Do I have to change the registration on my car when I move out of state?

I am moving from Texas to Georgia and was wondering if I had to register my car and change my driver's license. I will only be in Georgia for about two years; renewing my plates and registration online for Texas will be much easier for me. Is there any way to wait until I get back to Texas?

Answer
“Legally, Georgia requires a new resident to change their driver’s license and registration within the first 30 days of moving into the state.
Since the police have no way of knowing if you are a resident in Georgia unless you tell them, the odds of getting into trouble are relatively low, but not zero.
Suppose for some reason you need to get a Georgia driver’s license and you are pulled over in a car with Texas plates. In that case, you will be issued a ticket for not changing your registration over since they will know you are a resident.
The main issue you will have is with your car insurance company. You will need to update your address, and the insurance company will change your auto policy from a Texas policy to a Georgia policy. If you never register your car in Georgia, your policy might be canceled.
Every state has different coverage requirements, so it is crucial to have your insurance policy updated accurately.
Since you will need to update your insurance policy anyway, now is a perfect time to shop for a lower rate. With the move, your current policy might not be as competitive as it once was. Jerry will help you shop for car insurance for free. Jerry compares rates from the nation’s top providers and brings the lowest available rates right to the app on your phone.”
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Aug 25, 2021
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