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 Letters 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 1986 and newer motor vehicles.
- The executor must provide the buyer(s) with a certified copy of the Letters 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 application must be submitted.
Valid Georgia Driver's License (DL) or Georgia Identification (ID) 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 of the estate needs to contact the lien or security interest holder to determine what is required to change ownership.
- All buyers must present a valid Georgia DL or Georgia ID.
- If any buyer is not able to visit the tag office, a legible photocopy is required.