Registering Vehicles

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Tag Transfers

  1. License plates are property of the vehicle owner.
  2. If a seller has no intention of replacing a vehicle that was sold, the license plate should be turned in to the Tax Commissioners Office for registration cancellation purposes. A receipt will print that may be submitted to the insurance company so that insurance can be cancelled on the original vehicle.
  3. The first owner name on the new vehicle and first owner name on the old vehicle must match for tag to be transferable. There is a fee of $5.00 to transfer a tag from one vehicle to another.
  4. A license plate must be registered to the new vehicle before it can be displayed.

Annual Tag Renewals

Renewals

Between 30-60 days prior to your birthday (expiration date), a tag renewal notice will be mailed to you showing the amount of tag fees and ad valorem taxes due on your vehicle. In order to receive your new tag or decal, you must fill out the appropriate information and sign the renewal notice.

Late Fees

Late penalties are 10% of the ad valorem tax or $5.00, whichever is greater, plus 25% of the tag fee. Late penalties begin the next business day after your birthday/expiration date. To avoid having the payment returned, please include your GA DL number and current telephone number with your renewal.

NOT RECEIVING A RENEWAL NOTICE DOES NOT RELIEVE THE TAXPAYER FROM THE OBLIGATION TO PAY TAXES BEFORE THE RENEWAL DEADLINE. VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT OF TAXES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TAXPAYER.

**** If an annual renewal notice is not received, please call 912-653-3880 or 912-756-2434 with your license plate number, VIN number, etc. and we can mail you a duplicate renewal notice.

Name Changes

If you wish to have your name changed on your registration due to marriage or divorce, you must first apply for a new title. A name change requires that you appear in person with your original certificate of title and supporting certified legal documents (i.e., certified copy of the marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc...). In the case of divorce, the divorce decree must give the year and make of the vehicle. If a vehicle is financed, only the security lien holder can change the name on the title.

Vehicle Registration

The vehicle owner/lessee's date of birth is required when registering a vehicle. Upon initial registration, the owner's birthday is recorded to establish the next registration renewal period and expiration date of the vehicle license plate. If two or more persons own a vehicle, the registration dates are dependent upon the primary registrant's birthday.

Expiration Dates

 

INDIVIDUAL OWNERSHIP

You must register during the 30-day period ending on your birthday. Example: Your birthday is June 10-you may register anytime between May 10 and the close of the business day on June 10.

LEASED VEHICLES

You must register during the 30-day period ending on the lessee's birthday no more than 30 days prior to the lessee's birthday and no later than the close of business on the lessee's birthday.

BUSINESS/ENTERPRISE

Registrations in the name of a business, corporation, or organization are due at the end of the business owner's designated registration month. Business registrations are determined by month according to the first letter of the company name as shown on the registration application.


Business Name
Registration Month
Business Name
Registration Month

 A-B

C-D

E-F

G-H

I-J

K-L

January

February

March

April

May

June

 M-N

O-P

Q-R

S-T

U-V-W

X-Y-Z

 July

August

September

October

November

December

Insurance

Effective February 1, 2003, insurance cards are no longer considered valid proof of insurance coverage in the state of Georgia (House Bill 994). Exceptions to this are fleet and self-insured vehicles, which require a copy of the fleet card or insurance card each year.

Proof of insurance on a motor vehicle will be the electronic record on the Department of Revenue/Motor Vehicle Division database. Your insurance company is required to notify the DOR of any change in insurance status within 30 days of the date the change is made.

If you have recently changed insurance companies, you may submit a binder with an effective date less than 30 days old as valid proof of GA liability insurance. If you have a newly purchased vehicle, you may submit a declaration page with an effective date less than 30 days old as valid proof of GA liability insurance.

Effective February 1, 2003, if your insurance information is not in the DOR database, you will NOT be able to renew your tag. A new policy of purchase or changes to an existing policy are the only exceptions.

Penalties

Late penalties are 10% of the ad valorem tax or $5.00, whichever is greater, plus 25% of the tag fee. Late penalties begin the next business day after your birthday/expiration date. To avoid having your payment returned, please include your GA DL number and current telephone number with your renewal.

NOT RECEIVING A RENEWAL NOTICE DOES NOT RELIEVE THE TAXPAYER FROM THE OBLIGATION TO PAY TAXES BEFORE THE RENEWAL DEADLINE. VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT OF TAXES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TAXPAYER.

Title work received more than 30 days from the original purchase date will be charged a $10 title penalty.

Renewals by Mail

Renewing your tag by mail offers time and money saving benefits and is strongly recommended. Please allow at least one week for processing.

Payment may be in the form of a Company or Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Funds made payable to: Bryan county Tax Commissioner. Checks must have name, local address and bank account number pre-printed on the check. Please record your phone number and Drivers License number on the face of the check. We cannot accept third party or out of state checks.

Lapse fees are payable by Cash, Money Order, Debit Card, Credit Cart or Certified Funds only.

All mail should be sent to:

Bryan County Tax Commissioner
P.O. Box 447
Pembroke, GA 31321

Methods of Payment

Payment may be in the form of Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card, a Company or Personal Check, Money Order or Certified Funds made payable to: Bryan County Tax Commissioner. Checks must have name, local address, and bank account number pre-printed on the check. Please record both your phone number and Drivers License number on the face of the check. We cannot accept third party or out of state checks.

There is a 2.50% convenience fee on Credit Card transactions

 

Newcomers Guide to Registering Vehicles in Bryan County

If you have recently moved to Bryan County, the following will be needed when you come to our office to register your vehicle(s):

Moving to Bryan County from another state:

*Titles with a lien holder
  • Copy of out of state title if available or original title if previous state was a non-title holding state
  • Out of state registration in applicant(s) name
  • Georgia drivers license reflecting correct address
  • Georgia insurance downloaded to state database or GA Binder if policy is less than 30 days old

Name and address of lien holder

  • *Titles without a lien holder
  • Out of state title (original)
  • Georgia drivers license reflecting correct address
  • Georgia insurance downloaded to states database or GA Binder if policy is less than 30 days old

*** If vehicle is titled in two names, both owners must be present at the time of registration.

Moving to Bryan County from another GA county:

Previous GA registration with current tag information
Proof of residency for this county in the form of at least one of the following:

  • Drivers license changed to reflect your Bryan County address
  • Power bill in your name
  • Copy of homestead exemption card
  • Copy of your residency lease or purchase agreement