DRIVES - New Equipment Costs to Counties
The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) is updating the equipment and connectivity requirements for its tag and titling system. The GRATIS system will be phased out and no longer supported and counties will be required to use a new system called DRIVES.
was sent to tax commissioners notifying them of additional equipment costs that the counties will have to pay for if funds are not added to the state budget.
As part of the DRIVES initiative, DOR sent out a survey to counties to learn about the equipment being used as well as internet connection speeds. While this information was used to request a budget appropriation, for the legislature to consider, the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 included no appropriations to fund the equipment and network connectivity.
County officials should contact their legislators to ask them to appropriate the funds to implement this new, required system to process tags and titles at the county level on behalf of the state. Please consult with your tax commissioner and IT staff to determine the potential equipment costs that may be incurred by your county and notify ACCG Legislative Director Clint Mueller (
) and your legislators about the financial impact.