The title application must be processed prior to the registration being issued or at the same time the registration is issued.
Once the title application has been processed, and if you still need to register the vehicle, the dealer will send you a copy of the title receipt and you will need to visit the Barrow County tag office. If you have not received a copy of the title receipt and it has been at least 25 days since the date of your purchase, contact the dealer to determine the status of your application.
To register the vehicle, you need to bring the following items when visiting one of our offices:
Without a Lien
If you purchase a vehicle from an individual or business (other than a dealer) in private sale, you are required to apply for the Georgia title and registration within seven business days of the purchase date. A registration can be issued along with the title application or after the application has been processed.
When the seller has provided a title properly signed over to you, all of the following are required:
Valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card. If a new tag is to be issued, the Georgia DL or ID card must reflect a Barrow County address.
With a Lien
If you purchased your vehicle from an individual or business and the Certificate of Title is in the possession of a bank or other financial institution, you must still apply for the Georgia title and registration within seven business days. If you are financing the vehicle, the lienholder normally will submit the necessary documents to apply for your title.
If you purchased your vehicle from an individual or business and there is a lien involved and the bank or financial institution does not provide the title within the seven day period, then you will not be able to title or register the vehicle. In certain situations you may be able to obtain a temporary operating permit.
When the title is in the possession of a bank or other financial institution, bring the following items:
Salvage vehicles are not eligible for a Georgia title or registration until they have been rebuilt and passed inspection. For more information on salvage vehicles, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website.
For information on how to obtain a Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card, visit the Department of Driver Services website
Individuals have 30 calendar days after establishing residency to register their vehicles. The out-of-state vehicle registration is no longer valid after the 30-day period. If you do not register your vehicle within 30 days, penalties and fines are assessed.
Once your vehicle is registered, you are required to renew the registration by the vehicle's renewal deadline each year, which is the registered owner’s birthday.
If you're moving from another Georgia county, follow these steps:
Your address can be changed by visiting the Barrow County Tag Office and presenting a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia ID card with the current Barrow County address.
You can also change your address online at the Georgia DOR's Online Service Center. You must include a copy of your valid Georgia driver's license or ID card.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services offers one free change of address on your Georgia Driver’s License online or in person at one of their facilities. Visit their website for more information.
The expiration date is the first registered owner's birthday.
Below is a list of renewal dates for registrations in the name of businesses that are not IRP. The letters correspond to the first letter of the business name.
|A-B - January||M-N - July|
|C-D - February||O-P - August|
|E-F - March||Q-R - September|
|G-H - April||S-T - October|
|I-J - May||U-V-W - November|
|K-L - June||X-Y-Z - December|
Tag Weight Classes
Trucks & Truck Tractors Not For Hire
|Dec 1st||Mar 1st||Jun 1st||Sep 1st|
|PI||44,001-54,999 lbs.||$190.00||$142.50||$95.00||$47.50 (1)|
*PW - Hauling Fertilizer & Agriculture products
*PX - Not Truck-Tractor
*PZ - Hauling Fertilizer or Milk
Trucks & Truck Tractors For Hire
|Dec 1st||Mar 1st||Jun 1st||Sep 1st|
*HX - Not Truck-Tractor
All Hearses and/or Ambulance
HB - $20.00
Renew On Time
Not receiving a renewal notice does not relieve the registered owner from the obligation to renew the vehicle’s registration by the due date. Penalties will not be waived because the owner did not receive a renewal notice. Contact us at 770-307-3106 or by email to any tag and tax clerk listed on the contact page for a copy of the renewal notice or to receive total amount due.
To ensure timely processing and to avoid penalties, carefully read the renewal notice and the enclosed insert for instructions and additional information. If a renewal is submitted without all the required information, it will be returned to the owner and tax/tag penalties will be applied.
Renew Your Tag Online
Credit cards accepted online are Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Note: The Georgia Department of Revenue charges a credit card convenience fee of 2.5% ($1.50 minimum fee) to use this service.
A tag cannot be renewed online if the vehicle:
Renew Your Tag By Mail
To ensure timely processing and to avoid penalties, carefully read the renewal notice for instructions and additional information. All renewal requirements must be met before the renewal can be processed. If a renewal is submitted without all the required information, it will be returned.
Personal checks or money orders are accepted.
Mail renewal payments to:
Barrow County Tax Commissioner
30 N Broad St.
Winder, GA 30680
Mailed-in renewal payments must be postmarked by the US Postal Service on or before the renewal date or tax and tag penalties will apply. If the renewal is received without proper payment or required documents, the renewal will be returned and the due date cannot be extended. Tax and tag penalties will apply.
Renew Your Tag In Person
Visit the Barrow County Tag Office. Payment methods include cash, personal checks, and money orders, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.