Tag Renewals

Out-of-County Renewals
Individuals and businesses that have relocated into Clarke County, have Georgia plates on their vehicles, and need to renew them must do so in person at the Tag Office located at 3025 Lexington Road. The applicant must be able to provide proof of ownership, proof of insurance and have a current Georgia Driver's License or ID with the current Clarke County Address.  Acceptable proof of ownership includes: out-of-county registration, a Georgia title or a pre-bill from the prior county.

Information for In-County and Out-of-County Tag Renewals

Pre-printed Notifications

You may receive a pre-printed notification of tag fees and taxes due (pre-bill) for vehicles you own shortly before the beginning of your registration period. These notifications are produced by the Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division. Failure to receive a pre-bill for any vehicle you own does not relieve you of the responsibility of renewing a vehicle's registration during your registration period.

An owner is required to apply for a Georgia Certificate of Title for each vehicle that is required to be titled (unless a Georgia Certificate of Title has already been issued in the owner's name) and pay any license plate fees and ad valorem taxes that may be due when applying for a license plate or renewal decal.

Important Application Details

  • Insurance company and policy number must be included when application is made and must be updated in the State of Georgia's computer system. 
  • National Guard and Reserve plates require a current letter from the unit commander authorizing the tag. The letter must include the owner's social security number and the current date.
  • Methods of payment accepted are cash, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or in state check. Please make checks payable to: Clarke County Tag Agent. 
  • Please remember to allow two full weeks for processing. 

Special and Prestige Tag

In years past, these tags had to be preordered and were issued the year following the initial manufacturing process. The State of Georgia now allows applications to be accepted year-round; however, some of the special tags that are available require that the applicant meet certain qualifications. You can learn more about what tags are available and the qualifications required by visiting DOR License Plate/Tag Samples.  

More Information

If you are uncertain of what to do, please call 706-613-3130 for assistance. When you call, please have your license tag number available for faster service.

Note: Motor vehicle records are not subject to the Open Records Act and are confidential under the Laws of Georgia. Please contact the Athens-Clarke County tag office if additional information is needed.

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