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The Motor Vehicle Division provides information regarding tag renewal, title application, tag transfers, and ad valorem taxation on motor vehicles. In the State of Georgia, all property, unless otherwise exempt from taxation, is taxed based on its value.
Taxing Factors Generally, there are two factors that govern the amount of ad valorem tax an individual or business pays on their vehicle. Those factors are millage rate and valuation.
Millage rates are set by the Athens-Clarke County Board of Commissioners, Clarke County Board of Education, and the State of Georgia. Millage rates are based on each taxing authority's respective budgetary needs for that fiscal year.
Valuations are provided by the Department of Revenue and are intended to reflect the true market value of each vehicle, but do not take into consideration condition or mileage. Should an owner wish to dispute the valuation, such appeal is required to be submitted to the Athens-Clarke County Board of Assessors.
Acceptable methods of payment in the office are cash, in-state checks, money orders, MasterCard, VISA and Discover. A 3% service fee for credit card transactions and a $2.00 fee for debit card transactions will be added to the total amount due. To renew in the office, bring in a valid GA driver’s license or GA issued Identification Card showing a current Clarke County address.
Payment types accepted online and by phone are MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, & E-checks. A 2.35% service fee will be added to payments made by credit card ($1 minimum fee), a $2.00 service fee will be added to payments made by debit card, and a $1.95 service fee will be added to transactions paid by E-check. Important News Electronic Insurance Verification is now required in the State of Georgia. Georgia law requires that all drivers in the state carry minimum liability coverage on their vehicle. Insurance companies are now required to electronically transmit your coverage to the Department of Revenue.