When you sell a motor vehicle, you should have three items. You'll need to have your vehicle's title, you should prepare a bill of sale (a document that outlines the date of the sale, the mileage, and condition of the vehicle), and a statement of the buyer's agreement to purchase.
What You Should Know:
- Depending on the age of your vehicle, the state may not require you to hold a title. If that's the case, when you sell your car, you can legally transfer the property by using either the vehicle's certificate of origin or the bill of sale.
- While you may write your own bill of sale, the Georgia Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division offers a standard form that you can fill out.
- If you decide to write your own bill of sale, make sure to include the following information:
- the date of sale
- the cost of vehicle purchase
- your full name and address
- the buyer's full name and address
- the vehicle's year, make, model, identification number and mileage
- acknowledgement of any liens held on the vehicle
- After you and the buyer sign the bill of sale, you should make a copy for yourself and hand the buyer the original. The buyer will then need to visit their local county tax commissioner’s office to update the vehicle's registration.
How do I let a family member sell my car for me while I'm out of state?
You'll need to grant your family member limited power of attorney so that they can act on your behalf. They'll then draft a bill of sale and, after the sale, make certain that you receive a copy of it. See a sample of a limited power of attorney for motor vehicles form.
Source: Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.