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We continue to express our concerns regarding COVID-19, and encourage taxpayers to conduct their business through online services if possible. The Property Tax and Motor Vehicle offices are both back open normal business hours. We ask that you be polite in following the social distancing guidelines set by the CDC when visiting our offices. If you have any questions or concerns or need special assistance please don’t hesitate to contact our office for help or information.

This site was created to provide Fayette County taxpayers accurate and timely information on property taxes, the titling and registration of motor vehicles, and mobile homes. Here you will find the answers to basic questions about Fayette County’s system of taxation. We hope it will especially be useful to newcomers to our county. Because this information is introductory in nature, it is by no means complete. Detailed inquiries about specific tax matters are best handled by contacting the appropriate Department of Fayette County.

What’s New:

  • E-Alerts – You can now sign up for E-Alerts to receive your tax bill electronically, along with important email and text updates from the tax office. To Sign up you will need to:
    • Search for your bill
    • Click on the most current bill number
    • Click the E-Alerts tab and enter your information
  • Electronically change your mailing address:
    • Search for your bill
    • Click on the most current bill number
    • Click on the Change Address tab and enter your information
  • Pay by phone:
    • Call (770)-800-6273 and follow the prompts to pay by phone.

Please feel free to make comments and recommendations for improvement in the services and content provided by this web site, as we are here to serve and help the taxpayer.

If you have a specific question regarding property tax, motor vehicle registration and titling, or mobile homes, please continue your search of our site.

Property Tax Payments can be made on this site by clicking on the Search/Pay Property Taxes tab.

If your question is not answered to your satisfaction, please call us at:

PROPERTY TAX AND MOBILE HOMES: Call (770) 461-3652 or EMAIL US

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION: Call (770) 461-3611 or EMAIL US

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
To avoid potentially long lines or a lengthy wait time, please remember that if you wish to renew your registration you can do so by visiting the following online link https://dor.georgia.gov/motor-vehicles/drives-e-services, you can place your payment in the drop box located on the corner by our office, (this is checked daily), or by using our kiosk located in the Braelinn Village Shopping Center Kroger in Peachtree City at 564 Crosstown Dr., Peachtree City, GA. 30269.

The Georgia Department of Revenue offers a number of motor vehicle related services online, without the need of face-to face interactions. Please check their website for more information at https://dor.georgia.gov/motor-vehicles/drives-e-services. At this site you can: renew, replace or cancel your registration, apply for a tag or title, pay insurance fines, or change your mailing address.

Real Property

Taxpayer’s Return Of Real Property

Taxpayers have each year, from January 1 through April 1, the right to file a Taxpayer’s Return of Real Property with the Tax Commissioner’s office. This is an opportunity for the taxpayer to inform the County he/she has a different opinion of the value of a property than the value established by the Tax Assessors office https://fayettecountyga.gov/assessors_office/ in the previous year. This process can be used whenever a taxpayer has made changes to his/her property or if he/she simply disagrees with the value the Tax Assessors office has declared.

For information on appeals and the appeals process provided by the Fayette County Tax Assessors Office please use the following link: http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/assessors_office/appeals.htm

You may choose to download Form PT-50 at:
http://dor.georgia.gov/documents/property-taxpayers-return-real-property

To begin the process of filing a Taxpayer's Return of Real Property:

The form should be completed in its entirety, identifying the property by map & parcel, and tax district. Please complete all form fields including the value you place on your property in the far right column of section C.

You may contact the Tax Commissioner's Office at 770-461-3652 if you have questions or need help completing the form.

Location:
We are located at the Fayette County Administrative Complex

140 W. Stonewall Avenue
Suite 109 (Motor Vehicles)
Suite 110 (Property Tax & Mobile Homes)
Fayetteville, Georgia 30214

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 70
Fayetteville, Georgia 30214

Mobile Homes

Every mobile home (manufactured home) owned in Georgia on January 1 is subject to property taxation. Every year on or before April 1, the owner must obtain a mobile home location permit (decal) from the Tax Commissioner in the county where the owner lives in the mobile home.

The permit (decal) must be prominently attached and displayed on the mobile home so that it can be seen from the street. The mobile home must be returned for taxation and the taxes paid at the time of application for the mobile home permit, or at the time of the first sale or transfer of the mobile home after December 31, or on April 1, whichever occurs first. Mobile homes must be returned in the county where they are located unless it is used in connection with an established business located in a different county.

The statement "mobile homes must be returned" means that a return must be filed on the mobile home.

Every mobile home owned in this state on January 1 is subject to ad valorem taxation by the taxing jurisdiction authorized to impose an ad valorem tax on property. Taxes shall be charged against the owner of the mobile home, if known, and, if unknown, against the specific mobile home itself. On or before April 1 of each year, or at the time of the first sale or transfer before April 1, every owner of a mobile home (manufactured home) shall file a return on such mobile home for taxation and pay the taxes due on the mobile home in the county where the mobile home is situated on January 1 of the tax year.

