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How to Transfer a Car Title in Georgia

If you’ve recently purchased a vehicle or need to transfer ownership of a car in Georgia, it’s essential to understand the process of transferring a car title. The title and license plate can be obtained at your County Tag Office by following a few simple steps. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process to make it easier for you.

Step 1: Complete the MV-1 Title/Tag Application

The first step is to fill out the MV-1 Title/Tag Application form. You can save time by starting the application online before visiting the county tag office. Ensure that the form is completed accurately and signed. If your vehicle is financed and there is a lienholder or security interest holder involved, you’ll need to provide their name and address on the application form.

Step 2: Obtain an Emission Inspection Certificate

If your vehicle is subject to Georgia emission inspection requirements, make sure to obtain an Emission Inspection Certificate. This certificate verifies that your vehicle meets the necessary emission standards.

Step 3: Visit the County Tag Office for a New Georgia Car Title

Once you’ve completed the MV-1 application and obtained an emission inspection certificate, if applicable to your vehicle, locate your nearest county tag office to apply for a title. At the time of your visit, bring the following items:

Step 4: 30-Day Window for Registration & License Plates

You have a 30-day window from the purchase or transfer date to register the vehicle and obtain a license plate. If you had a Georgia license plate on a previous vehicle that you no longer own, you could transfer it to the newly acquired vehicle, provided both vehicles require the same category of license plate.

It’s important to note that every Georgia owner, except licensed dealers, must obtain a title in their name for the vehicle before transferring ownership if the vehicle requires a Georgia title.

By following these steps and providing all the necessary documents and fees, you can successfully transfer a car title in Georgia. Remember to check the specific requirements and regulations of your county, as processes may vary slightly. For further assistance or clarification, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local County Tag Office.

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