New Car Tag Laws Could Mean Long Lines And Steep Fees

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By Greg Gullberg
Feb. 19, 2013

Valdosta, GA - The way Georgians pay for their car tags is about to change, but that could mean long lines and steep fees at the tag office.

Tax Commissioners are doing away with sales tax and the "Birthday" tax. Now it's going to be a one-time fee. The fee is going to be pretty steep but it could save you money depending how long you own your car.

Georgia's new title tax law goes into effect March 1st. At that time, tax commissioners are asking residents to just be patient as they make the switch over to the new system.

Some estimates show it will take twice as long to process transactions under the new system.

So here's how it works:
- If you buy your car after March 1st you'll pay the one time tax and not the "birthday" tax.
- If you bought it between January first, 2012 and February 28, 2013, you'll have your choice.
- And any cars bought before 2012 will stay on the "birthday" tax.

To learn more, there is a public information session in Valdosta Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the James Rainwater Conference Center.

You can also visit your county’s website or the Georgia Department of Revenue at

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