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Georgia Title Information

Out-of-State Residents

Georgia does not issue titles to out-of-state residents. The only exceptions are cases of inheritance or repossession where there is a Georgia title on record and the current owner must secure a title in this state before obtaining a title in his/her home state.

When the original title has been lost, stolen or mutilated, the record title holder, who has moved out-of-state, may apply for a replacement title showing his/her out-of-state address.

Out-of-state companies may obtain a title in their name showing their out-of-state address when the vehicle is located in this state; however, the county in Georgia where the vehicle is based in Georgia must be shown on the application.

Military personnel who are legal residents of Georgia may secure a Georgia title in his/her name reflecting an out-of-state address. It will be necessary for them to indicate on the title application that Georgia is their state of residence and show the name of the county in Georgia where they are a legal resident.

A non-resident student who is a resident of any state or Canadian province is exempt from the requirement of registering/titling his/her motor vehicle in Georgia provided the valid out-of-state/country license plate issued for the vehicle is properly affixed to the vehicle while the vehicle is being operated in Georgia.

 

Full Legal Name – Georgia I.D. Card or Driver’s License Number/State of Issue

Georgia law requires the full legal name(s), Georgia identification card number(s) or driver’s license number(s) and the name(s) of the issuing state/country be shown on the application for the first title issued in the vehicle owner(s) name(s). The intent of the law is to ensure that titles are issued in the full, legal name(s) (first name, middle name and last name, including suffix, or complete business or corporate name) of the vehicle owner(s).

Applicant Has Been a Resident of Georgia for Less Than 30 Days

The full legal name is required on the title application. The full legal name is the complete name recorded on the Georgia driver’s license, Georgia identification card or out-of-state/country driver’s license.

The Georgia identification card number or driver’s license number and the name of the issuing state/country are required on the application. Since the applicant has been a resident for less than thirty (30) days, the driver’s license number recorded on the application may be from the out-of-state/country or Georgia. A copy of the out-of-state/country driver’s license must be submitted with the title application. A copy of the Georgia I.D. card or driver’s license should also be submitted.

Applicant Has Been a Resident of Georgia for Less Than 30 Days

The applicant is required to provide proof of Georgia residency when presenting an out-of-state/country driver’s license such as:

  • Utility or cell phone bill
  • Lease agreement
  • Employment verification
  • Bank statement

Applicant Has Been a Resident of Georgia for More Than 30 Days & Is Ineligible for a Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia Identification Card

When an applicant is required by law to tag and title a vehicle in Georgia by virtue of the fact that the applicant lives in Georgia and has owned and operated a vehicle in Georgia for thirty (30) days or more but is not eligible for a Georgia driver’s license or a Georgia identification card, the following is required:

  • Full, legal name
  • Driver’s license number, name of issuing state/country and a copy of his/her driver’s license
  • Proof of residency

The vehicle owner(s) full legal name(s) are required on the title application. The full legal name is the complete name recorded on the out-of-state/country driver’s license.

The out-of-state/country driver’s license number is required on the title application. The office cannot mandate that the applicant provide a Georgia driver’s license or Georgia I.D. card when they are a resident of this state and not eligible for a Georgia driver’s license or Georgia I.D. card. The legal requirements for persons eligible for a Georgia driver’s license and I.D. cards are found in §40-5-1(15) (B) of the O.C.G.A., as amended.

The applicant is required to provide proof of Georgia residency when presenting an out-of-state/country driver’s license such as:

  • Utility or cell phone bill
  • Lease agreement
  • Employment verification
  • Bank statement

Applicant is a College Student; Active Duty Service Member or Does Not Operate a Motor Vehicle That They Own

A Georgia driver’s license is not required if the applicant is stationed in Georgia as an active duty service member, a college student or a vehicle owner that does not operate the vehicle that will be titled and registered.

The college student or active duty service member must provide a copy of the out-of-state/country driver’s license. The full legal name is required on the title application. The full legal name is the complete name recorded on the out-of-state/country driver’s license. The out-of-state/country driver’s license number and the name of the issuing state/country are required on the application. A copy of the out-of-state/country driver’s license must be submitted with the title application.

