What is needed to obtain a Georgia title and/or license plate for an abandoned motor vehicle?
 
Vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013 and titled in this state will be exempt from sales and use tax and the annual ad valorem tax. Instead, these vehicles will be subject to a new, one-time title ad valorem tax that is based on the value of the vehicle.

More information on the Title Ad Valorem Tax fee is available at www.newtitletax.com
 
The abandoned motor vehicle law requires an abandoned vehicle to be sold at a "public sale" . A certificate of title cannot be obtained for an abandoned vehicle on the basis of a surety bond, nor can a title be issued when a vehicle that is not required to be titled in Georgia (1985 or older year models).
 
1) A completed and signed  Form MV-1 Title/Tag Application.
 
2) A certified copy of the Court Order authorizing the sale of this vehicle. Certified copies of court documents must contain the Clerk of the Court's signature and his or her seal or stamp.
 
3) A completed and signed  Form T-7 Bill of Sale from the person authorized by the Court to sell this vehicle conveying ownership to the applicant(s) using the applicant(s)' full legal name(s).
 
4) A completed and signed  Form T-22B Certification of Inspection.
Important:  Incomplete forms or forms containing alterations will not be accepted!
 
5) A copy of the newspaper advertisement or advertisement posted at the county courthouse must be submitted when the person authorized by the Court to sell the vehicle and the purchaser are the same person.
 
6) A signed and notarized affidavit must be submitted stating a public sale was held and the purchaser made the highest bid when the person authorized to sell the vehicle and the purchaser are the same person.
 
7) $18.00 title fee.
 
Definition: "Public sale"  means a sale held at a place reasonably available to persons who might desire to attend and submit bids; and, at which those attending shall be given the opportunity to bid on a competitive basis; and at which the sale, if made, shall be made to the highest bidder; and except as otherwise provided in this title for advertising or dispensing with the advertising of public sales, of which notice is given by advertisement once a week for two (2) weeks in the newspaper in which the sheriff’s advertisements are published in the county where the sale is to be held, and which notice shall state the day and hour, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and the place of sale and shall briefly identify the goods to be sold.