  • In those instances where a mobile home is used in connection with an established business, such mobile home shall be returned and the taxes due paid in the county where the business is located.
  • In those instances where a mobile home has been moved from the county where it was located on January 1, it shall be returned and the taxes paid in such county, however, the owner may submit reasonable evidence of such tax payment to the Tax Commissioner of the county where the mobile home is now situated and that Tax Commissioner shall issue a mobile home location permit (decal) for that county.
  • Where there has been a sale or transfer of a mobile home and the new owner seeks a mobile home location permit (decal) in a county other than that in which the previous owner was required to return the mobile home and pay the taxes due, the new owner, in the absence of satisfactory evidence obtained from the old owner that taxes have been paid, may request from the Tax Commissioner of such county, a certificate indicating that all taxes outstanding have been paid. Upon receipt of the certificate from the new owner, the Tax Commissioner of the county where the mobile home is now situated shall issue the required mobile home location permit (decal).

MOBILE HOME REGULATIONS:
New regulations went into effect January 1, 1998. The responsibility for valuation of manufactured homes shifted from the Georgia Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Division to the local Boards of Tax Assessors. Collection for the taxes also shifted from the Motor Vehicle Department to the Property Tax Department.

The new regulations have added a requirement where any manufactured homes that are not in a specific county on January 1 must secure a location permit (decal) by April 1 each year, or within forty-five (45) days of locating in the county.

ISSUANCE OF PERMITS; DISPLAY OF DECALS:
The Tax Commissioner shall give the taxpayer a permit (decal) as evidence of the payment of all outstanding taxes. This permit (decal) must be prominently attached and displayed on the mobile home so that it is visible from the street.

PENALTIES:
Every owner of a mobile home subject to these regulations, in addition to the ad valorem tax due on the mobile home, shall be liable for a penalty of 10% of the tax due or $5, whichever is greater, for failure to make the return and obtain a permit (decal) by April 1 of each year.

Every owner of a mobile home located in the county on January 1 and subject to these regulations, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if they fail to secure, attach and display on a mobile home the decal that is required by law. Upon conviction, the owner shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25 and no more than $200, except that upon receipt of proof of purchase of a decal prior to the date of issuance of a summons, the fine shall be $25.

Motor Vehicles


Most vehicle registration questions are answered on this web site.
If you need additional information please call our tag office at (770) 461-3611 and someone will be happy to help you.

Or you may use the link https://eservices.drives.ga.gov to:
  • Renew vehicle registration
  • Pay insurance fines
  • Change address
  • Cancel Registration
  • Apply for a tag
  • Replace registration

REGISTRATION:
New residents must register their vehicles within 30 days of establishing residency in the state of Georgia. In order to register, residents must provide a Georgia driver’s license with their address in Fayette County. If you are registering vehicles for a business in Fayette County, you must provide a current business license for first time registration.

Out-of-state titles must be surrendered and transferred to Georgia titles (year models 1985 and older are not required to be titled in the state of Georgia). If you do not have the title and we find there is a lien on the vehicle, you must provide the current registration and name and address of the lien holder. Additionally, leased vehicles require a power of attorney from the leasing company and a copy of the lease agreement.

Georgia liability insurance is required from your insurance company. This information must be transmitted to the state's database by your insurance company in order to register your vehicle. The vehicle must be covered by liability insurance at all times or per Georgia law, a lapse in coverage penalty will apply. You can check the status of your insurance at https://eservices.drives.ga.gov under insurance status.

If you choose to cancel insurance on a vehicle, you must also cancel your tag registration. If your vehicle in not operational on your birthday you are still required to pay the taxes due to avoid late registration penalties.

TAX VALUATIONS
Uniform tax valuations used in calculating Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) and motor vehicle ad valorem taxes are certified to county tax commissioners by the Georgia Department of Revenue. TAVT is calculated at fair market value multiplied by the TAVT rate, which is currently 6.6%.If you wish to dispute the assessed value of your vehicle you may appeal the value at the time of your transaction.
For estimated TAVT valuations please use the following link: https://eservices.drives.ga.gov

AD VALOREM TAX
Ad valorem tax is a value tax that is assessed annually and must be paid at the time of registration. Payment of ad valorem taxes is a prerequisite to receiving a tag or renewal decal. Ad valorem taxes are due each year on all vehicles including vehicles that are not operational, even if a tag or registration is not being applied for. Taxes must be paid by the last day of your registration period to avoid a 10% penalty (minimum $5). Tax amounts vary according to the vehicle make and model and the tax district in which the owner resides. Ad valorem tax receipts are distributed to the state, county, schools, and cities. These levying authorities use this revenue to fund their general operations.

TAGS AND FEES
An annual state tag fee of $20 is required for issuance of regular passenger or light duty truck license plates or renewal decals. Prestige, college, commemorative, or some special tags require a one-time $25 manufacturing fee plus an additional $35 annual special tag fee. Specialty plates are available with an annual tag fee of $35; wildlife plates will be available for an annual tag fee of $25. When ordering a prestige, or college commemorative tag, be sure to include a copy of the State approval letter and the appropriate fees. Other special tags do not require a letter.

Click here for form MV9B to request a prestige tag.

TAG REGISTRATION BILLS
The registration bills are mailed out 45 days prior to the vehicle owner’s birthday (expiration date).

In order to provide the best service to our taxpayers you have the option to renew by mail, on line or at a renewal kiosk. Registration payments should be mailed early so as to allow time for return of your tag or renewal decal before your current tag expires on your birthday. When mailing your registration payment, please allow 10 days for processing and return of your tag or renewal decal. Registration payments must be postmarked no later than your birthday to avoid penalties. Late penalties are 10% of the ad valorem tax (minimum $5), plus 25% of the tag fee. Please carefully read the instructions that are included with your registration renewal form.

