Please Note: Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to transfer ownership of an inherited vehicle. Other documentation may be required upon review of paperwork at the tag office.  

With No Will

If you have inherited a vehicle that is currently titled in Georgia, and you wish to sell it, you must first follow the state of Georgia inheritance procedures

  • If the vehicle has a Georgia title with only one owner listed and the owner is deceased and they did not have a will, and you are the inheritor, you can sell the vehicle by first titling the vehicle in your name by following the Georgia inheritance procedures. Once the vehicle is titled in the inheritor’s name, the vehicle can be sold. 
  • If there are two or more owners listed on the Georgia title and all owners listed are Georgia residents and one of the owners is deceased and did not have a will, the surviving owner(s) can sell or transfer ownership of the vehicle by correctly signing the Georgia title as seller and providing the buyer with a copy of the certified death certificate of the deceased owner(s).   
  • If there are two or more owners listed on the Georgia title and all owners listed are Georgia residents and deceased and they did not have a will, the inheritor of the vehicle must title the vehicle in their name. Once the vehicle is titled in the inheritor’s name, it can be sold by the inheritor. 
  • If the vehicle has a Georgia title and the inheritor(s) or the surviving owner(s) is not a Georgia resident, the inheritor(s) or surviving owner(s) must apply for a title in his state of residency prior to selling or transferring the title to a Georgia resident. 

With a Non-Probated Will

If you have inherited a vehicle that is currently titled in Georgia, and you wish to sell it, you must first follow the Georgia inheritance procedures

  • If the vehicle has a Georgia title where there is only one owner listed and they are deceased and had a non-probated will, you can change the name on the title or inherit the vehicle by following Georgia inheritance procedures
  • If there are two or more owners listed on the Georgia title and all owners listed are Georgia residents and one of the owners is deceased, the surviving owner(s) must title the vehicle in their name prior to selling or transferring ownership of the vehicle. Georgia inheritance procedures must be followed to complete the name change. 
  • If the vehicle has a Georgia title and the inheritor(s) or the surviving owner(s) is not a Georgia resident, the inheritor(s) or surviving owner(s) must apply for a title in their state of residency prior to selling or transferring the title to a Georgia resident.

With a Probated Will

If the court-appointed executor listed on the Letters of Testamentary at the time the will was probated is not a resident Georgia resident, the executor must apply for a title in their name in their state of residency prior to the vehicle being sold or transferring ownership to a Georgia resident. If you reside in Gwinnett and have purchased a vehicle with a Georgia title with two or more owners and one of the owners is deceased and they had a probated will, the following documents must be submitted in order to change the name on the title:  

Current Georgia title
  • Surviving owner(s) must sign the title as seller.
  • The executor listed on the Letter of Testamentary must also sign the back of the title as seller on behalf of the deceased owner.
  • If there is more than one executor, only one is required to sign as seller.
  • If the vehicle is titled in another state in the deceased owner's name and the title is not available, the executor must apply for a title following the inheritance procedures of the state where the last title was issued. 
  • All buyers must sign the title.
  • A title is required for all motor vehicles year 1986 and newer.
Letter of Testamentary
  • The executor must provide the buyer(s) with a certified copy of the Letter of Testamentary. 
Title Application
  • All buyers must sign the title application.
  • If any buyer is not able to visit the tag office, the form can be filled out online, printed and signed.
  • The original title application must be submitted.
Lien/Security Interest Release
  • Any liens or security interests shown on the current title must be released in order for the name change to be processed.
  • The lien or security interest may be released on the front of the title in the Release of Lien area or a Lien Release form can be completed by the lien or security interest holder.  The original form must be submitted.
  • If any lien or security interest has not been satisfied, the surviving owner or executor/executrix of the estate will need to contact the lien or security interest holder to determine what will be required to change ownership.
Valid Georgia Driver's License or Georgia Identification Card of the buyer(s).
  • All buyers must present a valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID card.
  • If any buyer is not able to visit the tag office, a legible photocopy of the Georgia DL or Georgia ID card is required.

Other Information

An $18 fee is required to title the vehicle in the new owner's name(s). Title tax may be due when transferring ownership of the inherited vehicle.

If a Georgia license plate must be issued, a Georgia emissions test, Georgia insurance and a valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID card are all required.  Proof of residency is required if the Georgia DL or Georgia ID card does not have a current Gwinnett address. Ad valorem tax and tag registration fees must be paid, if applicable.
 
If you are a Gwinnett resident and have any questions concerning your situation, contact us at Tag@gwinnettcounty.com or 770-822-8818 or visit any Gwinnett County tag office

For more information on obtaining a Georgia DL or Georgia ID card, visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services website.
 

 

 Updated 5/17/2017