Custom Built Car Registration in Georgia
Custom cars built in Georgia that are less than twenty-five (25) years old follow the same registration, title, and tag procedures as a regular passenger vehicle.
You will need a valid Georgia driver's license, proof of insurance, and the appropriate fees and taxes. Georgia charges an $18 title fee and a $20 registration fee. Tag costs and taxes will vary by county.
No title or certificate will be issued to any car unless it meets the emissions standards adopted by the state. Your vehicle will need to be inspected prior to being registered.
Hobby and antique vehicles over twenty-five (25) years old (or vehicles manufactured to resemble such vehicles) are eligible for a special license plate through the state of Georgia. These cars do not require any special permits to operate on the state's roadways, as long as they display a valid tag.
Questions about registering, titling, and tagging your custom-built, hobby, or antique car should be directed to your county tax commissioner. This office can also tell you the specific fees involved to register and title your vehicle.
Homemade trailers have their own registration process, and they receive special tags. Such trailers are not titled.
Georgia has three registration periods, depending on where you live. Most of the counties use an open, year-round registration system. This means you register and renew your registration in the 30 days prior to your birthday each year. Registration ends on your birthday at 12 a.m.
A few of the counties―Calhoun, Clay, Randolph, Stewart, and Turner―have a 4 month registration period. In these counties, you must renew your registration any time from January 1 to April 30.
Talbot County has the only 4 month staggered registration in the state. If your birthday falls in:
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- January, February, or March: Registration is January 1 - January 31.
- April, May, or June: Registration is February 1 - February 29 (in a leap year, the last day of registration is February 29).
- July, August, or September: Registration is March 1 - March 31.
- October, November, or December: Registration is April 1 - April 30.