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MANDATORY STATEWIDE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER EXTENDED TO APRIL 30  - TAX ASSESSORS OFFICE CLOSED FRI & MON, APRIL 10 & 13, 2020

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Debra Powell, Motor Vehicle Manager

The Coweta County Tag Office is a division of the Tax Commissioner's Office
22 East Broad Street, Suite 149 
Newnan, GA  30263


Phone: (770) 254-2631
Fax: (770) 254-2634
Email:
 dpowell@coweta.ga.us

 

Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday
EXCEPT: Third Wednesday of each month when hours are 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

 
PUBLIC NOTICE

Tax Commissioners Office (Taxes/Tags) Closed March 18, 2020 until further notice. (TFN)

As a precautionary measure to guard against coronavirus-COVID-19 and to help ensure the health and safety of the public and our employees, the Coweta County Tax Commissioner's Office will be closed to the public and all walk-in customers during the period of March 18-TFN. Staff will continue to work handling all aspects of the office including telephone calls, mailings, mail & online tag renewals, online tax payments, etc.

Please call our office (770-254-2631) for any issues.

Payments in the form of Check or Money Order for Property Taxes or Tag Renewals may be placed in a Drop-Box located near Entrance “C” on Perry Street.

All taxpayers may conduct their business through on-line services. The DOR & this office offer a number of motor vehicle and tax related services online, without the need of in-person interactions.

Motor Vehicle: www.eservices.drives.ga.gov  

Services available include tag renewal, duplicate registration, cancel registration, T A VT estimator, and many others.

Property Taxes: https://www.cowetataxcom.com/ (search & pay taxes)

Services available include search & pay taxes, view & print property tax bills, property tax payments, property tax receipts, general information, and others.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

THE COWETA COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE

P: 770-254-2631                      
F: 770-254-2634                      
email: rbrook@coweta.ga.us

            dpowell@coweta.ga.us

 
MOTOR VEHICLE DIVISION EXTENDS DEADLINES

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Georgia Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is providing various automatic extensions for Georgia motorists.

What extensions are being granted?

  • Temporary Operating Permits (TOPs) with an expiration date of March 16, 2020 or later should not be treated asexpired until Saturday, May 16, 2020. DOWNLOAD NOTICE
  • Vehicles with a registration expiring on or after March 16, 2020 without a current 2020 decal should not be treated as out of compliance with the registration and decal requirements until Saturday, May 16, 2020. DOWNLOAD NOTICE
  • Drivers who purchased the vehicle in a private sale (sale not involving a licensed motor vehicle broker or dealer) on or after March 16, 2020 should not be treated as out of compliance with the registration and license plate requirements until Saturday, May 16, 2020. The officer may ask to see the Bill of Sale (or properly assigned Certificate of Title) to confirm the vehicle was purchased on or after March 16, 2020. This exception does not apply to purchases made from or through a motor vehicle broker or dealer. DOWNLOAD NOTICE

IRP and IFTA Requirements WAIVED Through May 16, 2020

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) and its Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) are waiving the requirements for motor carriers and individual truck drivers to comply with the requirements associated with Georgia International Registration Plan (IRP) and the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) trip and fuel permits. The waiver terminates on May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. DOWNLOAD NOTICE

 


Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) - House Bill 386, passed during the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, created significant changes regarding the taxation of motor vehicles. Most importantly, vehicles purchased and/or titled on or after March 1, 2013 are no longer subject to sales tax or the annual ad valorem tax but instead are subject to a one-time State and Local Title Ad Valorem Tax Fee (TAVT). Generally, all other vehicles remain subject to annual ad valorem taxes. The title tax law applies to individual (casual) sales as well as to dealer sales.  

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 MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION (TAGS) 

New residents must register their vehicles within 30 days of establishing residency in Georgia. Residents must present a Georgia driver's license with their Coweta County address in order to register. A copy of a current business license must be presented for a first time registration in a business name.

Out-of-state titles must be surrendered and transferred to Georgia titles (year models 1985 and older are not required to be titled in Georgia). If there is a lien on the vehicle and you do not have the title, we must have the current registration and the name and address of the lien holder. Additionally leased vehicles require a power of attorney from the leasing company and a copy of the lease agreement.

Georgia liability insurance is required to be transmitted to the state's database by your insurance company in order to register your vehicle. The vehicle must be covered by liability insurance at all times or a lapse in coverage penalty will apply. The penalty is established by state law.

If you cancel the insurance, you must also cancel the tag registration. If your vehicle is not operational on your birthday, you still must pay the taxes due to avoid late registration penalties.

Tags expire on the birthday of the first owner shown on the registration.

You should receive a tag notice at least 30 days prior to your birthday. Penalties apply after the birthday deadline. 

Failure to receive a notice in the mail does not relieve the penalty. If you do not receive a tag notice, call the Tag Office with your tag number and one will be mailed to you. This must be done in time to insure registration by your birthday.

Motor vehicle owners are encouraged to renew their tags by mail or online whenever possible.

You can renew your tag online at https://eservices.drives.ga.gov 

The penalty for late registration is 10% of the tax ($5 minimum) plus 25% of the tag fee. These penalties are applied immediately following the due date.

Newly purchased vehicles must be registered within 7 days if purchased from an individual or 30 days if purchased from a dealer. If you sell or trade a vehicle vou keep the tag. Tags can be transferred to new vehicles that are registered to the same first owner. Proof of title (or bill of sale for 1985 and older models) is required to purchase a tag or transfer a tag from a vehicle you no longer own.

EMISSIONS

In 2020, Annual Emission Testing is required for 1996 -2017 year models (2018 and newer models are exempt from testing during 2020). The test is valid for 12 months from the date of the test and is good for one renewal only. If the vehicle fails the test, you must have it repaired and retested before you can register the vehicle. It is recommended that emission
testing be performed 30 to 60 days before your birthday.

There is a Georgia Clean Air Force representative available in the Tag Office lobby with hours as follows: Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 am -12:30 pm & 1:00 pm -5:00 pm. This GCAF representative processes Senior Waivers, Repair Waivers and Out of Area Extensions. Emission information may also be obtained by calling the Georgia Clean Air Force at 1-800-4492471 or by fax at 404-479-4384 or by going to their website at www.cleanairforce.com. Their email address is waivers@cleanairforce.com