Not receiving a registration bill does not relieve the registrant/taxpayer from the obligation to register and pay taxes during their birthday registration period. Vehicle registration and payment of taxes are the responsibility of the registrant/taxpayer. If an annual registration bill is not received, please call (770) 461-3611 to request a duplicate bill.

EMISSIONS
The Fayette County Tax Commissioner is required by law to ensure emissions compliance at the time of the tag sale. The State Department of Natural Resources and its Georgia Clean Air Force have responsibility over the design, implementation, and public awareness aspects of the emissions program.

Georgia vehicle emission inspection and testing presently covers a 13-county region. Any vehicle more than 3 years old and up to 25 years old requires yearly emission testing prior to renewal. When registering your vehicle you must submit a current emissions inspection certificate (if applicable) along with your registration bill, as a prerequisite to receiving a tag or renewal decal.

Vehicles exempt from emission requirements are current year model and last two preceding year model vehicles, vehicles with diesel engines, vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 8500 pounds or more, and motorcycles. Out-of-state students, military personnel stationed out of state and senior citizens may be eligible for extensions or waivers in certain circumstances. Call the Georgia Clean Air Force at 1-800-449-2471 for more information or check with www.cleanairforce.com.

SENIOR CITIZEN EMISSIONS WAIVER: A vehicle that is driven less than 5,000 miles per year, is 10 years old or older, AND is owned by a person 65 years of age or older, may qualify for an exemption. The waiver for this exemption will be processed for approval at the Fayette County Tag Office. Please have your current millage when renewing.

INSURANCE
Georgia law requires that all vehicle owners carry at all times minimum liability insurance. A record of your insurance coverage must be electronically transmitted to the Georgia GRATIS data base prior to registration and obtaining a license plate for a vehicle. You may provide a valid binder or declaration page indicating coverage in lieu of electronic transmission. A binder should be dated within the current 30 day period, and a declaration page should be dated within the current 20 day period.

Use the following link to check your insurance status: https://eservices.drives.ga.gov

MILITARY PERSONNEL (Non-Resident Service Member)
Military personnel who are claiming residency in other states, and who are in Georgia solely by virtue of military orders, are not subject to Georgia TAVT (Title Ad Valorem Tax).

Qualifications:

  • Current orders reflect a Georgia military base
  • Current leave & earnings statement (LES) reflecting state/county of record other than Georgia
  • PT472NS form
  • Dependent ID card for qualifying dependents
  • The soldier must comply with all inspection requirements in their particular jurisdiction (i.e., emissions);

If a soldier is TDA and he/she would like for their spouse or family member to execute an exemption, he or she must give their spouse or family member a power of attorney authorizing the family member to do so.

To access the Non-Residents Service Members Affidavit for Title Ad Valorem Tax on Motor Vehicles Form please click here

REGISTRATION RENEWAL PERIOD
For Persons: Registrations expire on the vehicle owner/lessee’s birthday and must be renewed during the 30 day period preceding and ending on the owner/lessee’s birthday.

For Business: Registrations in the name of a business, corporation, or organization expire at the end of the business owner’s designated registration month. Business registrations are staggered by month according to the first letter of the company name as shown on the registration application. Business owned vehicle registrations must be renewed during and no later than the end of the designated renewal month.

Business Name
Registration Mo.
Business Name
Registration Mo.
A - B
JANUARY
M - N
JULY
C - D
FEBRUARY
O - P
AUGUST
E - F
MARCH
Q - R
SEPTEMBER
G - H
APRIL
S - T
OCTOBER
I - J
MAY
U - V - W
NOVEMBER
K - L
JUNE
X - Y - Z
DECEMBER

Registration renewal applications postmarked after the end of any registration period will accrue a 10% ad valorem tax penalty (with minimum $5), a 25% tag penalty.

Registering by mail offers time and money savings benefits and is strongly recommended. Registrants needing assistance may register in person in our tag office located at 140 W. Stonewall Avenue, Suite 109, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

METHODS OF PAYMENT
Payment may be in the form of cash, a Company or Personal Check, Money Order, Certified Funds or by Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover). A service charge of 2.5% will be added to any credit/debit transaction, and debited against your credit/debit card account to cover the cost of the third party processing company for completing the transaction. Checks should be made payable to: Fayette County Tax Commissioner and should have name of registrant, local address (P O Boxes are not acceptable), and bank account number preprinted on the check. Please enter your home and business phone numbers, a driver’s license number, and tag number on the face of your check. We cannot accept starter, counter, third party, payroll, or checks with an out of state, out of county, or P.O. Box address.

Tag renewals can be processed online through the Department of Revenue using a credit card or debit card @ https://eservices.drives.ga.gov

NEW GEORGIA RESIDENTS
New residents from out of state must register in person at our office within 30 days of establishing residency. The original certificate of title from out of state will be required. The owner listed on the face of the original title must be present. If the title lists multiple owners, all owners must be present, or those owners who cannot be present must provide an original notarized Power-of-Attorney. The Power-of-Attorney must include the year, make, model and vehicle identification number of the vehicle being registered. The current registration from the former state will also be requested along with the current mileage of the vehicle. A valid Georgia insurance carrier must have provided the State database with minimum liability insurance coverage prior to registration. A valid binder or declaration page from the insurance policy can be used at initial registration, and either must indicate minimum liability coverage, the vehicle VIN and dates of coverage. A Georgia Emissions Certificate will also be required. If the title is being held by a lien holder, out of state registration, showing the owner or owners of the vehicle, a complete description of the vehicle and the name and mailing address of the lien-holder must be presented. If the vehicle is leased, the lessee must have the lease agreement showing a complete description of the vehicle and the complete name and address of the lessor. Also, an original notarized Power-0f-Attorney from the lessor is required to be completed. New residents entering the state of Georgia will be required to pay TAVT (Title Ad Valorem Tax) at the time of initial registration. Documentation will be required to show proof of when residency was established in Georgia. The title tax is 3% of the fair market value at the time of registration.

