The Dade County Tax Commissioner is responsible for the registration of motor vehicles and the collection of all registration fees, taxes and penalties specified by Georgia law. Ad Valorem taxes, if due, are collected when the vehicle is registered.
Newly-acquired vehicles and Vehicles new to the state must be registered within 30 days of the day you purchase the vehicle or the day you move to Georgia, respectively.
Out-of-state tags are valid for only 30 days after you move to Georgia, regardless of the date shown on the tag. There are only two exceptions: non-resident military personnel and full-time college students.
You must have a Georgia driver's license for personal identification when you register a vehicle. The Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety uses the Georgia driver's license number as an account number so all vehicles owned or leased by an individual can be consolidated in one account.
Cars bought out-of-state cannot be registered until sales tax is paid. For vehicles purchased from an out-of-state or out-of-country dealer or business, Georgia sales tax must be paid, or proof of payment submitted, at the time of title application. A Georgia title and license plate will not be issued until all sales tax due is paid. For additional information regarding sales tax, you may contact the Department of Revenue Rome Regional Office, 1401 Dean Street, Suite E, Rome, GA 30161-6494, 706-295-6061.
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