Title Certificate: Completing the Title Certificate / Lost Title Certificate
Complete and sign the reverse side of the automobile title certificate as executor of the estate (sign listing your title, e.g. "Joe Blow, Executor"). In the alternative, if the title certificate is lost or damaged, obtain a replacement title certificate by completing DMV Form MV-1 available at "http://motor.etax.dor.ga.gov/motor/titles"
Attach the letters testamentary to the title certificate. This evidences the "seller"/transferor's authority to transfer the vehicle from the estate.
Auto Loans/ Liens against the vehicle
If a lien exists against the vehicle, the executor should work with the lender/lienholder to either satisfy the loan or attempt to assign/transfer the loan obligation to the estate beneficiary/heir. If the lien has been satisfied but has not been removed from the title, the Executor should request that the lienholder complete form T-4. The lienholder should have a copy of this form, or the form may be obtained online at "http://motor.etax.dor.ga.gov/forms/pdf/motor/t-4.pdf"
Names: Verify that the name on the letters testamentary and the title certificate match
If the name on the title certificate is not exactly the same as the name shown on the Letters Testamentary, the Executor should submit an Affidavit that "[name on title]" and "[name on Letters Testamentary"] are the same person.
Fees: Pay the fee
The cost for the transfer of title certificate is $18.00. The motor vehicle authority imposes a penalty (i.e. a higher fee) if the documentation of the transfer is not completed within ninety (90) days of the transfer.
Department of Motor Vehicles: Additional Information
The Georgia Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division ("DOR MV division") is responsible for issuing title certificates. The items listed above should be taken to the DOR MV division along with proof of insurance. The DOR MV division will assist you in completing the appropriate MV form. The DOR MV divisions physical address is DOR/ Motor Vehicle Division, 1200 Tradeport Blvd., Hapeville, GA 30354. Directions and additional instructions are available at "http://motor.etax.dor.ga.gov/motor/dealers/directions.asp"
The DOR MV website directs that inquiries and requests made by mail be sent to "Attention: Research Unit, DOR/Motor Vehicle Division, PO Box 740381, Atlanta, GA 30374-0381." However, it has been our experience that it is best to perform this in person if possible.
Appointing someone else to visit the DMV
If the transferor/Executor is unable to visit the DOR MV division, he/she may appoint another person to act on his/her behalf by completing an original, properly completed, signed and signature notarized power of attorney, Form T-8, naming such person as the transferor's attorney-in-fact. A notary public must sign, affix his/her notary seal or stamp and record the date his/her notary commission expires to the Form T-8. The attorney-in-fact's full legal name is required on the power of attorney form. A natural person's full legal name is his/her complete name as it appears on his/her valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card. The attorney-in-fact must show his/her valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card.
The transferee/heir/beneficiary may need to obtain a new license plate as the tag/license plate will not transfer with the vehicle in all instances.