Frequently Asked Questions
TAVT stands for Title Ad Valorem Tax.
Any vehicle purchased from a dealer or individual on or after March 1, 2013, is subject to a one-time TAVT based on the value of the vehicle. The TAVT replaces the Annual Ad Valorem Tax (AVT) and the sales and use tax on most vehicles titled in Georgia.
based on the fair market value as determined by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR).
For new vehicles, the value is the retail selling price less any reduction for the trade-in value of another motor vehicle and any rebate.
Once the value is established, TAVT is calculated by multiplying the value by the current year’s TAVT percentage. The percentage rates are as follows:
- From Jan. 1, 2020 through Jun. 30, 2023, the rate is 6.6% for current residents.
- For new Georgia residents registering their vehicle(s) in Georgia for the first time, the rate is 3%.
- The rate may be adjusted in the future, but it will never exceed 9%. If increased, the rate is set by the DOR Commissioner and published by August 31.
values from multiple assessment manuals.
If you purchased your vehicle before March 1, 2013, you will pay a yearly tax, or AVT at the time of registration renewal.
dealer is required to remit the TAVT payment.
If you purchase from a dealership, the TAVT and any other fees are usually collected at the time of purchase and sent to our office for processing. Generally, there is nothing more you need to do. You can contact our office 2-3 weeks after purchase to inquire about the status of your registration.
If you purchase from an individual with an out-of-state title, you will be responsible for paying TAVT, title fees, and registration fees at the county you live in. You MUST have an ID with a Glynn County address.
Spouses, Parents, Grandparents, or siblings can transfer vehicles with a reduced tax rate by supplying a signed and notarized MV-16 form. This form does not apply to extended family, such as cousins, aunts and uncles, or nieces and nephews.
If the previous owner paid the annual Ad Valorem Tax, you can continue to pay AVT or pay the applicable TAVT.
• If the previous owner already paid the new TAVT, you must pay the TAVT in an amount
equal to 1/2 of 1% of the fair market value.
• An ‘immediate family member’ is defined as spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or
• A notarized affidavit, (MV-16) to support the relationship is also required.
If the previous owner already paid the TAVT, you must pay TAVT in amount equal to 0.05% of the fair market value.
An affidavit to support the relationship will also be required.
All other inheritance rules apply.
If you chose to purchase the vehicle at the end of your lease, you will be required to pay tax again.
For donated vehicles the following items will need to be submitted:
- Bill of Sale showing the vehicle was donated.
- MV-31 affidavit for non-profit organization
- 501-C Status Letter
This really depends on your dealership and how they decide to process your title work. Sometimes dealers purchase new tags on your behalf, and they are mailed to you. In some cases dealers expect you to purchase your own tag from our office.
When in doubt, ask your dealer how they chose to handle your tag. If your temporary tag will expire soon, you can contact our office and we will let you know what to do next.
Keep in mind that the title work can take up to 4 weeks, so you won't be able to get a new tag right away.
Although you are free to keep your tag, and use it on another vehicle in the future, you still need to cancel your registration.
You can cancel your registration in our office, or on our eservices website here.
As long as your vehicle has insurance, you do not have to cancel your registration. However, if you drop your insurance for any reason, and do not cancel your registration first, you will receive an insurance lapse suspension penalty.
Yes! Although you don't need insurance to have a vehicle titled in your name, if you wish to have it registered and receive a tag it must be insured.
Learn how to fill out the back of a title by clicking here.
Read through our Types of Title Transfer page to determine which situation applies to you, and learn about what documents you need.
Then, bring your paperwork, including the original title (and proof of insurance if you plan on registering) to our office.
Keep in mind, we do not accept title work after 4:30 p.m.