Please Note: Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to process a name change due to inheritance. Other documentation may be required upon review of paperwork at the tag office.  

Non-Probated Will

If the vehicle has a Georgia title and the inheritor is not a Georgia resident, the inheritor must apply for a title in their state of residency.

Each state’s inheritance laws differ. Some states require an executor to be assigned to the estate when there is a non-probated will. For a non-probated will, if the executor of the estate is not a Georgia resident, Georgia does not require the executor of the estate to title the vehicle in their name in their state of residency prior to the Georgia resident inheriting the vehicle.

If you are a Gwinnett resident and need to apply for a Georgia title on a vehicle that you are inheriting and there is a non-probated will, the following documents are required:

  • Current Original Title
    • Georgia title – The title submitted must be issued in the name of the deceased owner(s).
    • If the Georgia title is currently in the name of the deceased owner(s) and is not available, a Georgia title can be applied for in the inheritor’s name, as long as the current/valid vehicle registration is submitted.
    • Out-of-state title – The out-of-state title issued in the name of deceased owner(s) must be submitted.
      • Some states require an executor to be assigned to the estate when there is a non-probated will. If the executor of the estate is not a Georgia resident, Georgia does not require them to title the vehicle in their name in their state of residency prior to the Georgia resident inheriting the vehicle.
    • If the vehicle is titled in another state in the deceased owner’s name and the title is not available, the inheritor(s) must apply for a title following the inheritance procedures of the state where the last title was issued. 
    • A title is required for all motor vehicles 1986 and newer.
  • Title Application
    • All inheritors of the vehicle must sign the title application.
    • If any inheritor 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.
  • A Certified Copy of the Death Certificate
  • A Certified Copy of the Non-Probated Will
  • Affidavit of Inheritance 
    • The form must be completed in the inheritor’s name(s).
    • The inheritor(s) must sign the form and it must be notarized.
    • If all inheritors are present at the tag office with a valid Georgia driver’s license (DL) or Georgia identification (ID) card, the form can be signed and notarized at the tag office.
    • The original form must be submitted.
  • Lien/Security Interest Release
    • Any liens or security interests shown on the current title must be released 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 inheritor(s) will need to contact the lien or security interest holder to request the name change on the title.
  • Valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID Card of the Current Titled Owner(s)
    • All inheritors must present a valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID card.
    • If an inheritor is not able to visit the tag office, a legible photocopy of the Georgia DL or ID card is required.

Probated Will

If the court-appointed executor on the Letter of Testamentary at the time the will was probated is not a Georgia resident, the executor must apply for a title in their name in their state of residency prior to the vehicle being sold or ownership transferred to a resident of Georgia.

You can change the name on a title when the deceased vehicle owner(s) had a will that was probated, and you are named as the executor on the Letter of Testamentary.  If there is more than one executor named, one of the executors can title the vehicle without requiring the signature(s) of all named executors.

If you are a Gwinnett resident and need to apply for a Georgia title on a vehicle that you are inheriting where the will has been probated and you have been named the executor of the estate, the following documents are required:  

  • Current Original Title
    • Georgia title – The title being submitted must be issued in the name of the deceased owner(s).
    • If the Georgia title is currently in the name of the deceased owner(s) and is not available, a Georgia title can be applied for in the executor’s name, as long as the current/valid vehicle registration is submitted.
    • Out-of-state title – If the vehicle is titled in another state, the out-of-state title issued in the name of the deceased owner(s) must be submitted.
    • If the vehicle is titled in another state in the deceased owner’s name and the title is not available, the inheritor(s) must apply for a title following the inheritance procedures of the state where the last title was issued.
    • A title is required for all motor vehicles 1986 and newer.
  • Title Application
    • The executor of the vehicle must sign the title application.
    • If the executor 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.
  • Letter of Testamentary, Permanent Letter of Administration or Year’s Support issued by the court
    • The Letter of Testamentary or the Permanent Letter of Administration, listing the name of the executor must be submitted.
    • If  the Year’s Support paperwork is submitted, the person granted the Year’s Support must title the vehicle in their name.
    • The Year’s Support paperwork must show a complete description of the vehicle (year, make and vehicle identification number).
  • Lien/Security Interest Release
    • Any liens or security interests shown on the current title must be released 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 inheritor(s) will need to contact the lien or security interest holder to request the name change on the title.
  • Valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID Card of the Current Titled Owner(s)
    • The executor must present a valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID card.
    • If the executor is not able to visit the tag office, a legible photocopy of the Georgia DL or ID card is required.

No Will

If the vehicle has a Georgia title and the inheritor is not a Georgia resident, the inheritor must apply for a title in their state of residency.

Each state’s inheritance laws differ.  Some states require an executor to be assigned to the estate when there is a no will.  If there is not a will, and the executor of the estate is not a Georgia resident, Georgia does not require the executor to title the vehicle in their name in their state of residency prior to the Georgia resident inheriting the vehicle.

If you are a Gwinnett resident and need to apply for a Georgia title on a vehicle that you are inheriting and there is no will, the following documents are required:

  • Current Original Title
    • Georgia title – The title being submitted must be issued in the name of the deceased owner(s).
    • If the Georgia title is currently in the name of the deceased owner(s) and is not available, a Georgia title can be applied for in the inheritor’s name, as long as the current/valid vehicle registration is submitted.
    • Out-of-state title – The out-of-state title issued in the name of deceased owner(s) must be submitted.
      • When there is no will, some states require an executor to be assigned to the estate.  Georgia does not require the executor of the estate to title and register the vehicle in his/her name prior to the Georgia resident inheriting the vehicle.
    • If the vehicle is titled in another state in the deceased owner’s name and the title is not available, the inheritor(s) must apply for a title following the inheritance procedures of the state where the last title was issued. 
    • A title is required for all motor vehicles 1986 and newer.
  • Title Application
    • All inheritors of the vehicle must sign the title application.
    • If any inheritor 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.
  • A Certified Copy of the Death Certificate
  • Affidavit of Inheritance
    • The form must be completed in the inheritor’s name(s).
    • The inheritor(s) of the vehicle must sign it and the form must be notarized.
    • If all inheritors are present at the tag office with a valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID card, the form can be signed by the inheritors and notarized there.
    • The original form must be submitted.
  • Lien/Security Interest Release
    • Any liens or security interests shown on the current title must be released 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 inheritor(s) will need to contact the lien or security interest holder in order to request the name change on the title.
  • Valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID Card of the Current Titled Owner(s)
    • All inheritors must present a valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID card.
    • If any inheritor is not able to visit the tag office, a legible photocopy of the Georgia DL or ID card is required.

Other Information

An $18 fee is required for the name change on the title. Title tax may be due when transferring ownership of the inherited vehicle; click here to determine the amount.

If a Georgia license plate must be issued, a Georgia emissions test, Georgia insurance and a valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID card is 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 you would like to request a name change on a title, visit any of the five Gwinnett County tag offices

 

Updated 2/22/2017