New to Georgia


New residents must register their vehicles within thirty-days of establishing residency in Georgia. A Georgia Driver ’s License must be obtained before registering your vehicle visit Georgia DDS at for more information.

New to Georgia , Out-of-state titles must be surrendered and converted to Georgia titles (year models 1985 and older are not required to be titled in Georgia). If there is a lien on the vehicle and you do not have the title, we must have the current registration, name, and address of the lien holder. If lien is held in the following states, you must present the original title: KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NY, OK, WI. All owners listed on the out-of-state title must be present. Leased vehicles require a power of attorney from the leasing company along with the lease agreement.

Out-of-state residents are required to pay 3% Title Ad Valorem Tax at the time of registration. You can calculate your Title Ad Valorem Tax due using the Georgia DOR ’s TAVT Calculator.

A passing Georgia emissions tests is required for 2000 - 2021 model year gasoline-powered cars and light-duty trucks (8,500 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating or less). The three most recent model year vehicles are exempt from emissions testing in 2024 include all 2022 and newer model-year vehicles (2022, 2023 and 2024).

Georgia liability insurance is required to be transmitted to the state’s data base by your insurance company to register your vehicle. The vehicle must have continuous insurance coverage, or a lapse fee will apply. If you cancel the insurance, you must also cancel the registration.

Dual Residence must provide proof they maintain two residences. Current utility and tax bill from each state in their name. Out of state Driver’s license must have the same address listed on tax and utility bill from that state. Must obtain proof of GA insurance.

It is the vehicle owner ’s responsibility to ensure their vehicle is properly registered.