The applicant is required to provide proof of Georgia residency when presenting an out-of-state/country driver’s license such as:

  • Utility or cell phone bill
  • Lease agreement
  • Employment verification
  • Bank statement

The owner of a motor vehicle that will be operated in Georgia, however, the vehicle owner will not operate the vehicle, must provide proof of legal name such as:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage license
  • Divorce decree

Applicant Has Been a Resident of Georgia For More Than 30 Days & Is Eligible For a Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia I.D. Card

The full legal name is required on the title application. The full legal name is the complete name recorded on the Georgia driver’s license or Georgia I.D. card.

The Georgia driver’s license or Georgia Identification cards number is required on the title application. A title application may be rejected for a copy of the applicant’s Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card.

Title Application is in More Than 1 Owner’s Name and One of the Owners is an Out-of-State/Country Resident

There are situations in which a vehicle is co-owned and one owner is not a Georgia resident; however, the other owner of the vehicle is a resident of Georgia and operates the vehicle in Georgia. The Motor Vehicle Office will accept the out-of-state driver’s license for the owner who is not a Georgia resident.

There are situations in which a vehicle is co-owned and one owner is not a Georgia resident; however, the other owner of the vehicle is a resident of Georgia and operates the vehicle in Georgia. The Motor Vehicle Office will accept the out-of-state driver’s license for the owner who is not a Georgia resident.

The full legal names of both owners are required on the title application. The full legal name is the complete name recorded on his/her valid driver’s license or Georgia identification card.

The out-of-state/country driver’s license number for the person who is not a resident and the Georgia driver’s license number for the individual who is a resident are required on the title application. If the Georgia resident has been in Georgia for less than thirty (30) days, the out-of-state/country driver’s license number is acceptable as long as the application reflects a Georgia address.

The Georgia resident, owner is required to provide proof of residency when presenting an out-of-state/country driver’s license. Acceptable proof that may be provides includes:

  • Utility or cell phone bill
  • Lease agreement
  • Employment verification
  • Bank statement

There may be exceptions made or additional proofs of residency required.

Summary of Exemptions to Providing a Georgia Driver’s License or I.D. Card

The Georgia driver’s license number or Georgia identification card number is not required on applications for certificates of title as follows:

  • Applications for a certificate of title other than the first Georgia title issued in the same owner’s name for the same vehicle.
  • Applications for a lost or stolen Georgia title made by vehicle owners that are no longer residents of Georgia.
  • Applications for certificates of title completed in the name of a corporation, business, or trust.
  • Applications for a certificate of title in the name of an owner, who is not a Georgia resident and who has inherited a motor vehicle from a deceased Georgia vehicle owner.
  • Non-resident, active duty service personnel stationed in Georgia as long as the non-resident maintains a valid registration and title to their motor vehicle in their state of residence.
  • The motor vehicle owner recorded on an application for title that has not been a resident of this state for thirty (30) days.

 

Signature Requirements

Signature on MV-1 Title Application When Vehicle is Owned by a Company and Individual

Only one (1) signature is required when the vehicle will be titled in a company’s name and in the name of an individual. For example, if an application has Mighty Mack, Inc. and James Mack as the vehicle owner and James Mack signs the application, no other signature is required.

However, if someone signs other than the individual named as the vehicle’s co-owner, the signature of the individual and a power of attorney authorizing that individual to sign the application is required. For example, if an application has Mighty Mack, Inc. and James Mack as the vehicle owners and the title application is signed by Mary Smith, a signed and notarized power of attorney from James Mack authorizing Mary Smith to sign the application is required.

Signatures in the Title Assignment When a Title is Issued to a Company and Individual

The individual whose name appears on the front of the title is required to sign his/her name in the title assignment transferring vehicle ownership to another person or company. For example, if a vehicle is titled in the name of Mighty Mack, Inc. and James Mack, then James Mack must sign the title assignment as the seller.

However, if someone other than the individual on the front of the title signs as seller, a power of attorney authorizing that individual to sign the title assignment is required. For example, if a title was issued in the names of Mighty Mack, Inc. and James Mack and Mary Smith has signed as the sellers of the vehicle, a signed and notarized power of attorney from James Mack authorizing Mary Smith to sign as seller is required.

