Paperwork When Selling a Car in Georgia
Paperwork Required to Sell a Car in Georgia
So, you've got a car you want to sell in Georgia. How exactly do you go about the process? We'll boil down some of the essentials right here!
Here we'll be focusing on the state regulations for selling a car in Georgia, but obviously there's a lot of groundwork to be laid before you actually transfer ownership. After you've assessed your vehicle's market value and condition, you'll decide how you want to go about advertising it to potential buyers. You've never had more options in terms of the channels you can use, from online marketplaces to time-tested classifieds.
If you'd like to review some basic tips for selling a car, browse through our helpful Guide to Selling Your Car.
Once you've identified a buyer, the official title transfer is a matter of paperwork. Once the required documents are complete, your car will have a new owner.
To successfully sell your car in Georgia, you and the buyer will need to sign off on several documents:
- The vehicle title, unless your car's exempt from holding a title. You can find out more about Georgia's title requirements at the state's Department of Revenue website.
- If your car doesn't need a title, you can provide its certificate of origin or the bill of sale (see below).
- A Georgia bill of sale. The Georgia Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicle Division provides a downloadable Bill of Sale (Form T-7) that you can use for this document, but you can also craft your own. If you do, remember to include the following information:
- The date of the transfer of ownership.
- The agreed-upon cost of the vehicle.
- Your name and address, as well as those of the buyer.
- Your car's year, make, model, vehicle identification number (VIN), and odometer reading (see below).
- A list of any liens presently on the car.
- A statement of the buyer's agreement to purchase.
Georgia's odometer disclosure requirements exempt certain vehicles from mileage declarations during a title transfer. For more information, see our Title Transfers in Georgia page.
If you're not presently in Georgia and are directing a member of your family to sell your car for you, you'll give them limited power of attorney so they can oversee the title transfer. The Georgia DOR's Motor Vehicle Division offers a Limited Power of Attorney/Motor Vehicle Transactions (Form T-8) at its website.
If your car title is damaged or missing, you can obtain a duplicate title by submitting the following paperwork to the Georgia DOR:
- The Motor Vehicle Title/Tag Application (Form MV-1).
- A Lien or Security Interest Release (Form T-4), if applicable.
- Your damaged title, if you have it.
- Payment for the $8 replacement title fee.
You can find out more about duplicate titles (including the protocol for cases where the original title was assigned to you rather than issued in your name) on our Replacing a Lost Title in Georgia page.
Applying for a title for a car that's been wrecked and rebuilt requires its own special process in Georgia. Along with the standard Motor Vehicle Title/Tag Application (Form MV-1), additional documentation such as the Request for Inspection of a Rebuilt Motor Vehicle (Form T-22R) and a Labor and Parts Certification (Form T-129) must be completed and submitted.
The savvy purchaser of a used car will obtain a vehicle history report to learn more about the car's background, including details on past accidents, damage, and theft.
You can also order your own vehicle history report in order to gain the trust of potential buyers and hopefully sell your car faster.
Bill of Sale (Form T-7)
Motor Vehicle Title/Tag Application (Form MV-1)
Lien or Security Interest Release (Form T-4)
Labor and Parts Certification(Form T-129)
Optional helpful links:
Complete as proof of purchase when selling a vehicle. This form or a comparable bill of sale is required.
Include this form when transferring the title of a rebuilt or restored vehicle.
Use this form when replacing or transferring the title of a vehicle with a lien.
This form allows someone else to act on your behalf to buy or sell a vehicle.
Complete this form to have a rebuilt vehicle inspected before it can be titled.
Use this form for most vehicle title & registration transactions, including original applications, renewals, replacements, and changes.