House Bill 386 removes the sales tax and the annual ad valorem tax on newly-purchased vehicles. It replaces these taxes with a new title tax of 6.5% in 2013 and 6.75% in 2014.
Overview of Tax Reform Changes Regarding Vehicles
Motor Vehicle Tax Reform (HB 386)
Tag Office - 121 South McDonough Street Jonesboro, GA 30236
Tag Satellite Office - 1510 Southlake Pkwy Morrow, GA 30260 (Next to Burlington Coat Factory)
TAG HOURS: Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
FAILURE TO RECEIVE RENEWAL REGISTRATION DOES NOT RELIEVE OBLIGATION TO PURCHASE TAGS BY YOUR RESPECTIVE DEADLINE.
THIS OFFICE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR RENEWAL NOTICES, TAGS, OR DECALS LOST IN THE MAIL.
New Laws & Regulations
Effective January 1, 2011
Both registration and title for newly purchased motor vehicle from a source other than a registered dealer must be applied for at the new owner's Tag Office no later than seven (7) business days after the date of purchase (O.C.G.A. 40-2-29) and replaces the former thirty (30) day requirement for making an application for title and registration.
Tags expire on vehicle owner's birthday - Penalties are due after that.
Make Checks payable to "Clayton County Tax Commissioner".
Personal checks must be imprinted with owner's name and current Clayton County Address. Name and address on check and registration must be the same.
No out of state banks or credit union checks will be accepted.
Owner of vehicle must present a valid GA Driver's License to register and/or renew vehicle registration.
Ad Valorem Taxes are due each year on all vehicles, including non-operating vehicles, even if a tag or renewal decal is not being applied for.
Taxes cannot be computed by phone on Conversion Vans, Motor Homes, Trailers, Trucks or Tractors. Please bring your bill of sale to one of our locations to compute taxes.
For the 2013 test season, all 1989-2010 model year gasoline-powered cars and ligh duty (8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight rating or less) registered in Clayton County require an emission inspection. The inspection station will give you a copy of your inspection report (please bring in or mail in with your application).
A vehicle that is driven less than 5,000 miles per year, is 10 years old or older AND is owned by a person 65 years of age or older, may qualify for exemption. The Tag Office will issue a waiver. You must provide the current odometer reading. A waiver must be done every year.
For more information regarding emission testing, emission test locations, service center locations and waivers, please visit GEORGIA'S CLEAN AIR FORCE WEB SITE (GCAF) at www.cleanairforce.com
Military personnel claiming another state as legal residence must submit the approved notarized military affidavit for tax exemption for each vehicle.
Reservist and National Guard must submit a current dated letter of certification each year from his/her commanding officer. Social Security Number must be provided in letter.
If the gross vehicle weight on a truck is 55,000 pounds or more, owner must submit proof that Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax has been paid. Form 2290 with schedule 1 attached must be stamped "Received" by IRS. The complete ID number of vehicle must be shown.
TAX ONLY will be collected in Base County on vehicles requiring IRP registration.