People with birthdays in December still have to get their vehicle tags by deadline, even if they haven’t yet received a notice or pre-bill.
A problem with the vendor that handled mailing out tag and registration notices means many haven’t received the usual reminder, said Bulloch County Tax Commissioner James Deal.
“The vendor that handled that went bankrupt,” he said.
The Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division hired a temporary vendor to handle the mail-outs, but there were other problems such as return envelopes that did not accommodate the forms needed to be sent in, he said.
“The Department Revenue is in the process of getting another vendor” to take over the tag/registration renewal notices, but in the meantime, people should be aware that regardless of whether they received a notice, they are still responsible for timely renewal, he said.
A notice to all who may not have received the usual reminder will be mailed out next week, after Nov. 16, explaining the issue, he said.
The letter will explain that people with tag renewals due in December, on their birthdays, will not be getting the registration reminder and that the letter itself will serve as that reminder.
Anyone who waits until after their tag/registration renewal date, which is listed on their current registration card, will be penalized. Not receiving a renewal notice will not excuse delinquency, Deal said.
The letter to be mailed to people statewide whose renewal date is in December explains the issue is due to a vendor problem, not the fault of local tax commissioners.
Deal reminds drivers that renewal of registration is their responsibility. “Some counties do not even send out the renewal notices,” he said.
The Georgia Department of Revenue expects to have a new vendor in place to handle the mailed renewals by the first of the year, he said.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.