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 Dawson County last year and renewed your tag in Dawson County last year, then you should receive a bill 60 days prior to your birthday in the mail. If you did not, bring your registration with tag number to the Tax Commissioner’s Office.

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.

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.

The penalty for late registration is 10% of the tax and 25% of the tag fee. These penalties begin immediately following the due date (midnight of your birthday). Unless you fall under the new TAVT system.

Detailed information regarding vehicle registration and titles, and samples of what is available for special tags may be found at the Georgia Department of Revenue website.

Transfer From Another County

You will need to bring your current registration cards along with your valid Georgia Drivers License with a Dawson County address. We will transfer you to Dawson County and give you the correct county stickers for your tag at no charge.



New Purchases

From a dealer:
All vehicles must be registered within 30 days of purchase. No one can register a car in the state of Georgia with out a title applied for at the time of registration or a dealer/lien holder applying for a title. Other items you will need are:

  1.  Acceptable proof of insurance
  2. Georgia Drivers License or copy of primary owner's Drivers License with Dawson County address.


From an individual:
All vehicles must be registered within 7 days of purchase. Items you will need are:

  1. Title from individual selling vehicle – correctly signed.
  2. Acceptable proof of insurance.
  3. Georgia Drivers License with a Dawson County address.
  4. Current Mileage - unless exempt


You are required to title all 1986 and newer vehicles prior to registration. All owners need to be present with valid identification and acceptable proof of insurance.

Transfer From Another State

New residents to Georgia must have the following documents in order to register a vehicle:

Vehicle With No Lien

  1. Out of State Title
  2. Current Registration from Previous State
  3. Proof of Georgia Insurance
  4. Georgia Drivers License with Dawson County Address
  5. Current Mileage - unless exempt


Vehicle With Lien

  1. Loan Agreement with Complete Name and Address of Lien Holder
  2. T-17 Affidavit of Lien Holder (available at tag office)
  3. Proof of Georgia Insurance
  4. Georgia Drivers License with Dawson County Address
  5. Current Mileage - unless exempt


Leasing

If you are leasing your car contact your leasing company and request a Limited Power of Attorney for the vehicle to be registered. You will need that original limited power of attorney, acceptable proof of insurance, copy of the title, leasing agreement and a Georgia Drivers License with a Dawson County address.

Taxes

Taxes on Motor Vehicles are due on the owner’s birth date unless you are under the new TAVT program. Vehicles owned by a business pay tax based on the first letter of the Business name. The annual ad valorem tax is based on the 40% value of the vehicle. Taxes are due on a vehicle, even when the vehicle is not in use.
Fees

Tag Fee (regular tag) for passenger vehicles and trucks with gross weight up to 14,000 - $20.00
Title Transfer Fee -Percentage of the fair market value of the vehicle
Replacement Tag, Decal, or Title - $8.00
Trailers with a gross vehicle weight of less than 2,000 pounds are not required to be titled in Georgia. The previous registration is required.
Trucks with a gross vehicle weight over 14,000 (Truck and load) fees are based on the weight.