How to Register a Motorcycle in Georgia
Though they are less common than cars, a great number of Georgia motorists love riding two-wheeled motorcycles and scooters. Motorcycles can be risky, but the feeling of riding the roadways in the open breeze brings excitement and joy to motorcycle riders. If you want the freedom to enjoy your bike, you will have to follow certain registration processes with the DDS to put the bike on file and link its ownership directly to you. Failure to follow the necessary registration protocols will get you in trouble legally, leading to fees and the possible suspension of your license.
What Documents Do I Need to Register my Motorcycle?
Motorcycles are registered just like cars, with only minor differences in the process. It all starts by heading to your local tax collector’s office with all the necessary documents and fees.
Here’s what you should bring when going to register your vehicle:
- Your Georgia drivers license
- A completed Application for a Motorcycle Title/Tag
- A notarized Affidavit of Fact for a Motorcycle
- The motorcycle’s title, registration papers, or certificate of origin to verify that you do indeed legally own the vehicle
- Evidence of minimum liability insurance in the state of Georgia
- Evidence of residency in Georgia, such as a bank statement, utility bill, or pay stub with your address
- A certificate proving the motorcycle has been properly inspected by law enforcement
Interestingly, unlike cars, emissions tests are not required for motorcycles in Georgia. This will save you a step in the process, not to mention the cost of the test.
What Fees Do I Have to Pay to Register my Motorcycle?
There are a few different fees associated with registering a motorcycle, but none of them are too steep. Georgia also has what’s known as an “ad valorem” tax, which is determined based on the value of the motorcycle, which will be calculated at the tax collector’s office. These fees can easily be paid with cash, a personal check, or a money order. Some counties also accept credit and debit card payments.
What Other Steps Should I Take Before Riding?
Remember that registering your motorcycle is only the first step to legal and responsible ownership. It’s your responsibility to learn how to handle the vehicle properly, purchase the minimum amount of liability insurance to protect yourself and other drivers, and even acquire proper riding clothes and gear. Proper riding gear will not only give you some important protection against the natural elements and accidents while riding – it’ll make you look cool at the same time. Protective riding gear includes a proper riding jacket, full-face helmet, gloves, thick pants, boots, and anything else that puts something solid between you and the pavement. You are about to embark on an exciting, but dangerous journey. Do it wisely.