For Immediate Release.... April 19, 1997

NEW TAG LAW TAKES EFFECT MAY 1;

LICENSE PLATES TO REMAIN WITH ORIGINAL OWNER

ATLANTA--As the effective date of May 1, 1997 nears, an important change in Georgia's motor vehicle laws stipulates that all license plates ("tags") are to remain with the original owner upon sale or transfer of a vehicle, the Georgia Department of Revenue announced today.

Pursuant to House Bill 205 passed during the 1997 session of the General Assembly, DOR Commissioner T. Jerry Jackson said today, "This change in Georgia's tag law is a very important one for all motor vehicle owners. No longer will motor vehicle tags remain with the vehicle. As of May 1, tags will be issued to the applicant, not the motor vehicle."

Previously in Georgia, only special' license plates (e.g., Olympic, College, Prestige, Veterans tags, etc.) were transferable from one vehicle to another vehicle an owner purchased or acquired. As of May 1, 1997, ALL motor vehicle tags remain with the original tag owner for use on any subsequent vehicle they may own -- as long as any subsequent vehicle requires the same tag classification and fee as the previously owned vehicle.

Georgia's motor vehicle title and registration laws require that license plates be properly registered or transferred at the County Tax Commissioner's tag office in the owner's county of residence. A tag transfer application must be submitted within thirty (30) days of the purchase or acquisition of a vehicle. Failure to do so may result in fines by law enforcement for improper registration.

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