The Liberty County Tax Commissioner’s office, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), is installing a new state-of-the-art system for vehicle registration and titles.
The Georgia Driver Record and Integrated Vehicle Enterprise System (DRIVES) will upgrade and modernize vehicle registration and titling. The new system will enable more self-service options, improve customer service, and enhance data integrity, according to DOR.
“Our office is excited to partner with the Department of Revenue on the Georgia DRIVES project”, said Liberty County Tax Commissioner Virgil M. Jones. “We want to continue providing service to our citizens leading up to the Memorial Day launch of the Georgia DRIVES system, which will improve efficiencies both in Liberty County and throughout the State. It is very important for residents to be aware of which services will not be available leading up to Memorial Day and for them to plan their vehicle registration activities accordingly.”
Beginning May 21, some online vehicle services and location hours may be reduced in preparation for the system upgrade. Implementation of the new system will require the vehicle registrations and titling services to be unavailable Friday, May 24. During June, customers may experience longer than normal wait times when visiting the tag office. Vehicle owners with renewal dates in May and June who normally renew in person are encouraged to do so prior to May 20 to avoid delays. Individuals who ordinarily renew online will not experience delays.
Specifically, the public should expect:
· County Tag Offices will not be able to process transactions Friday, May 24.
· All online motor vehicle related services including online tag renewal services will be offline May 21 – May 27.
· Motor Vehicle Self Service Kiosks will be offline May 21 – May 27. The Motor Vehicle Division will only be able to process Trip Permit transactions at the DOR Southmeadow facility. All other transactions including International Fuel Tax Agreements (IFTA) and International Registration Plans (IRP) will be unavailable.
How will this impact Georgia customers and drivers? In the first month of the DRIVES system, walk-in customers may experience delays and longer than normal wait times. To avoid such delays, Georgia residents with May and June renewal dates are encouraged to renew prior to Monday, May 20.
Customers and dealers seeking to conduct any title transactions should complete their business at a county tag office prior to Friday, May 24.
Dealers will be able to initiate electronic title and registration (ETR) transactions and issue temporary operating permits (TOPs) over Memorial Day weekend.
Law enforcement will still have access to motor vehicle records through a statewide backup file.
The Department of Driver Services will not be affected.
Visit www.libertygatax.com or www.dor.ga.gov for more information on upcoming scheduling changes.