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Old 02-16-2019, 03:19 PM
 
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I recently moved out of state, thinking it'll be permanent, but planning to return back to Atlanta. The car registration will be due in 2-3 months, and I'm not sure whether I'll be back in Atlanta by then.

1. Am I able to renew the tag whilst living out of state? I will need an emissions test, so not how that will work. Also, I have converted my GA license to the local state, so not sure whether that impacts anything

2. If not, I may have to renew in the state I'm currently residing. In that event, if I move back to Atlanta, do I pay the tax again at the time of renewal? I bought this car originally in Atlanta 4 years ago.


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Old 02-16-2019, 05:41 PM
 
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1. I don’t think you have any choice, your tag is going to match your driver license.

2. Yep, move back to Ga., pay the tax.

Of course I could be wrong, if so someone will correct me.
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Old 02-17-2019, 05:50 AM
 
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The good news is I think the out of state registration TAVT will be lowered to 3% or something like that this summer. And of course it’s based upon the current value of the car.

I just got screwed for registering an out of state leased car. 7% on the entire value, and then another 7% if I buy it off lease in 15 months. Highway robbery.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:02 AM
 
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Officially no. Unless you are a student (I did this) or there's some other possibly covered reason.

But relocating out of state isn't a covered reason. Plus most states require you to register your car in that state within 30-90 days. Again, that's officially, I was going to let my GA registration run out while I was in Texas (about 8 months) and then come renewal time, register in Texas.

Did you change your car insurance to your new state? I did, but somehow GA found out and said they only accepted GA insurance. They were gonna revoke my GA car registration within 30 days. Long story short I went ahead and got a new car in TX, put my old car back on GA insurance (it's titled to my sister anyway) and my parents took it.


If you already have an out of state tag, register the car in that state. As soon as you have a drivers license, a cop pulling you over will know exactly when you moved and could give you a ticket for failure to register your car.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:53 AM
 
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If you already have an out of state tag, register the car in that state. As soon as you have a drivers license, a cop pulling you over will know exactly when you moved and could give you a ticket for failure to register your car.
Thatís the trick - donít get the license in GA until you are prepared to register your car as the clock starts ticking. After 30 days the TAVT fines start getting added.

I drove another vehicle here for 8 months on out of state plates because its lease was about to end and I didnít feel like paying over $2000 for the privilege of registering it. I changed my license when the lease was up and bought another used, depreciated vehicle. Luckily I still owned the house out of state at the time.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:47 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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You can try for the waiver. My mom did it during the recession when she went back to Maryland for a bit.

Georgia's Clean Air Force
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:02 AM
 
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You can try for the waiver. My mom did it during the recession when she went back to Maryland for a bit.

Georgia's Clean Air Force
This is just for emissions, not for the tag itself?
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:47 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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This is just for emissions, not for the tag itself?
Correct, once you get the waiver, you can get your sticker.

I missed that the op swapped their license so they won't be to use this option, I don't believe because you have to send your license info etc to the tag office.
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Old Yesterday, 11:37 PM
 
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When I moved out of Georgia the state I moved to went back and charged me for the months I didn't have the tag registered for my current home state in the month I bought the house. Was only a couple a months, but oh well. Might as well bite the bullet and get everything changed over and call your new state home! I should have registered and changed everything over immediately. Best thing you can do is get everything changed over immediately and start getting involved in your new community and acting like you want to be there and belong there start making a positive difference. Worst thing you can do is drag your feet act like you don't care and don't want to be there. People catch wind of that and take notice. Then if you ever need a favor they say well he doesn't care heck with him, her, or them. Trying to make your transition easier is all. Good luck
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