How to register a vehicle in

Georgia

as a non-US resident

Georgia

at a glance

Major cities
Atlanta
Major ports of arrival
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
Registration challenges
In-state address required
In-state driver's license required
Proof of residency required
Average sales tax rate
6.6%

State Overview and Advice

In order to register a vehicle in Georgia, you need a Georgia driver's license and a Georgia address.

Getting a Georgia driver's license is not an easy process. We recommend starting your visit in another state, or using visitor.us' services to register a vehicle that you buy in Georgia.

The Registration Process

Georgia vehicle registrations are handled by Georgia's Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

If you purchase your vehicle from a dealership, the dealer will issue you a Georgia Temporary Operating Permit, valid for 30 days, whether you plan to register your vehicle in Georgia or elsewhere.

Georgia Temporary Operating Permits are not available for private party purchases.

If you plan to register your vehicle in Georgia, the dealer will apply for title, but not registration, on your behalf. To apply for registration, bring the required items (below) to a Georgia MVD office in the same county as your registration address.

For vehicles being registered in Georgia, Georgia sales taxes are payable to the dealer upon sale, or the MVD upon registration (if purchased from a private party).

Taxes and Fees

Sales Tax

State sales tax

6.6%

Average local sales tax

0.0%

Average combined sales tax

6.6%

Registration fees

Light Vehicle

Fees: $38

RV

Fees: $38

Motorcycle

Fees: $38

$15,000 car

$1,028

$50,000 RV

$3,338

$5,000 motorcycle

$368

Total taxes and fees

Registration Requirements

Prior owner's title

The vehicle's title must be signed by the owner(s) printed on the title, its odometer reading recorded (if less than 10 years in age), and be free of all liens in order for the prior owner's interest to be released.

Identification

A Georgia driver's license is required to register a vehicle in Georgia.

Bill of sale

A bill of sale is not required to register a vehicle in Georgia, although signing one with the vehicle's seller is recommended.

Application

MV-1 DOR Motor Vehicle Title/Tag Application

Inspection

Emissions (smog)

Vehicles ages 3-25 years and trucks >8,500 lbs require an emissions inspections if registered in the following counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, Rockdale (Atlanta metro areas).

Safety

Safety inspections are not required in Georgia.

VIN

VIN inspections are not required in Georgia.

Insurance

Georgia's minimum liability insurance limits are 25/50/25. Proof of insurance is required to register a vehicle in Georgia.

Residency

Georgia does not require proof of residency to register a vehicle.

Local Address

Vehicles registered in Georgia must be registered to a Georgia address.

The Alternative

When you sign up with visitor.us, this is what you get:

Company Formation

visitor.us forms a Limited Liability Company for you in Montana, the best state for international visitors to register vehicles.

Vehicle Purchase

Complete paperwork and funds transfer with the seller.
The seller will list your LLC and its address as the buyer on the vehicle's title, and visitor.us will arrange for it to be couriered to us for processing.

Insurance

Insurance from a top-rated insurance company that covers you, your vehicle, and your LLC.

Vehicle Registration

You buy a vehicle, we register it in MT. Why?
- MT sales tax: 0%
- Inspections not required in MT

Annual Actions

visitor.us will keep your registration current, and courier your annual decal and registration document to you ('hold at courier location for pick-up' available, if you're on the move).
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