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Published on November 10th, 2015 |


Fulton Commission waives penalties on license tag renewal snafu

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners Nov. 4 authorized the county tax commissioner to waive penalties and interest accrued by Fulton drivers after notices of the annual taxes were delivered late.

The move comes after the company under contract with the Georgia Department of Revenue for mailing pre-bills sent a letter Sept. 29 informing the state it would cease all business operations and file Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

As a result of the vendor’s default, some pre-bills were not sent to motor vehicle owners whose registration renewals were due in October.

Some motorists also reported the backup vendor retained by the Georgia Department of Revenue mailed some pre-bills with return envelopes that did not show the complete address for the tax commissioner so that payment could be submitted but not received.

It still seems to be going on. The North Buckhead Civic Association got an inquiry this week from a neighbor with a November birthday who wondered how to renew if they didn’t get the reminder. Here’s the steps:

1. Get your emissions test done first. The station will electronically update the state’s database, so you don’t need to do anything with the emissions report to get a new tag decal when ordering online. There is an age/mileage emissions exemption — if you drive little (up to 5,000 miles/year) and have a 10+ year old car, look into it.

2. Have your old tag receipt handy. It will show you your existing tag number and your vehicle identification number (VIN) which you may need in navigating the computer or administrative systems.

3. The quickest to apply for a renewal is online at Note that there is a “service charge” for online payments. Or, slower, go in person to one of the following tag offices, M-F 8-4:30, with your VIN and emissions results (or age exemption):

* Atlanta – 141 Pryor St. Suite 2097 (closest to Buckhead going south)
* Sandy Springs – 7741 Roswell Road NE (closest to Buckhead going north)

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One Response to Fulton Commission waives penalties on license tag renewal snafu

  1. Jason says:

    Any idea how those who paid the late penalties can get a refund? I had called and they did not acknowledge any issues and had paid a late fee after thinking I just had missed the first notice.

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