(1) Beginning December 1, 2003, upon receipt of a notice of termination of insurance coverage on a vehicle, if the Department has not received notice from an insurer that new minimum motor vehicle liability insurance coverage has been obtained for the subject vehicle, the Department will issue a notice to the registered owner of the vehicle stating that the Department has received notice of the termination of coverage and informing the owner of the penalties provided by law.
(a) The Department will send said notice to the address of the registered owner of the motor vehicle as reflected in the Georgia Registration and Title Information System (“GRATIS”).
(b) The mailing of such notice shall be deemed to be conclusive notice to the registered owner of the duty to maintain the minimum motor vehicle liability insurance coverage and the possible penalties and consequences of failure to do so.
(c) No further notice shall be required for the suspensions or revocations provided for by law.
(3) On and after December 1, 2003, no vehicle registration or renewal of registration will be issued to any motor vehicle if the vehicle registration has been revoked, suspended, or cancelled. All accrued restoration and lapse fees must be paid prior to reinstatement.
(4) On and after February 1, 2003, no vehicle registration or renewal of registration will be issued to any motor vehicle for which the GEICS does not have a “Valid Insurance Coverage” status indicator unless the registrant produces proof of insurance coverage in a manner authorized by O.C.G.A. § 40-6-10 or by O.C.G.A. § 40-2-26.
(5) If ownership of the vehicle changes, the Commissioner is authorized to waive the applicable restoration and lapse fees upon the new owner’s registration of the vehicle.