New to Georgia?

Welcome to Georgia!

On this page find information for new residents applying for a Georgia title and registering motor vehicles. 

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

Vehicle(s) must be registered with the state within 30 days from the date you moved to Georgia.

Title and Register My Vehicle as a New Georgia Resident

Before you visit, 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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What is Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) and Annual Ad Valorem Tax?

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