The following actions need to be taken when selling a motor vehicle to another individual or private party.

Selling a Vehicle to another Individual

  • All owners listed on the front of the title need to print and sign their names on the back of the title in the seller section as they appear on the front. A title must be provided for model years 1986-present. A bill of sale can be used in lieu of a title for models years 1985 and older.
  • If there is a lien or security interest recorded on the title, it needs to be released in the space provided on the front or an original lien release must be completed by the security interest holder.
  • If the seller owns the vehicle on their birthday, they are responsible for any taxes due. They are also responsible for ensuring the vehicle has a valid, passing emission certificate at the time of sale. For more information on which vehicles require an emissions test, click here.
  • The individual selling the vehicle should remove the license plate from the vehicle then turn it in to a Gwinnett tag office or keep it and cancel the vehicle's registration.
  • The registration should be cancelled before the insurance is cancelled. For information on how to cancel your registration, click here.
  • Verify that out-of-state titles are notarized, if required.  

Selling a Vehicle from an Estate to a Private Party

  • The Executor of the estate needs to sign the Georgia title in the seller section (if there is more than one Executor, only one needs to sign).
  • The Executor needs to provide the buyer a certified copy of the Letters of Testamentary or Permanent Letter of Administration.
  • If there is a lien recorded on the title, the lien or security interest shown needs to be released in the space provided on the front or an original lien release must be completed by the security interest holder.
  • The Executor of the estate should remove the license plate from the vehicle and turn it in to a Gwinnett tag office.
  • A bill of sale must be completed on vehicles 1985 or older that do not have a title.  

 

Updated 2/22/2017