Voluntary Cancellation of Registration

To avoid fines and penalties, vehicle owners should voluntarily cancel their registration if the vehicle:

  • Has been sold
  • Is not being driven
  • Is inoperable

Cancel registration BEFORE cancelling insurance coverage to avoid fines and penalties related to Georgia law requiring insurance coverage. 

It is illegal for you to drive or allow someone else to drive a vehicle with a cancelled, suspended, or revoked registration, or if the vehicle is uninsured.

How to cancel registration

To voluntarily cancel registration, complete Form MV-18J Application of Voluntary Registration Cancellation and submit to the County Tag Office in the county where you live.

How to reinstate registration

To reinstate registration (after cancellation) submit the following to your County Tag Office.

Military Personnel

Active military personnel, either resident or non-resident, can voluntarily cancel vehicle registration if no one is going to be driving the vehicle during deployment. Registration can be cancelled by submitting Form MV-18J Application of Voluntary Registration Cancellation to the County Tag Office in the county where you live before cancelling insurance coverage.

Upon returning, registration can be reinstated at your County Tag Office with the following:

Note:  If you are not going to drive your vehicle, you may voluntarily cancel your vehicle registration with your County Tag Office without surrendering the license plate.

Motor vehicle owners and lessees are required by law to maintain continuous Georgia Liability Insurance coverage on vehicles with active registrations. Driving a vehicle while the registration is suspended, revoked or cancelled is a misdemeanor. Additional penalties will apply, if convicted of driving a vehicle with a suspended or cancelled registration.