Celebrate a birthday serving your country overseas while your car stays here in Georgia, and you come home to family, friends and an expired tag.
A Georgia tag's to be renewed every year on the owner's birthday, and if the owner's not here to renew it, the tag expires.
Tooling around town with an expired tag can get a driver a ticket, and that's not a nice welcome home for a soldier.
So Muscogee Tax Commissioner Lula Huff is moving a part of her operation out to where soldiers returning home from Iraq won't have to drive to it. She's opening a satellite office in the Infantry's 3rd Brigade headquarters at Kelly Hill on the Fort Benning post, where soldiers coming home can get their tag business out of the way fast.
Huff said her workers also will help soldiers whose vehicles are registered in Chattahoochee County. The Muscogee office can't collect money for Chattahoochee, but it can issue soldiers "temporary operating permits" so they can drive to get their Chattahoochee tags without getting tickets, she said.
The satellite tag office will hold a grand opening Thursday at 2 p.m. Its regular hours will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, she said.