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
Letter of Testamentary
- 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.
- The executor must provide the buyer(s) with a certified copy of the Letter of Testamentary.
Lien/Security Interest Release
- 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.
Valid Georgia Driver's License or Georgia Identification Card of the buyer(s).
- 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.
- 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.