New to Georgia?

Welcome to Georgia!  On this page find information for new residents applying for a Georgia title and registering motor vehicles. Vehicles must be registered with the state within 30 days from the date you moved to Georgia.

You will need to visit the County Tag Office to apply for a Georgia title and register.

Title and Register My Vehicle as a New Georgia Resident

Before you visit  visit the County Tag Office, gather the information below to title and register your vehicle for the first time.

  • Identification

    Get a valid Georgia driver’s license or ID card. As a new Georgia resident, before you can register your vehicle(s), you must have a valid Georgia driver’s license or ID. The Georgia Department of Driver Services issues driver's license and ID cards.

    Once you have a valid Georgia driver's license or ID, you can title and register your motor vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, and motor homes.)

  • Completed Title/Tag Application

    Completed and signed MV-1 Title/Tag Application.

  • Proof of Ownership

    Provide one of the following:

    • Original, valid out-of-state title
    • Registration from a non-title state or country (if your vehicle is a 1986 or newer and currently registered in a state or country that does not issue titles for this type and/or year model vehicle.)
  • Loan or Lease on your Motor Vehicle

    If you have a loan or lease on your motor vehicle

    • Complete and sign Form T-17 Statement of Title Held by Lienholder, Security Interest Holder, or Leasing Company.
  • Emissions Inspection (if applicable)

    Residents of the following metropolitan counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale are required to have emissions inspections before registering their motor vehicles. 

    Visit Georgia Clean Air Force for more information on requirements and inspection locations.

  • Proof of Georgia Automobile Liability Insurance Coverage

    Provide proof of Georgia Automobile Liability Insurance Coverage (one of the following)

    • Filed electronically by your insurance company directly into the Department’s database
    • Insurance binder showing liability coverage
  • Vehicle Taxes and Fees

    Be prepared to pay Vehicle Taxes and Fees

    • Annual registration fee - $20
    • Title Fee - $18
    • Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) - 3% of vehicle fair market value

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