Acceptable documents are:

  • Georgia driver’s license
  • If you have a leased vehicle, you must have a Power-of-Attorney from the leasing company.
  • Title - if you own your vehicle.
  • Registration - if you have a lien, we will need complete lien holder’s name and mailing address. If the state you move from is a non-title holding state, you must present the title.
  • 30 day insurance binder or declarations page
  • Odometer reading
  • Date of purchase of vehicle (day, month, and year).
  • Current Emissions test
  • Cost: $18 per title, $20 per plate, plus TAVT tax based or 3% of the fair market value of the vehicle. If you pay by check, your check must have your Fayette County address printed on it.
  • All vehicles 1986 and newer, travel trailers, pop-up campers, and trainers exceeding 2,000 pounds require a title for registration.

NEW RESIDENTS TO FAYETTE COUNTY
New residents moving into Fayette County from within the state of Georgia can come to the tag office or update their address through https://eservices.drives.ga.gov

You should bring documentation indicating your current Fayette County address, such as utility bill or lease agreement.

IMPORTED VEHICLES
The Georgia Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division has issued an updated Motor Vehicle Manual. This manual is detailed and addresses the State's requirements for titling and registering vehicles in the State of Georgia.

To view this manual online use the following link: https://dor.georgia.gov/mvd-manual

To apply for a title for an imported vehicle, the following documents and fees must be submitted to the Fayette County Motor Vehicle Office. If the required documents cannot be obtained for a 1986 or newer year model vehicle, a title can only be obtained on the basis of a surety bond. Refer to the “Surety Bonds” section for additional information. However, if a vehicle was last registered in a foreign country, the title application supported by a surety bond must also be supported by the federal forms described under the heading “Federal Compliance”.

NEW VEHICLES
Our office will assist you in completing an MV-1 Tag Title Application. The owner(s) or an authorized representative of the owner(s) must sign the title application. The authorized document (Power of Attorney) must be submitted if the application is signed by a representative. The full, legal name(s) of the owner(s), Georgia identification card number(s) or driver’s license number(s) and the name(s) of the issuing state/country are required for the first certificate of title.

Transfer Document – The original, valid and properly assigned MSO must be submitted to show a complete chain of vehicle ownership. The MSO for passenger vehicles and motorcycles must be on a standard secure document. The Motor Vehicle Department accepts documents that have been stamped with a signature stamp by an agent/representative authorized by the dealership. All liens noted on any assignment must either be released or shown on the application.

If the vehicle was most recently registered in a foreign country, the valid, foreign registration certificate issued by the country where the vehicle was last registered in the current owner(s)’ name(s) must be submitted. For the vehicle to be titled as new, the foreign registration certificate must be issued in the current owner(s)’ name(s) as shown on the title application.

Since a Georgia title is required for 1986 and newer year model vehicles, the state of Georgia will not issue a title based on a registration certificate from a foreign country for 1985 and older year model vehicles. Georgia will issue a title based on the submission of a foreign registration certificate for 1963 and newer manufactured or mobile homes.

Any lien/security interest noted on any assignment or the foreign registration certificate must either be released or shown on the application.

Form T-22B (Serial Plate Verification Form) – If a foreign registration certificate is submitted, Form T-22B must be completed by a Georgia law enforcement officer after a visual inspection of the vehicle’s serial plate. You may find this form at https://dor.georgia.gov/search?search=T-22B&sm_site_name=dor.

Federal ComplianceAll imported vehicles must go through U.S. Customs before entry into the United States. Proof that an imported vehicle conforms to U.S. EPA and DOT Standards and the Customs and Board Protection Form CBP-7501 must be submitted. When a motor vehicle, not a trailer or a vehicle imported from Puerto Rico, is imported into the United States, three (3) federal forms are required. The required forms are:
  • U.S. DOT Form HS-7
  • U.S. EPA Form 3520-1
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection Form CBP-7501

The form CBP-7501 must be stamped and signed by a U.S. Custom’s representative. No one, not a resident, non-resident or the military are exempt from providing these forms. In lieu of the Form CBP-7501, you may submit a military Form DD 1252 or Form DD 1854. If you do not have these forms or you need additional information, please contact a U.S. Customs office, located throughout Georgia. The applicant must submit the original(s) and copies of these forms; the original(s) will be returned upon request.

Note: U.S. Customs documents are not required to be submitted when applying for a Georgia title and license plate for a vehicle sold through Overseas Military Sales Corporation (OMSC) when the following documents are submitted:

A certificate of origin from Daimler Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Polaris Industries Inc., Volkswagen of America, Audi Division Volkswagen of America listing OMSC Ltd. Rte. De La Glane 107, Villars-Sur Glane, GE, Switzerland as the name of distributor, dealer, etc.

