ATTENTION: Georgia Title Ad Valorem Tax Opt In Expires February 28, 2014

The Georgia Department of Revenue wants to remind its citizens that if you purchased a motor vehicle on or after January 1st, 2012 and prior to March 1st, 2013 you have the opportunity to opt in to the new Title Ad Valorem Tax. However this expires at the close of business on February 28, 2014.

The opt in period provides an opportunity to do a comparison between the current annual ad valorem tax, normally paid on your birthday, and the new one-time tax. You may be eligible to opt in to the new tax and get credit for sales tax and annual ad valorem taxes you have already paid.

If you choose to opt in please visit your local county tag office Newton County Tax Commissioner, 1113 Usher Street, Suite 101, Covington, GA 30014 or before February 28, 2014, so that a county tag agent may assist you. (Information on the location of your county tax office is available on our website at Please ensure that you take all pertinent documentation with you to the tag office (e.g. a bill of sale).

New Motor Vehicle Title Tax Effective March 1, 2013 (HB386 Title Ad Valorem Tax - TAVT)

Effective March 1, 2013, House Bill 386 removes the sales tax and the annual ad valorem tax on newly-purchased vehicles. It replaces these taxes with a new title tax of 6.5% in 2013 and 6.75% in 2014. Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you purchase a vehicle on or after March 1, 2013, you will pay the new title tax when you apply for the title and register the vehicle.
  • The new title tax is not due every year but is due each time the vehicle is sold and titled. It applies to dealer sales as well as sales between individuals.
  • The new title tax is based on a percentage (6.5% in 2013) of the fair market value, not the sales price, of the vehicle as determined by the Georgia Department of Revenue.
  • You will continue to pay the annual ad valorem tax on vehicle(s) that you currently own.
  • If you purchase a vehicle in Georgia between January 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013 ( March 1, 2013 when the new program begins), you have the option of paying the new title tax instead of the current annual ad valorem tax. You have from March 1, 2013 until December 31, 2013, to opt into the new program. Note: vehicles purchased out-of-state are not eligible to opt in.
  • All other existing annual vehicle registration requirements, including annual tag renewal fees, decals and emission tests (if applicable), remain in effect for all vehicle owners

For a link to the Georgia Department of Revenue’s FAQs, please click here:

For a link to the Georgia Department of Revenue’s TAVT calculator, please click here:

Holiday Schedule
Click HERE to view the Newton County holiday schedule. The Tax Commissioner’s Office will be closed on the dates observed as listed in this schedule. (Adobe Reader is required to view this schedule; click here to download Adobe Reader.)

Homeowner's Tax Relief Credit (HTRC) Suspended for 2009
The HTRC is the result of the homeowner's tax relief enacted by the Governor and the General Assembly of the State of Georgia in 1999. The grant, appropriated by the General Assembly and the Governor for the last several years to counties, cities and schools, had given tax relief to homeowners in the form of a credit on their tax bills. For the 2009 tax year, the Governor and General Assembly did not fund the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant. Declining state revenues during the current recession means there is no money for the State to give the tax relief to homeowners. Therefore, there will not be a credit for this grant on 2009 tax bills on properties with homestead exemption. As a result, many Georgia homeowners will see a property tax increase of $200 to $300 on their 2009 tax bills.

Now Accepting Credit Cards Across the Counter
Effective December 1, 2008, we are accepting Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover in the walk-in services at the workstations. Please note that there is a 2.5% convenience fee for credit card payments and a $2.00 fee for debit cards.

Out-of State Vehicle Purchase
Beginning January 1, 2006, Georgia Sales Tax must be paid on all vehicles purchased outside the State of Georgia prior to registration of the vehicle.

Handicap Placards
The Tax Commissioner issues handicap mirror hangers. The applications for these hangers are available in our office.

Renew Vehicle Registration Online
You may now renew your registration over the Internet anytime 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at: