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Titling an Inherited Vehicle

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Non-Probated Will

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions. Click here for more information on title tax.

If the vehicle has a Georgia title and the inheritor is not a Georgia resident, the inheritor must apply for a title in his 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.

You can change the name on a title due to inheriting a vehicle when the deceased vehicle owner(s) had a will that will not be probated by following the inheritance procedure below.

Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to process a name change due to inheritance when there is a non-probated will. Other documentation may be required upon review of paperwork at the tag office.  

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 and must be submitted:

  • 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 – If the vehicle is titled in another state, 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. 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 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 (Form MV-1)
    • 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 with all inheritors’ signatures.
  • A Certified Copy of the Death Certificate
    • A certified copy of the death certificate must be submitted for the deceased owner(s).
  • A Certified Copy of the Non-Probated Will
    • A certified copy of the non-probated will must be submitted for the deceased owner(s).
  • Affidavit of Inheritance (Form T-20
    • The form must be completed in the inheritor’s name(s).
    • The inheritor(s) of the vehicle must sign the form and the form must be notarized.
    • If all inheritors are present at the tag office with a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card, the form can be signed by the inheritors 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 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 (Form T-4) 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 Georgia IDCard is required.
  • An $18 fee is required for the name change on the title.

Georgia sales tax must be paid if the vehicle was purchased from an out-of-state dealer or business. (A bill of sale will be required on the vehicle to calculate the amount of Georgia sales tax due.)

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 will be required to be paid, if applicable.

If you are a Gwinnett resident and would like to request a name change on a title, visit any Gwinnett County Tag Office

For more information on obtaining a Georgia DL or Georgia ID card, visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services at www.dds.ga.gov.

Updated 10/2/2013

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions. Click here for more information on title tax.

If the vehicle has a Georgia title and the inheritor is not a Georgia resident, the inheritor must apply for a title in his 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.

You can change the name on a title due to inheriting a vehicle when the deceased vehicle owner(s) had a will that will not be probated by following the inheritance procedure below.

Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to process a name change due to inheritance when there is a non-probated will. Other documentation may be required upon review of paperwork at the tag office.  

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 and must be submitted:

  • 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 – If the vehicle is titled in another state, 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. 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 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 (Form MV-1)
    • 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 with all inheritors’ signatures.
  • A Certified Copy of the Death Certificate
    • A certified copy of the death certificate must be submitted for the deceased owner(s).
  • A Certified Copy of the Non-Probated Will
    • A certified copy of the non-probated will must be submitted for the deceased owner(s).
  • Affidavit of Inheritance (Form T-20
    • The form must be completed in the inheritor’s name(s).
    • The inheritor(s) of the vehicle must sign the form and the form must be notarized.
    • If all inheritors are present at the tag office with a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card, the form can be signed by the inheritors 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 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 (Form T-4) 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 Georgia IDCard is required.
  • An $18 fee is required for the name change on the title.

Georgia sales tax must be paid if the vehicle was purchased from an out-of-state dealer or business. (A bill of sale will be required on the vehicle to calculate the amount of Georgia sales tax due.)

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 will be required to be paid, if applicable.

If you are a Gwinnett resident and would like to request a name change on a title, visit any Gwinnett County Tag Office

For more information on obtaining a Georgia DL or Georgia ID card, visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services at www.dds.ga.gov.

Updated 10/2/2013

Probated Will

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions.  Click here for more information on title tax.

If the executor/executrix appointed by the court on the Letters of Testamentary at the time the will was probated is not a resident of Georgia, the executor/executrix must apply for a title in his/her state of residency in his/her name 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/executrix on the Letter of Testamentary.  If there is more than one executor/executrix named, one of the executors/executrixes can title the vehicle without requiring the signature(s) of all named executors/executrixes.

Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to process a name change due to inheritance when there is a probated will.  Other documentation may be required upon review of paperwork at the Tag Office.  

If you are a resident of Gwinnett County and need to apply for a Georgia title on a vehicle that you are inheriting and the will has been probated and you have been named the executor/executrix of the estate, the following documents must be submitted:  

  • 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/executrix’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 (Form MV-1, click here)
    • The executor/executrix of the vehicle must sign the MV-1 title application.
    • If the executor/executrix 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 with the executor’s/executrix’s signatures.
       