A bill of sale from OMSC Ltd./Overseas Military Sales Corporation listing a U.S. franchised dealer’s name and address as the delivery point and stating “Vehicle Certified U.S. FMVSS”. This indicates that the vehicle was delivered directly from the manufacturer to the U.S. dealer (never leaving the U.S.) and that the vehicle conforms to U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

The above applies only to vehicles sold through the Overseas Military Sales Corporation (OMSC). The Certificate of Origin and the bill of sale must be presented and must contain all the information listed. Persons attempting to register or title vehicles with any other Certificate of Origin, Title, etc. bearing a foreign name and address must provide U.S. Customs clearance forms.

Fees – Pay all fees and taxes due with a check or money order payable to the Fayette County Tax Commissioner. The Fayette County Motor Vehicle Office also accepts cash and credit cards (VISA, MasterCard American Express & Discover). There is a 2.5% (for VISA MasterCard or Discover) or 3% convenience fee (American Express) charged when paying with a credit card. The title fee is $18 if the title application was submitted within thirty (30) days of the date on the DOT certification. If a title is not applied for within thirty (30) days of the DOT certification, a title penalty fee of $10 must be included in your payment.

NEWLY ACQUIRED VEHICLES
Georgia residents with newly acquired vehicles must register within 7 days of vehicle purchase. New vehicle owners must apply for a title prior to or at the time of registration. Registration must be made in person at our tag office. If an owner is unable to appear in person, an original notarized Power-of-Attorney for that person must be presented at the time of registration. The Power-of-Attorney must include the year, make, model and vehicle identification number of the vehicle.

Please read over your title completely before signing. Titles differ from state to state, with some requiring signatures on the front, while others require that you complete the back. Make sure all areas on the original title are completed, recording the buyer name, the seller name, both signatures, the date of sale and current odometer reading. Do not use whiteout, or cross through an error on the back of the title. A notarized affidavit of correction will need to be completed which must accompany the title, and MV1 form if correction to a title must be made. Please note both seller and buyer may need to complete an affidavit of correction, depending on the error. The affidavit of correction form below must be completed if you determine there has been an error in the transfer of your title and must be presented at the time of registration. If white-out has been used on your title, please note that the title will be voided. If you are the original owner, you may request a new title from the state. If you are the purchaser, you must go back to the original owner to have the title replaced.

Download the affidavit of correction form

If the vehicle is purchased from an automobile dealer, dealers must apply for title work electronically through the Georgia Department of Revenue.

TAG TRANSFERS
License plates are the personal property of the vehicle owner. During a change of ownership, license plates should be removed from the vehicle and retained by the seller. This will allow the seller to transfer the tag to a newly acquired vehicle.

  • If you trade-in, sell, or dispose of your vehicle, retain your license plate and transfer it to your new vehicle. Eligibility to transfer a tag follows these guidelines:
  • The new registration must read exactly as the previous registration. Ownership must be the same. For example: If the previous registration reads John Smith and Suzie Smith, the new registration must read John Smith and Suzie Smith.
  • The tag must be applied to a vehicle of the same kind. Passenger vehicle to passenger vehicle, trailer to trailer, motorcycle to motorcycle, etc.

NAME CHANGE (MARRIAGE OR DIVORCE)
If you wish to have your name changed on your registration due to marriage or divorce, you must first apply for a new title. A name change requires that you appear in person with your original certificate of title and supporting certified legal documents (i.e., certified copy of the marriage certificate or divorce decree). In case of divorce, the divorce decree must give the Year and Make of the vehicle. If a vehicle is financed, only the security lien holder can change the name.

VEHICLE INHERITANCE
When there is a probated will, the applicant must provide the title in the deceased party’s name, if available, along with a Letter of Testamentary. If the will was not probated, provide the title, if available, a death certificate, will, if available, and an affidavit of inheritance form. https://dor.georgia.gov/form-t-20-affidavit-inheritance

Also required are current validated registration, an original Georgia emission certificate, and proof of Georgia Liability insurance on the vehicle.

HANDICAPPED PERSON PARKING PERMIT
Handicapped person parking permits are issued in this office.

For a temporary or permanent handicapped permit, you must have a signed and notarized letter from your physician, indicating your current medical limitations.

Please use the link below to obtain the form for completion by your primary physician:
https://dor.georgia.gov/documents/mv-9d-disabled-persons-parking-affidavit

DRIVER'S LICENSE
In Fayette County the tests for driver's licenses are given Tuesday through Friday at the Department of Drivers Services — 749 West Lanier Ave, Suite 102, Fayetteville, GA 30214 — from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or on Saturdays from 8 – 12 noon. Applicants need to be at this location for testing by 4:00 p.m. due to the large volume of applicants. The telephone number is 678-413-8400 or 1-800-754-3687. For more information, check https://dds.georgia.gov.

Accepted methods of payments are Credit/Debit Cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, cash, checks or money orders. For more information, please click on the link below.

The Georgia State Patrol will answer questions at 678-413-8400. It is important that you listen to the tape in its entirety.

NEW LOCATION
DEPT OF DRIVERS SERVICES
749 West Lanier Ave Suite 102
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my taxes due?

Your taxes are due sixty (60) days from the date the original bills were mailed.

What if my mortgage company pays my taxes out of my escrow account?

You should provide a copy (or the lower portion) of your tax bill to your mortgage company. Bills are not mailed to the mortgage company unless the mortgage company requests a copy. It is always a good idea to include your loan number on the tax information you provide to them.

