Cobb County Government

Tag law to impact future vehicle purchases, fees

The Georgia legislature recently made major changes regarding the taxation of motor vehicles.

• Starting March 1, the new one-time title ad valorem tax fee applies to all title transactions (new and used vehicle purchases, transfers, all transfers among family members, or vehicles new to the state) and eliminates payment of sales tax and annual ad valorem tax.

• If you purchased a vehicle after Jan. 1, 2012, but before March 1, 2013, you may have the option of paying annual ad valorem tax or a one-time title ad valorem tax fee. If choosing the one time title ad valorem tax fee you must opt in between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2013.

•Whether paying the one-time title ad valorem tax fee OR annual ad valorem tax, requirements for insurance, emission, driver’s license and the renewal of your tag by your expiration date remain the same.

• If you purchased a vehicle before 2012, you will remain on the current annual ad valorem tax system.
Cobb Tax Commissioner Gail Downing provides important information about these changes to tag and title laws in a video, which is available at 2013 Ad Valorem Tax Video.

When the new law goes into effect March 1, 2013, very high walk-in volumes and lengthy service wait times are anticipated. Avoid the lines by using pay by phone, online, drop or mail services. The Helpline team is ready to assist with questions. Call 770-528-8247 and press “0” to speak to a representative or visit our website at