  • Letter of Testamentary, Permanent Letter of Administration or Year’s Support
    • The Letter of Testamentary or the Permanent Letter of Administration issued by the court, listing the name of the executor/executrix must be submitted.
    • If  the Year’s Support paperwork issued by the court is submitted, the person granted the Year’s Support must title the vehicle in his/her 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 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 (Form T-4, click here) 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 Driver’s License or Georgia Identification Card of the Current Titled Owner(s)
    • The executor/executrix must present a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card.
    • If the executor/executrix is not able to visit the Tag Office, a legible photocopy of the Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card is required.

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions.  Click here for more information on title tax. 

  • An $18 fee is required for the name change on the title.

    Georgia sales tax must be paid on trailers requiring titles if the trailer was purchased from an out-of-state dealer or business. (A bill of sale will be required on the trailer to calculate the amount of Georgia sales tax due.)

    If a Georgia license plate must be issued, a Georgia emissions test, Georgia insurance and a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card is required.  Proof of Residency is required if the Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card does not have a current Gwinnett County address.  Ad valorem tax and tag registration fees will be required to be paid if applicable.
     
    If you are a Gwinnett County resident and you would like to request a name change on a title, visit any of the five Gwinnett County Tag Offices.  Click here for locations.

    For more information on obtaining a Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card, visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services at www.dds.ga.gov.

 Updated 2/27/2013

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions.  Click here for more information on title tax.

If the executor/executrix appointed by the court on the Letters of Testamentary at the time the will was probated is not a resident of Georgia, the executor/executrix must apply for a title in his/her state of residency in his/her name 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/executrix on the Letter of Testamentary.  If there is more than one executor/executrix named, one of the executors/executrixes can title the vehicle without requiring the signature(s) of all named executors/executrixes.

Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to process a name change due to inheritance when there is a probated will.  Other documentation may be required upon review of paperwork at the Tag Office.  

If you are a resident of Gwinnett County and need to apply for a Georgia title on a vehicle that you are inheriting and the will has been probated and you have been named the executor/executrix of the estate, the following documents must be submitted:  

  • 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/executrix’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 (Form MV-1, click here)
    • The executor/executrix of the vehicle must sign the MV-1 title application.
    • If the executor/executrix 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 with the executor’s/executrix’s signatures.
       
  • Letter of Testamentary, Permanent Letter of Administration or Year’s Support
    • The Letter of Testamentary or the Permanent Letter of Administration issued by the court, listing the name of the executor/executrix must be submitted.
    • If  the Year’s Support paperwork issued by the court is submitted, the person granted the Year’s Support must title the vehicle in his/her 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 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 (Form T-4, click here) 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 Driver’s License or Georgia Identification Card of the Current Titled Owner(s)
    • The executor/executrix must present a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card.
    • If the executor/executrix is not able to visit the Tag Office, a legible photocopy of the Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card is required.

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions.  Click here for more information on title tax. 

  • An $18 fee is required for the name change on the title.

    Georgia sales tax must be paid on trailers requiring titles if the trailer was purchased from an out-of-state dealer or business. (A bill of sale will be required on the trailer to calculate the amount of Georgia sales tax due.)

    If a Georgia license plate must be issued, a Georgia emissions test, Georgia insurance and a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card is required.  Proof of Residency is required if the Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card does not have a current Gwinnett County address.  Ad valorem tax and tag registration fees will be required to be paid if applicable.
     
    If you are a Gwinnett County resident and you would like to request a name change on a title, visit any of the five Gwinnett County Tag Offices.  Click here for locations.

    For more information on obtaining a Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card, visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services at www.dds.ga.gov.

 Updated 2/27/2013

No Will

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions.  Click here for more information on title tax.

If the vehicle has a Georgia title and the inheritor is not a Georgia resident, the inheritor must apply for a title in his/her 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 of the estate to title the vehicle in their name in their state of residency prior to the Georgia resident inheriting the vehicle.