What if I live in the city limits? What about those taxes?

All city taxes are included in your county tax bill. Fayette County collects for all taxes and disburses the city portion to the appropriate city.

When must I file tax returns on my house and land?

Real Property (house and/or land) tax returns (requesting a change of value) for Fayette County must be filed between January 1 and April 1. Georgia law requires that you file a return on your property in the first full year of ownership. Thereafter, you are only required to make a return when changes in your property occur.

How do I change the mailing address on my property tax bill?

If you wish to change the mailing address for your property tax statement please notify the Tax Commissioners office in writing, or provide the information using the Change of Mailing Address Form. Change of mailing address must be mailed in or dropped off at the office with your original signature.

Do I get an exemption on my property tax?

Yes, you can apply for a regular homestead exemption. Residents of Fayette County who own and occupy their home on January 1 may claim an exemption from taxation on the first $2,000 of the assessed value on the School portion and $5,000 of the assessed value on the County portion of their tax bill. Homeowners can make application for the homestead exemption year round but applications must be completed on or before April 1 to apply to the current tax year. By law, homeowners can receive the benefit of tax reductions for one property, for which you must be the owner and claim as your primary residence.

Are there any other exemptions I can claim?

Perhaps,

If you are 62 years old, you may qualify for a $4,000 school exemption.

If you are 65 or older, you may qualify for 50% school exemption.

If you are 65 or older and your Georgia taxable income is less than $15,000, you may qualify for 100% school exemption.

Exemptions are also available for the 100% permanently disabled and 100% permanently disabled veterans.

Age requirements are based on your age as of January 1.

How do I know if I'm eligible for a special exemption?

For information on any of these exemptions, or to find out if you are eligible for them, please continue to the explanation of exemptions on our web site, come by our office, or contact our office anytime and we will be glad to assist you. Remember you may file for any exemption at any time during the year but in order for an exemption to apply to the current year it must be filed on or before April 1.

What if I own a mobile home? Can I file for a homestead exemption?

Homestead exemptions are not available for residents of mobile homes. State law requires that all mobile home owners receive a tax bill, which are mailed on January 1 and are due on or before April 1 each year. Delinquent taxpayers will be assessed a 10% penalty if taxes are not paid by the due date. New owners must register mobile homes with the Fayette County Tax Commissioners Office. When taxes are paid, a permit (decal) will be issued and must be displayed on a visible location of the mobile home by April 1 of the current tax year.

Must I reapply every year if I received an exemption last year?

If you received a homestead exemption and are still living in the same residence, you are not required to reapply each year. This exemption is automatically transferred each year. The same is true of the other exemptions, as long as your income has not exceeded the maximum amount established by State Law. Also, if you have applied for the age 62 exemption, you still need to come in to apply for the age 65 exemption once you reach 65.

What if I own a boat or airplane?

According to Georgia law, all boats and/or aircrafts or other personal property, including business personal property, is taxable.

What if my boat is docked at West Point Lake? Where do I pay the taxes?

Georgia law states that boats, motors, or aircrafts must be taxed at the county of location, regardless of your home address. If you reside in Fayette County, but your boat is docked in another county, your property and ad valorem taxes would be payable to Fayette county, but your boat (personal property) taxes would be due to the county where your boat is located. Additionally, if you own a boat or aircraft, please file the appropriate Personal Property Return Forms with the Tax Assessors Office before April 1.

Don't I pay a tax when I get my tag for my boat trailer?

Yes. When a boat trailer tag is purchased, the ad valorem tax is paid at the time on the trailer only. That tax does not include the tax due on the boat and motor.

When do I actually pay my taxes?

After tax returns have been filed and the tax digest has been approved by the State Revenue Department, you should receive your tax bills around the middle of September. They are payable then and become delinquent after November 15th (or 60 days after mailing, whichever is later). If you do not receive a tax bill on any property you own or have purchased, it is the responsibility of the property owner to check with the Tax Commissioners' Office for the amount of tax due, before they become delinquent. Interest accrues on unpaid taxes after they become delinquent.

What if I sell the timber off my land? Do I have to pay taxes on the timber?

Yes. Standing timber is not taxed until sold or harvested, at which time it is taxed based upon 100% of its fair market value. There are three types of sales and harvests that are taxable:

1. Lump sum sales where the timber is sold at a specific price regardless of volume;
2. Unit price sales where the timber is sold or harvested based on a specific price per volume;
3. Owner harvest sales where the land owner harvests his own timber and sells it by volume.

Taxes are due to be paid to the Tax Commissioner based upon 100% of the fair market value multiplied by the millage rate for the harvested property.

What is a Millage Rate?

The tax rate, or millage rate, is set annually by the Board of County Commissioners or other governing authority of the taxing jurisdiction, and by the Board of Education. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value. The average county and municipal millage is 30 mills. Municipalities also assess property based upon county-assessed values and rates established by the municipal governing authority. The assessed value (40 percent of the fair market value) of a house that is worth $100,000 is $40,000. The assessed value is then multiplied by the millage rate to equal the taxes due.

2020 Millage Rates

01 – County 28.343
02 – Fayetteville 30.919
03 – Tyrone 31.232
04 – Brooks 28.949
05 – Peachtree City 31.049

How do I purchase a tax lien?

