Georgia Salvage Titles

An auto involved in an accident in the state of Georgia becomes a salvage vehicle if your insurance company deems it a total loss. If the vehicle is restored, you as the owner, have to acquire a salvage title from a Georgia Department of Revenue - Motor Vehicles Division (MVDO) office.

Until a Georgia salvage title is issued:

  • You can't have a valid plate on the car
  • You are not allowed to drive the vehicle on roadways of any type
  • You have to have the vehicle pass inspection
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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DDS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DDS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DDS.

3: Via a DDS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DDS office. Varying DDS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DDS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DDS allows you to make a personal appointment.

Applying for a Georgia Salvage Title

To apply for a salvage car title in Georgia, you'll need to go to your local GA MVDO office location if you plan on selling the vehicle. Before you can apply for a GA Salvage Vehicle Title, you'll have to request a car inspection, to access the form click here. Once it passes inspection, you will bring that paperwork along with your GA Salvage Title application and Vehicle Plate Surrender form. You'll also have to have with you the vehicle's original certificate of title, the manufacturer's certificate of origin or out-of-state title, bill of sale, and also have your driver's license handy.

GA Salvage Title Application/Form

To begin the process of filling out your Georgia salvage title application, click here. Please bring the completed form to your local MVDO office for filing.

Georgia Salvage Rebuilt Titles

In the state of Georgia, only a licensed rebuilder can obtain a salvage vehicle. In other words, don't waste your time, money and efforts on fixing up the vehicle if you are not licensed. If you are a licensed rebuilder, then along with the appropriate paperwork you'll be able to apply for a title that will reflect: brand changed from salvage to rebuilt.

Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Georgia

An abandoned vehicle title in Georgia can be claimed by anyone, as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. To claim an abandoned vehicle, and title it in Georgia you'll have to first report the abandoned vehicle to local Georgia law authorities, then fill out an abandoned vehicle report. Your next step it to publish a notice in the newspaper that you found an abandoned vehicle, and its location (make sure to ask for a publication certificate). This is done to give the prior owner a chance to claim the vehicle. Next fill out the GA Application for Title and/or Registration form and mail it, along with the publication certificate, and the appropriate fees. You will receive a new title and registration from the MVDO through the mail.



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