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Guide to the Georgia DMV

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If you’re planning to move to Georgia or purchase a vehicle in the state, you may be wondering how to register your car and update your license.

New Registration

When bringing a car into Georgia from another state, you have thirty days to transfer your previous registration at the Georgia DMV.

Before registering you will need:

Once you have those documents, you may visit your tax commissioner’s tag office. Registration will be valid for one year, and you can complete registration with the following documents:

  • A completed Tag/Title Application (Form MV-1)
  • Your proof of insurance
  • Your Georgia driver’s license or state ID card
  • Proof of your Georgia residency
  • Proof of vehicle ownership (and out-of-state title, registration certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of inspection
  • Payment for all registration, title, and tax fees

Vehicle Inspections

Emissions tests are mandatory for all vehicles that are new to the 13 counties that require the emissions test:Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale counties. Your vehicle must be tested annually, before registration renewal. Your vehicle won’t require emissions testing if it is 3 model years old or newer. Fees will not exceed $25.

Registration Renewal

The State of Georgia requires that you renew your registration once a year. You can renew online with your renewal PIN, after paying the registration fee. Alternatively, you can mail your completed notice, insurance requirements, emission papers, and fee to the Motor Vehicle Department. You are also permitted to visit your local tag office with your vehicle registration notice and the requisite documents.


When you buy a car from a dealer, the dealer will generally submit the titling and vehicle registration paperwork for you. To complete the titling process, which must be done within 30 days of the sale, go to a Georgia DOR title office.

Driver’s License

You may obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days of establishing residency within the state. You will need to pass a vision exam. You will also need:

  • Your current driver’s license
  • One document proving your identification (U.S. passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • One document verifying your Social Security Number (W-2 or Social Security card)
  • Two documents proving your Georgia residency (a utility bill, financial statement, etc.)
  • The license fee of $32 for eight years

Auto Insurance Requirements

Georgia requires liability insurance for your vehicle. You must meet the following minimum coverage limits:

  • $25,000 per person
  • $50,000 per accident for multiple people in an accident
  • $25,000 per accident for property damage