The Fayette County Tax Commissioner does not sell tax liens or tax lien certificates; however we do have one real property sheriff’s tax sale per year. Please see the Tax Sales tab on this website for additional information.

Contact Us

EMAIL US
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Property Tax questions: EMAIL US

LOCATION
We are located at the Fayette County Administrative Complex

140 W. Stonewall Avenue
Suite 109 (Motor Vehicles)
Suite 110 (Property Tax & Mobile Homes)
Fayetteville, Georgia 30214

MAILING ADDRESS FOR PROPERTY TAX, MOBILE HOMES, AND MOTOR VEHICLES
P. O. Box 70 Fayetteville, Georgia 30214

DIRECTION TO OFFICES
Our offices are located one block south of the Old Courthouse on Highway 85. The Administrative Complex is an L-shaped white building with green awnings on the right hand side of Highway 85, behind the gazebo and fountain. Coming from Peachtree City, we are located on your right at the intersection of Highway 54 and Highway 85.

OFFICE HOURS
Property Tax and Mobile Homes
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Motor Vehicle Titling and Registration
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday
8:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Click the link below to view our Holiday Schedule https://fayettecountyga.gov/information/county_holidays.htm

24 HOUR DROP BOX
There is a 24 hour drop box located at 140 W. Stonewall Avenue, Fayetteville west of the building situated at the most westerly exit to Hwy. 54. It may be used for Property Tax Payments, Mobile Home Registration Renewals; and Vehicle Registrations. The contents are removed every weekday morning.

News

We continue to express our concerns regarding COVID-19, and encourage taxpayers to conduct their business through online services if possible. The Property tax and Motor Vehicle offices are both back open normal business hours. We ask that you be polite in following the social distancing guidelines set by the CDC when visiting our offices. If you have any questions or concerns or need special assistance please don’t hesitate to contact our office for help or information.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please visit https://eservices.drives.ga.gov to:

  • Renew vehicle registration
  • Pay insurance fines
  • Change address
  • Cancel registration
  • Estimate TAVT
  • And much more

Please visit https://fayettecountypay.com to pay property taxes online or feel free to mail payments to:

Fayette County Tax Commissioner
PO Box 70
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Tags 770-461-3611
Property Tax 770-461-3652

The safety of our community is very important to us, as is our service to Fayette County. We appreciate all your patience and understanding.

Take care and stay safe!!

Sincerely,
Kristie King
Fayette County Tax Commissioner



(OCGA 48-5-264.1) Provides that property owners may file a 'Return of Value' form which will give the property owner an opportunity to address what they believe their property is worth versus what the Tax Assessors Office has the property valued at. This 'return of value' may be filed in the Tax Commissioners Office between January 1st and April 1st of each calendar year. To obtain a blank copy of the "Taxpayers Return of Real Property" - PT50-R: Personal Property Return Forms



Exemptions

PLEASE NOTE:

All applications must be made in person at the Tax Commissioner’s Office any time during the year but must be made on or before April 1st of the year to apply to that year's tax bill. Please provide all required documentation when making application. Refinancing does not remove exemptions.

Basic Homestead – Basic Homestead Exemption coded L1

If you own and occupy a property in Fayette County on January 1st of the current tax year, you may qualify for the Basic Homestead Exemption. The property has to be your primary residence and you cannot have Homestead Exemption on any other properties. To apply for Basic Homestead Exemption you will need to bring in your recorded Warranty Deed or a Settlement Statement and your Georgia driver’s license any time after the purchase of the property but on or before April 1st of the following year.

62-65 Years of Age – Senior Exemption coded L2

If you are 62 years of age by January 1st of the current tax year, you may qualify for a senior exemption that will increase the reduction in the school tax portion of your bill from $2,000.00 to $4,000.00. To apply for this exemption you will need to bring your Georgia Driver’s license any time after your 62nd birthday but on or before April 1st of the following year. If the property is newly purchased (within a year) you will need to bring a copy of your recorded Warranty Deed or Settlement Statement.

65 Years of Age or Older - 50% School Tax Exemption coded L3 or 100% School Tax Exemption coded L4

If you were 65 years of age or older by January 1st of the current tax year you may qualify for a 50% reduction in school tax. To apply for this exemption you will need to come in any time after your 65th birthday but on or before April 1st of the following year. For this exemption you will need to bring your Georgia driver’s license. If you have a house-hold state taxable income less than $15,000.00 then you will also need to bring you Georgia Income Tax Return (Form 500). If you are not required to file Federal or State Income Tax Returns, you will need to provide copies of two current consecutive monthly bank statements for all household members. This exemption would result in a 100% reduction of school taxes. If the property is newly purchased (within a year) you will need to bring a copy of your recorded Warranty Deed or Settlement Statement.

Disabled Person - 50% School Tax Exemption coded L5 or 100% School Tax Exemption coded L6

If you are 100% disabled you may qualify for a reduction in school taxes. To apply for a disabled exemption you will need to bring your Georgia driver’s license, your Social Security Awards Letter and one Doctor’s Affidavit completed by your doctor. This exemption would reduce your school tax by 50%. If you are 100% disabled but not receiving Social Security for your disability you can still apply for the 50% reduction. To apply you would need two Doctor’s Affidavits completed by different doctors. Doctor’s affidavits are supplied by this office. If you have a house-hold state taxable income less than $15,000.00 then you will need to bring your Georgia Income Tax Return (Form 500). If you are not required to file Federal or State Income Tax Returns, you will need to provide copies of two current consecutive monthly bank statements for all household members. This exemption would result in a 100% reduction of school taxes. If the property is newly purchased (within a year) you will need to bring a copy of your recorded Warranty Deed or Settlement Statement.