Signature in the Title Assignment When Mileage Must Be Declared and Acknowledged by an Individual Who is the Sole Owner of a Company

An affidavit is required if:

  1. A title is issued in the name of a company;
  2. There is only one owner of the company;
  3. The title will be assigned to the sole owner of the company; and
  4. The mileage must be declared by the seller and acknowledged by the buyer.

With an affidavit, it is acceptable for the sole owner to sign as both the seller and buyer when assigning the title from the company’s name to his/her individual name. It is also acceptable, with an affidavit, for the sole owner to sign as both seller and buyer when assigning the title from the sole owner’s name to the company’s name. The affidavit must be signed by the owner, the owner’s signature must be notarized and the affidavit must state that the owner is the sole owner of the company. In addition to signing, the notary public must affix his/her notary seal or stamp and record the date his/her notary commission expires.

Signatures of Agents or Representatives of a Company

A power of attorney is not required when an individual is signing as an agent or representative of a company. The position or job title of the individual with the company should be shown after his/her signature; however, the title application and supporting documents will be accepted if the person’s position or job title is not shown.

Signatures are not usually questioned, unless a signature is clearly the signature of an individual not authorized or shown in the supporting documents and a power of attorney is not submitted.

“X” as a Signature

A person can use an “X” as a signature. If an “X” is used as a signature, two (2) other individuals must sign any title application, title assignment or other required document as witnesses.

 

Powers of Attorney

Limited Power of Attorney

The Federal Truth in Mileage Act restricts the use of a limited power of attorney (Form T-8) between the seller and the buyer when making the odometer declaration and the acknowledgement of the declaration. The person signing as the seller and declaring the odometer reading cannot use a limited power of attorney to sign (in the same assignment) for the purchaser acknowledging the odometer reading. If a vehicle is transferred from the vehicle owner’s name to the vehicle owner’s company name for from the vehicle owner’s company name to the vehicle owner’s name, the owner may sign as both the seller and the buyer as long as an affidavit affirming the person as the sole owner of the company.

Secure Power of Attorney

The secure power of attorney (Form T-8S) is designed for use by dealerships to allow them to accept vehicles that have been traded-in and to sell those vehicles when the title is not available at the time of transfer because it is lost or being held by a lien or security interest holder.

Part A / Power of Attorney to Disclose Mileage

Part A of the secure power of attorney (Form T-8S) is designed for the current owner to appoint the dealership as their attorney-in-fact to sign all documents required to secure a title and to disclose the mileage on the title when it becomes available. Part A must reflect the current odometer reading, name and address of the current owner, and the name of the dealership. Part A must be signed by both the current owner and a representative of the dealership. The signatures must be notarized. In addition to signing, the notary public must affix his/her notary seal or stamp and record the date his/her notary commission expires.

Part B / Power of Attorney to Review Title Documents & Acknowledge Disclosure

Part B is invalid unless Part A is completed; however, Part B does not always have to be completed, since it is possible for the title to be available at the time of transfer to a new owner. Part B has to be completed in the same manner as Part A. In Part B the current owner will always be the dealership shown in Part A. The representative signing for the dealership in Part A does not have to be the same representative signing in Part B.

Part C / Certification (To Be Completed Only After Parts A and/or B Have Been Completed)

The dealership’s representative shown in Part C will be the individual required to complete all title assignments on behalf of the dealership, the seller and the purchaser, if applicable. The dealership’s representative shown in Part C does not have to be the same individual shown in Part A or Part B. Parts A and B of this form are for odometer disclosure. The actual appointment of an attorney-in-fact is made in Part C. The person named as attorney-in-fact in Part C is the only person authorized to complete the assignment(s) on the title. The secure power of attorney is a multi-part form. The original green copy must accompany the title, application and fees. The yellow copy is designed to make application for a replacement title. Only Part A is required to be completed to apply for a replacement title.

Note: When a vehicle is purchased from a leasing company, a secure power of attorney (Form T-8S) may be used. There are times when a secure power of attorney form is acceptable if used as a power of attorney form and not in conjunction with the Federal Truth and Mileage Act. For example, the secure power of attorney form is used to appoint someone to sign for the owner on the application.