You can change the name on a title due to inheriting a vehicle when the deceased vehicle owner(s) did not have a will by following the inheritance procedure below.

Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to process a name change due to inheritance when there is no will.  Other documentation may be required upon review of paperwork at the Tag Office. 

If you are a resident of Gwinnett County 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 and must be submitted:

  • 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 – If the vehicle is titled in another state, 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 (Form MV-1, click here)
    • All inheritors of the vehicle must sign the MV-1 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 with all inheritors’ signatures.
  • A Certified Copy of the Death Certificate
    • A certified copy of the death certificate must be submitted for the deceased owner(s).
  • Affidavit of Inheritance(Form T-20, click here)
    • The form must be completed in the inheritor’s name(s).
    • The inheritor(s) of the vehicle must sign the form and the form must be notarized.
    • If all inheritors are present at the Tag Office with a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card, the form can be signed by the inheritors 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 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 (Form T-4, click here) 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 Driver’s License or Georgia Identification Card of the Current Titled Owner(s)
    • All inheritors must present a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card.
    • If any inheritor is not able to visit the Tag Office, a legible photocopy of the Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card is required.

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions.  Click here for more information on title tax.

  • An $18 fee is required for the name change on the title.

Georgia sales tax must be paid on trailers requiring titles if the trailer was purchased from an out-of-state dealer or business. (A bill of sale will be required on the trailer to calculate the amount of Georgia sales tax due.)

If a Georgia license plate must be issued, a Georgia emissions test, Georgia insurance and a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card is required.  Proof of residency is required if the Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card does not have a current Gwinnett County address.  Ad valorem tax and tag registration fees must be paid if applicable.

If you are a Gwinnett County resident and you would like to request a name change on a title, visit any of the five Gwinnett County Tag Offices. 

Click here for locations.

 

For more information on obtaining a Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card, visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services at www.dds.ga.gov.

 Updated 2/27/2013

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions.  Click here for more information on title tax.

If the vehicle has a Georgia title and the inheritor is not a Georgia resident, the inheritor must apply for a title in his/her 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 of the estate to title the vehicle in their name in their state of residency prior to the Georgia resident inheriting the vehicle.

You can change the name on a title due to inheriting a vehicle when the deceased vehicle owner(s) did not have a will by following the inheritance procedure below.

Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to process a name change due to inheritance when there is no will.  Other documentation may be required upon review of paperwork at the Tag Office. 

If you are a resident of Gwinnett County 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 and must be submitted:

  • 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 – If the vehicle is titled in another state, 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 (Form MV-1, click here)
    • All inheritors of the vehicle must sign the MV-1 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 with all inheritors’ signatures.
  • A Certified Copy of the Death Certificate
    • A certified copy of the death certificate must be submitted for the deceased owner(s).
  • Affidavit of Inheritance(Form T-20, click here)
    • The form must be completed in the inheritor’s name(s).
    • The inheritor(s) of the vehicle must sign the form and the form must be notarized.
    • If all inheritors are present at the Tag Office with a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card, the form can be signed by the inheritors 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 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 (Form T-4, click here) 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 Driver’s License or Georgia Identification Card of the Current Titled Owner(s)
    • All inheritors must present a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card.
    • If any inheritor is not able to visit the Tag Office, a legible photocopy of the Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification Card is required.

Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions.  Click here for more information on title tax.

  • An $18 fee is required for the name change on the title.

Georgia sales tax must be paid on trailers requiring titles if the trailer was purchased from an out-of-state dealer or business. (A bill of sale will be required on the trailer to calculate the amount of Georgia sales tax due.)

If a Georgia license plate must be issued, a Georgia emissions test, Georgia insurance and a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card is required.  Proof of residency is required if the Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card does not have a current Gwinnett County address.  Ad valorem tax and tag registration fees must be paid if applicable.

If you are a Gwinnett County resident and you would like to request a name change on a title, visit any of the five Gwinnett County Tag Offices. 

Click here for locations.

 

For more information on obtaining a Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card, visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services at www.dds.ga.gov.

 Updated 2/27/2013