Tag and title offices issuing larger decal for vehicle registrations

CONYERS - Drivers registering their vehicles this month may have noticed some changes in the decal. Beginning June 2, local tag and title offices began issuing a new larger decal for all motor vehicle registrations.

The new decal is approximately 56 percent larger than the old decal. The year of expiration is printed vertically down the decal's right side an the expiration month is printed in bold letter horizontally across the top of the decal. The Georgia county of issuance and license plate number is printed in a smaller font below the expiration month.

Registrations expiring in 2008 have a white background and those expiring in 2009 have a green background.

Bart L. Graham, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Revenue, announced the change in a press release May 30 and said the new decals will assist law enforcement personnel because the expiration dates can be read from greater distances.

Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington agreed the changes would be helpful for patrol deputies.

"The current decals are very small and it is difficult to see the expiration date from the patrol car," the sheriff said Saturday. "Any larger font and size would definitely be helpful."

The new decal is to be displayed in the lower right corner of the license plate. It is slightly larger than the current pocket, but future plate designs will accommodate the larger decal, the press release stated. The county decal will still be required on all plates except those that are exempted by Georgia statute.

Later this year, the decals will again be enhanced to include a geographic depiction of Georgia.