Certficate of Title
The certificate of title is an important legal document that conveys ownership of a motor vehicle and also serves to protect the interest of lienholders. Most vehicles model year 1986 and newer must be titled in Georgia. When a title is required (see later discussion of cases when a title is not required) a vehicle cannot be registered (tagged) until a title application has been processed. In most cases, titling is the first for the new resident or for a new owner.Georgia law requires you to register your vehicle within 30 days of purchase date or date you moved to Georgia, so you need to apply for a Georgia title in time to meet that deadline.
Certificates of Title are issued by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safetly (DMVS). The Tax Commissioner is an agent of the DMVS Commissioner for the purpose of accepting title applications from Habersham County residents.
Although it takes about two weeks to receive a title after application is submitted to the state, you can tag a vehicle after you apply for a title; it is not necessary to wait until the title document is received.
The following vehicles do not require a title in Georgia:
The Tag Offices will assist you in making sure the legal document is properly and accurately filled out. Be careful and follow instructions. Do not make any marks on the face of the title. On the reverse, the seller(s) should sign the name(s) shown on the face. The buyer should sign in the same way the new title is to be issued, which should agree with the name on the driver's license. Beware that the mileage figure cannot be altered. Do not include tenths, only whole miles. Everything else can be handled at the Tag Office by the buyer.
What to bring to apply for a title in your name:
If you purchase from an automobile dealer, the dealer will apply for a Georgia title in your name. He will give you a receipt showing that the $18 title fee has been paid. Registration (tagging) is the next step. Either you or your dealer must come in to register your new car. Don't assume the paperwork is done just because the dealer puts your old tag on the new car. Ask about the title and the registration. If taxes are not due the dealer may transfer your tag for which there is a fee of $5. Be sure this is handled properly.