The purchaser of a motor vehicle from an estate must apply for a Georgia Certificate of Title in his/her name within thirty (30) days of the purchase of the vehicle. Failure to do so will result in a $10 title penalty fee being assessed.
Note: A title penalty fee for failure to apply for a title within thirty (30) days does not apply to the inheritor making application for title.
Types of Inheritance Documents
Form T-20, Affidavit of Inheritance – This form can be used to transfer ownership to the inheritor when the deceased left no Will or left a Will that is not to be probated because it contains only limited assets. If the will is not to be probated because it contains only limited assets, a copy of the non-probated Will must accompany this form. A certified copy of the deceased’s death certificate must also accompany this completed and signed form. If there is only one heir, a certified copy of “No Administration Necessary” may be submitted in lieu of the Affidavit of Inheritance (T-20) Form.
Letters of Testamentary/Administration.
Years Support – Document awarding a widow/widower support and authorization to title a motor vehicle in his/her name.
Probated Last Will and Testament
Letter from the City or County Clerk’s Office
A letter from the City or County Clerk’s Office is always required when the vehicle is titled in the name of a company and the sole owner of the company is deceased. This signed letter must state that “said” individual, as shown on the death certificate was the sole owner of the company.