Georgia Title Transfer Guide
How to Transfer a Car Title In Georgia
Whether you are buying a car in Georgia from the pre-owned lot downtown or from your neighbor’s teenager, you will need to transfer the title before you can drive it. The following article answers all your questions on what needs to get done so you can start cruising in your new ride.
You will be working with the Georgia Department of Revenue to title and register your new car. You will be visiting your local County Tag office and will want to call your local office directly with any questions that you might have.
Use this easy County Tag Office locator map to find the one that services your town or city. An email address is also listed with each office for quick and accurate answers.
Buying or Selling a Car in Georgia: How to Transfer A Title
If you bought your car at a dealership, they will likely offer to take care of running to the tag office for you. For a private party sale, it is going to be entirely up to you. It is suggested that both the buyer and seller make the trip to the County Tag Office to ensure the transfer of title is completed immediately and is legal.
You will need to bring the following to the County Tag Office:
- A completed Tag/Title Application.
- An emissions inspection certificate if required in your county.
- Proof of insurance for the new owner.
- Your driver’s license.
- The original vehicle title. No copies or alterations will be accepted.
- Loan documentation.
- Payment for fees and taxes.
You will likely be registering the car at the same time you are transferring the title.
Online Title Transfer Options In Georgia
Can you transfer a car title online in the state of Georgia?
No. You must bring the vehicle and all required documents to the County Tag Office. If needed, the clerk can personally verify the VIN against the history of the vehicle in the state database.
The clerk will also verify that all signatures and dates are filled in on all the paperwork and that the odometer reading is accurate.
Georgia Title Transfer Office Locations
Where are the county tag offices in Georgia located?
County Tag offices are situated throughout the state. If you live on the county line, you do have to visit the office in the county in which the vehicle will be registered as Ad Valorem taxes and fee structures are different from county to county.
Most offices are open 8 AM to 5 PM, but it’s always wise to check in advance. Phone numbers are listed with the address and links are provided for easy directions in your mapping software.
Georgia Car Title Transfer Fees
How much does it cost to transfer a Georgia vehicle title?
There is an $18 title fee and a $20 license plate fee. There may be additional fees for listing any lien holders, ad valorem taxes, and other fees for processing.
You can calculate what the ad valorem tax will be for your car with thisuseful Georgia Title Transfer Fee Calculator.
Filling Out the Georgia Title Transfer Form
Where do I need to sign to complete the title transfer process? How do I fill out the Georgia title transfer application? Good questions.
It is signatures that can trip you up. Double check your work before heading off to the Tag Office
- All individuals listed on the original title must print, sign, and date in the transfer title section.
- The seller must notify the state of the sale within 7 days.
- All buyers to be listed on the new title must print, sign, and date the old title.
- The purchase price, date, and odometer reading must be listed.
- There can be no adjustments or erasures on the original title. If somebody makes a mistake, you may have to file for a duplicate title before the new title will be issued.
Title Transfer When Gifting a Vehicle
Can you gift a car to your kid in Georgia? What does it take to transfer the title to a family member?
While you can transfer the title of a car in Georgia to a relative without selling it, you will still have to pay the ad valorem taxes. You will need the Declaration of Immediate Family along with the Application for Title. Ask the clerk whether to write “gift” or “$0” in the sales price section of the title.
Georgia DMV Title Transfer Appointments
Schedule an appointment at the Georgia county tag office to save time.
If you live in a more urban area, it is wise to schedule your visit to the County Tag Office so you don’t end up waiting in line. click here to select your preferred time.
If you have any more questions regarding how to transfer a title for your new car, give your local County Tag Office a call or email them today.
Common Questions About Georgia Title Transfer
Are there any questions about transferring a car title that we didn’t cover?
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