Georgia Car Title Transfer and Registration

Vehicle registration must be completed with the Georgia Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) in order to legally drive on GA roadways. So what do you need to take with you to complete your transaction the first time? It depends on how you own your automobile (leasing, making payments, or owner with title) and how you want to register (single, joint, business or transfer to family member) your automobile.

You will have 30 days from the date you become a resident to register your vehicle with the Georgia Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).  However, before you can complete your motor vehicle registration, you must:

  • Purchase auto insurance that meets GA state standards.
  • Get a Georgia driver’s license.
  • Complete a vehicle inspection, if required.

You must apply to title your vehicle when you register it as well, which means you’ll need to bring your proof of ownership, such as:

  • Your out-of-state title or lienholder information, if your title has a lien.
  • Your current registration certification, if your previous state did not provide titles.
    • Additionally, if your previous state/country did not provide titles, you must also provide a Certificate of Inspection (form T-22B) completed by a law enforcement officer or County Tag agent.

Vehicle Registration & Title Transfer Process

Once you’re ready to complete your motor vehicle registration, you must go to your County Tag Office and present the following:

  • A completed Tag/Title Application (Form MV-1).
  • Your proof of insurance.
  • Your GA driver’s license or state ID card.
  • Proof of your Georgia residency, such as:
    • Lease or closing statement for your new residence.
    • Utility bill.
    • Shipper’s bill or truck rental agreement.
  • Proof of vehicle ownership (e.g. out-of-state title, registration certificate, lienholder information).
  • Proof of a vehicle inspection, if required.
  • Payment for all required vehicle registration, title, and tax fees.

Your motor vehicle registration will be valid for one year.

To be sure you have everything you need before getting in line at the Georgia Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), visit, answer 3 to 5 questions to generate a checklist of what is needed. Military personnel often get tax breaks in many states, your checklist will indicate if this is the case.