Tax Commissioner's Office | Cherokee County, GA - Where Metro Meets the Mountains

Title applications must be processed in the county where the owner resides.

A bill of sale is required for all title transfers.

 

  **An important note to remember when titling a vehicle - motor vehicles are covered under the privacy act in Georgia and no one but the registered owner can process transactions for the vehicle. If the vehicle is in a spouses name you will not be able to process transactions on that vehicle unless you have a limited Power of Attorney from them.***  

Click here for the Limited Power of Attorney.

 

Register a Recently-Purchased Vehicle from a Dealership

In most cases when you purchase a vehicle from a dealership, the dealer will submit the necessary documents to apply for your title. The title application must be processed prior to the registration being issued or at the same time the registration is issued.  The Dealership will provide you with a printed Temporary Operating Permit, that is valid for 45 days from purchase date.

After the title application has been processed the dealer will send you a copy of the title receipt and you will need to visit a Cherokee County Tag Office to register your vehicle.

If you have not received a copy of the title receipt and it has been at least 25 days since the date of your purchase, contact the dealer to determine the status of your title application.

Note:  Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to register a vehicle. Other documentation may be required upon review of the paperwork.

You will need to bring the following items when visiting one of our offices:

  • Valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card
  • Validated receipt that the Georgia title has been applied for
  • Current certificate of registration for tag transfer, if applicable
  • Valid Georgia Insurance
  • Current Georgia Emissions Certificate, if applicable
  • An original notarized power of attorney (Form T-8) from any owner who will not be present at the time of registration
  • If the vehicle is leased, you must provide the original lease agreement that includes the names and addresses of the leasing company and the lessee(s)

 

Register a Recently-Purchased Vehicle from an Individual or Business

 Payment of title tax is required on most title transactions. 

(Without a lien)

If you purchase a vehicle from an individual or business (other than a dealer) in a casual/private sale, you are required to apply for the Georgia title and registration within seven business days of the purchase date.

A registration can be issued along with the application for the Georgia title or after the application has been processed.

Note: Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to register a vehicle. Other documentation may be required upon review of the paperwork.

When the seller has provided a title properly signed over to you bring the following items:

  • Valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card.
  • Copy of the Bill of Sale from the seller dated within seven business days 
  • Original Certificate of Title
  • Current certificate of registration for tag transfer, if applicable
  • Valid Georgia Insurnace
  • Current Georgia Emisisons Certificate, if applicable
  • An original notarized power of attorney ( Form T-8 ) from any owner who will not be present at the time of registration.

(With a lien)

If you purchased your vehicle from an individual or business and the Certificate of Title is in the possession of a bank or other financial institution, you must still apply for the Georgia title and registration within seven business days. If you are financing the vehicle, the lien holder normally will submit the necessary documents to apply for your title. After the title application has been processed, the lien holder will send you a copy of the title receipt and you will need to visit a Cherokee County Tag Office to register your vehicle.

If you have purchased your vehicle from an individual or business and there is a lien involved and the bank or financial institution does not provide the title within the seven day period, then you will not be able to title or register the vehicle. In certain situations you may be able to obtain a temporary operating permit.

Note:  Under normal circumstances, the information provided below is required to register a vehicle. Other documentation may be required upon review of the paperwork.

When the Certificate of Title is in the possession of a bank or other financial institution bring the following items:

  • Valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia identification card. 
  • Copy of the Bill of Sale from the seller dated within seven business days
  • Copy of seller’s registration
  • Valid Georgia Insurance
  • Current Georgia Emissions Certificate, if applicable
  • An original notarized power of attorney ( Form T-8) from any owner who will not be present at the time of registration
  • If the vehicle is leased, you must provide the original lease agreement that includes the names and addresses of the leasing company and the lessee(s)

Want to know an estimate of the Title Tax prior to purchasing a vehicle?  

Click here to be directed to the Georgia Department of Revenue website for the TAVT calculator, you will need the VIN of the vehicle for the estimate.

 

Note: Salvage vehicles are not eligible for a Georgia title or registration until they have been rebuilt and passed inspection. For more information on salvage vehicles, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website..

For information on how to obtain a Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card, visit the Department of Driver Services website.

 

 
 
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