How To Transfer a Car Title in Georgia

How To Transfer a Car Title in Georgia

You need to know how to transfer a car title in Georgia if you…

  • Are buying or selling a car
  • Need to add or remove an owner
  • Donate or give a vehicle as a gift
  • Receive a car as an inheritance from a family member
  • Transfer ownership in a divorce settlement

You need the certificate of title. If the original title is lost or damaged, complete and apply for a duplicate title.

Step 1. Check for a Clear Title

If the owner has a car loan, the title will have a lien. The owner needs to pay it off and get a lien release.

Step 2. Complete the Application forAssignment and Warranty of Title by Owner Section on the Title

The new owner needs to complete the transfer section on the back.

  • Full legal name
  • Date of transfer
  • Street address or RFD number
  • County of residence
  • Odometer reading
  • Printed name and signature

The previous owner also needs to sign the title.

Step3. Complete and Submit Additional Documents

Other paperwork you need includes:

Step 4. Apply for a New Certificate of Title

Apply at your County Tag Office. Complete the MV-1 Title/Tag Application. You can start the application online before your visit.

Step 5. Pay Taxes and Fees

You will need to pay…

By Georgia law, you have 30 days from the transfer date to register. You can order a new license plate or transfer one from a vehicle you no longer own.


To transfer a certificate of title in Georgia, you need to

  • Complete the title transfer on the back of the certificate
  • Apply for a new title

You may need other forms, depending on your circumstances.

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