truck. does it cost more to register it? or does anyone know how that works??

I'm purchasing a car and for financing purposes need it registered in the state of Ga, even though I live in Tn. About a month after the financing paperwork is done I will be transfering the vehicle back to Tn. What would be the simplist way to accomplish this??

My son is driving back from the west coast and his tags expire on October 31st, can he get an extension so that he can get across country with those tags and how? Or can he get new tags as by the end of the week somehow? I am willing to go to the registry for him and I am also owner of the car as well. Please help. Thanks

I'm trying to find out do I obtain a temp plate to transfer a car purchased in Connecticut to transport to Georgia?

I traded my truck for a car and want to keep my tag and swap it to the car. What process do I need to do to go about this? I am at college in KY but have the tag registered for GA. I want to keep the tag registered to GA. I have not found information that has been helpful on this website. I've only found how to relinquish my tag to the buyer and that's not what I want.

i got a car for parts, no purchase fee, now i dont want this car and want to give it to someone, do i need to register it or i just give them title and sign their name under 1st dealer assigment?

How do I obtain a temporary tag to transfer a car purchased in Virginia to Georgia?

I have came to atlanta about 1 month ago from Taiwan. I hadn't have a driving license in Georgia yet, but instead I have an international license issued from Taiwan. In fact, I'm going to buy a used car, and I'm wondering that can I register my used car by using my international license and passport? In addition, I am an U.S citizen, so I have my SSN. Thank you for anyone who can answer my question.

No. In the state of GA you have to have a current GA drivers license to purchase and register a car. No dealer will sell you a used car without a GA drivers license.

How can I get the title for a 2004 that was brought for me without one. I have the VIN... how would I check to see if there isn't any liens on it without paying with all these misc online companys that is asking for my credit card information.

2004??? You can't buy a car, that new, without a title; unless its a salvage or parts car. Somewhere there's a title and its illegal to sell without one.

How do I register a 1972 motorcycle that only has a bill of sale?

You need your bill of sale, drivers license and proof of insurance. A 1972 doesn't require a title. Pay the fees and your good to go. No emissions on motorcycles either