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Dealer-related Information in Georgia

Dealer Responsibilities

Licensed car dealers in the state of Georgia are required to fulfill certain responsibilities in the course of running their business. As a car dealer, you are required to do the following:

  • You must apply for a title in your customer's name within 30 days of them purchasing a vehicle from you. Stiff penalties are applied if you fail to do so within that time frame.
  • You must supply your customer with a temporary tag (see below) to allow the buyer time to apply for their own tag.
  • If the vehicle is financed, you must file a Notice of Security Interest (Form T-53D) with the State within 20 days of purchase.

Not following these guidelines can result in fines, civil penalties, and misdemeanor charges.

Temporary Customer Tags

The state does not supply the temporary tags for your customer's car. The following associations can provide more information about obtaining temporary tags:

Used-car dealers:

  • Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association (GIADA)
  • 6903 Oak Ridge Commerce Way SW
  • Austell, GA 30168
  • (770)745-9650
  • Toll free: (800) 472-8101
  • Fax: (770) 745-9655

New-car dealers:

  • Georgia Automobile Dealers Association (GADA)
  • 2060 Powers Ferry Road SE
  • Atlanta, GA 30339
  • (770) 432-1658
  • Fax: (770) 432-9100

The tags must meet certain criteria. They must:

  • Be the same size as state-issued license plates.
  • Be made of heavy stock paper.
  • Contain a holographic feature that will be destroyed if tampered with.
  • Repel regular inks and marking pens.
  • Reflect your dealership's name and address (optional).

A detailed list of temporary tag requirements is available online.

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