Disabled Veteran or Widow(er) – Standard Disabled Veterans Exemption coded LV1 or LDV1. Veterans Exemption with 100% School Tax Exemption coded LDV2

If you are a 100% disabled veteran (service related) or paid at the 100% rate you may qualify for a Disabled Veterans Exemption which will provide additional savings in your property tax bill. This is a $90,364.00 exemption that is deducted from the 40% assessed value of your home. The un-remarried widow(er) continuously occupying the residence may continue to receive this same exemption. To apply for this exemption you will need to bring your Georgia driver’s license and a letter from the Veterans Administration stating that you are 100% disabled or paid at the 100% rate. If you have a house-hold state taxable income less than $15,000.00 then you will need to bring your Georgia Income Tax Return (Form 500). If you are not required to file Federal or State Income Tax Returns, you will need to provide copies of two current consecutive monthly bank statements for all household members. This exemption would result in a 100% reduction of the school taxes in combination with the Disabled Veterans Exemption. If the property is newly purchased (within a year) you will need to bring a copy of your recorded Warranty Deed or Settlement Statement.

The following are documents needed to qualify for property tax exemptions.

Exemptions GA Driver's License Warranty Deed or Settlement Statement Social Security Awards Letter Georgia Income Tax Return (Form 500) Proof of 100% Disabled Persons (Doctor's Affidavit) V.A. Awards (Original Rating) Letter Exemption Code
Basic Homestead X X L1
62 Yrs Old X L2
65 Yrs Old 50% School X X L3
65 Yrs Old 100% School X X L4
Disabled Persons 50% School X X X X L5
Disabled Persons 1000% School X X X X L6
100% Disabled Veteran X X X LV1, LDV1, LDV2

All exemptions require that the owner occupy the home on January 1 and must be applied for, in person, in the Tax Commissioner's Office. Applications for all exemptions can be made year round but must be made on or before April 1st to be effective in the calendar year in which the application is made. You are not required to file annually but you must notify the Tax Commissioner's Office if you no longer qualify for an Exemption. If you see an exemption code on your tax bill that is not listed in the chart above please contact the Tax Commissioners Office for clarification. If the home is recently purchased you will need to provide a copy of your Warranty Deed or Settlement Statement at the time of application for any exemption. You will also need to bring your Georgia Drives License at the time of application for any exemption.

Accepted forms of Proof of Age:
  • Birth Certificate
  • Georgia Drivers License
  • Georgia I. D. Card
  • Passport

Proof of Disability — Disabled Persons:

Affidavits from two different Georgia doctors stating that you are 100% totally and permanently disabled or one Georgia doctor's affidavit and a Social Security Administration Awards Letter stating that you are 100% totally and permanently disabled.

Proof of Disability Veteran:

Verification by the Veterans Administration showing that you are 100% totally and permanently disabled or being paid at the 100% rate. The V.A. Awards letter must state the effective date that the 100% rating was awarded or the date compensation began at 100%. If applying as the un-remarried widow(er) of a veteran killed in armed conflict, you will need documentation from the Secretary of Defense that he/she received death benefits as a result of the death of a spouse killed while on active duty.

Veterans may also qualify for an exemption based on both disability and taxable income. To determine eligibility, you must provide proof of disability as noted above and a Georgia or Federal tax return or bank statements for all household members.

** If you are not required to file Federal or State Income Tax Returns, you will need to provide copies of two current consecutive monthly bank statements for all household members.

Tax Sales

On the first Tuesday of October, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., (subject to change) we hold our tax sale on the steps of the Fayette County Courthouse. (Fayette County Justice Center) If the first Tuesday of the month falls on a legal holiday, the sale is held the next day, Wednesday. The opening bid for a particular piece of property is the amount of tax due, plus penalties, interest, Fi.Fa. cost, levy cost, administrative levy fee, certified mail cost and advertising cost. The property is sold to the highest bidder. If a property is not sold it will be taken back to the Fayette County Courthouse to be auctioned again at 2 p.m. on the same day. If it is not sold at the second auction it may be available at the following year’s auction.

PAYMENT

We require payment in full upon conclusion of the tax sale. Payment must be in the form of cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or money order. We also require the purchaser to sign a statement attesting to the fact that certain property was purchased for a certain price.

Immediately following the conclusion of the tax sale, all purchasers must remit full payment to this office. After all payments are processed, we begin preparation of the Tax Deed and the Real Estate Transfer Tax form. You will be notified when this information is ready for pick-up in our office.

SALE CLOSING

After the tax sale, we send written notice, by certified mail, to the owner, mortgage company, IRS and State of Georgia (if applicable) informing them the property was sold. We inform them of who purchased the property and provide them with the purchasers address, (OCGA 9-13-160, 9-13-161, 9-13-166, 48-2-55, 48-4-1, 48-4-2, 48-4-3, 48-4-4, 48-4-5, 48-4-6 and 48-4-20).

TAX SALE LIST

The list for the 2021 tax sale will be posted here and updated weekly starting in September of 2021.




Fayette County, GA

Tax Commissioner
Kristie King

140 Stonewall Ave W
Fayetteville, GA 30214
770-461-3652

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