Holiday Schedule

Effingham County offices are closed on the following days in 2019:

  • New Year's Day, January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 21
  • Presidents' Day, February 18
  • Memorial Day, May 27
  • Independence, Day, July 4th
  • Labor Day, September 2
  • Columbus Day, October 14
  • Veterans's Day November 11
  • Thanksgiving, November 28-29
  • Christmas, December 24-25

When a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the Friday before. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.


Effective March 1, 2013: NEW Law Replaces "Birthday Tax" with Title Ad Valorem Tax (TVT)

A law that changes the way motor vehicles are taxed in Georgia went into effect on March 1, 2013. Motor vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013 and titled in this state will be exempt from sales and use tax and the annual ad valorem tax, also known as the birthday tax. These taxes will be replaced by a one-time tax that is imposed at the time the vehicle is titled on the fair market value of the vehicle called the title ad valorem tax (TAVT tax).

For more information on the new TAVT, view Frequently Asked Questions at the Georgia Department of Revenue web site HERE

New Decals
Effective January 1, 2011, IN GOD WE TRUST decals are available to display on one's car tag in lieu of the county name decal. These decals are $1 each and are available in the Tag Office.

New Fees to Renew Most Specialty Tags
House Bill 1055, which went into effect on May 26, 2010, added an additional $35 in addition to the regular tag fee to renew most specialty tags. The tags most affected are Wild Life tags (Deer, Bobwhite Quail and Humming Bird), Dog, Cat, Educator, Purple Cone Flower and Wild Flower tags. The new fees can be found at On the left side of the page click "Plate Samples".

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2011 House Bill 1005......VEHICLES ACQUIRED FROM OTHER THAN A DEALER. Within seven (7) business days of purchase or other acquisition of a vehicle, the new owner shall, pursuant to O.C.G.A 40-2-29 apply to the owner's County Tag Agent and present the Certificate of Title, and insurance, accompanied by applicable fees. If the Certificate of Title is in the possession of a security interest or lien holder, the County Tag Agent shall issue a temporary operating permit valid for 30 days.

GOLD STAR TAG: The Georgia Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division will allow The Gold Star Tag (honoring the family members of service members who have been killed in action) to begin issuance. This tag will only be issued to a family member directly related to the fallen member (un-married spouse, legal mother, legal father, sibling, and step-parent). More information on this tag and other Special Interest Tags, visit the State of Georgia Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division at

Sales Tax On Out of State Vehicle Purchases: We are now collecting Sales Tax on out of state vehicle purchases. Beginning January 1, 2006, Georgia Sales Tax must be paid on all vehicles purchased from any business or dealership outside the State of Georgia prior to registration of the vehicle.

Car Insurance - Cancel Tag: Vehicle owners who cancel insurance on a motor vehicle are required to come into the office and cancel the tag.

The tag has to be cancelled the same day insurance coverage is cancelled.

If the vehicle is later reinsured, the owner must bring a binder from their insurance company and reinstate the tag. Failure to do so will result in fines and/or suspension of registration by the Georgia Department of Revenue.