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How to Sell a Car in Georgia


Whether you live in the Coastal Plain, Piedmont or Blue Ridge region of Georgia, if you are thinking about privately selling your used car or truck, you’ve come to the right place. With an estimated 3 million registered trucks and cars in the state of Georgia, it is no wonder that thousands of private car owners from the Peach state have used Autotrader to sell their car. We’ve outlined the 5 steps required to sell a car in the state of Georgia so you can sell your car quickly for the most cash.

It is important to remember that in Georgia, it is illegal for private citizens to sell multiple cars or vehicles other than those titled in their name. As recently as 2013, 60 percent of car sales in Georgia occurred between private parties. This is why hundreds of thousands of private vehicle owners from Georgia have used Autotrader to sell their car. Georgia considers the vehicle title a legal document, so the legal names (no nicknames) of both parties involved should be used, along with legible handwriting using black or blue ink. Mistakes, errors and the use of white out may void the document so be careful and take your time filling it out.


Step 1: Organize and gather all related vehicle documentation
Step 2: Transfer the title
Step 3: Cancel the vehicle’s registration
Step 4: Cancel your vehicle’s insurance
Step 5: Complete a Bill of Sale



Step 1: Organize and gather all related vehicle documentation

Find all maintenance records, owner’s manual and other paperwork related to the vehicle. This needs to include a current and valid Georgia Vehicle Emissions Inspection Report (VIR) if the buyer is going to register the vehicle in one of 13 metro Atlanta counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding or Rockdale. Georgia law requires all private sellers of gasoline-powered cars and light-duty trucks within these counties to sell a vehicle with a current, valid passing emissions report provided by Georgia’s Clean Air Force. Diesel or alternative fuel vehicles and vehicles which are 25 model years old or older are exempt.

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Step 2: Transfer the title

On the back form of the original title, the purchaser needs to fill out his or her full legal name, current address and the date of the sale, including month, day and year, and confirm the vehicle’s odometer reading at the time of the sale. Remember, you absolutely cannot make alterations or corrections to the title document; otherwise, you’ll need to correct the title. Additionally, if the purchase date is changed or altered, a penalty fee will be assessed.

If the original title is lost or stolen, the seller will need to complete and sign a lost or stolen title application form MV-1 and pay the associated fees at his or her local county tag office prior to selling the car.

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Step 3: Cancel the vehicle’s registration

Sellers have two ways to cancel their vehicle’s registration:

  1. Online using the Georgia DRIVES e-Service or
  2. Complete and sign Form MV-18J Application for Voluntary Registration Cancellation

Both will require you to provide the vehicle’s license plate, vehicle identification number (VIN) and your Georgia driver’s license number, which is a nine digit number on your license preceded by the letters “DL NO.” Georgia recommends that vehicle owners voluntarily cancel their vehicle registration before canceling their insurance coverage to avoid any fines or penalties.

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Step 4: Cancel your vehicle’s insurance

Contact your vehicle’s insurance provider within the next 30 days and cancel the insurance coverage.

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Step 5: Complete a Bill of Sale

The Georgia Department of Revenue has provided Bill of Sale Form T-7 for use in all private party vehicle transactions. This form can be used as the official document to protect both parties in the case of miscommunication and must be signed by both the buyer and seller. While not legally required, it may be a good idea to have the Bill of Sale notarized.

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For more information, visit Georgia’s Department of Revenue.

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What are the steps to sell a car privately in Georgia?

These are the key steps to sell a car in Georgia:

  1. Organize and gather all vehicle documentation including a valid emissions report
  2. Transfer the title using the form on the back of the vehicle’s title
  3. The seller must cancel their vehicle registration
  4. The seller must then cancel their vehicle insurance
  5. The buyer and seller need to fill out and sign a Bill of Sale

Do I need to have a valid emissions report if a sell a car privately in Georgia?

Yes, but only if the buyer of the vehicle is planning on registering it within the 13 counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding or Rockdale. Diesel and alternative fuel vehicles and vehicles which are 25 model years old or older are exempt.

Do I remove my license plate when I sell a car in Georgia?

Yes. The seller must remove their license plates before the vehicle sale is completed but before your insurance is cancelled.

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