Georgia Rebuilt Title
Georgia rebuilt vehicles are notorious for flood damage, the worst type of damage because it entails multiple hidden problems. That is why it is critically important to check the history of a Georgia Rebuilt Title by VIN before you buy it.
There are restrictions on restored salvage vehicles in Georgia.
Important! One should be a licensed rebuilder not just to obtain a Georgia rebuilt title but also to buy a salvage or wrecked vehicle to restore it. Don't waste your money, time and efforts on repairing a salvage vehicle if you don't have the license! It is important to make sure you get the car into proper working order before getting an inspection.
Any rebuilt vehicle passes a mandatory inspetion after being restored but before being painted prior to application for a Rebuilt Title. Please, note that the law requres that the rebuilt vehicle is towed, ot driven to the inspection site as operating a salvage vehicle is illegal. Only inspectors or stations approved by Gerogia DMV can inspect the restored vehcile, the full list in on https://dor.georgia.gov/state-approved-inspection-stations.
Vehicles Eligible for Restoring in GA
- Georgia "Salvage" titles
- "Salvage", "Total Loss", "Flood Damage", "Water Damage", "Fire Damage out-of-state brands.
- Tractor cab restored with a glider kit.
Rebuilt Title Inspection Requirements
To apply for a rebuilt title and vehicle inspection, submit the following to one of the Department approved private inspectors or stations. All of the items listed below must be provided at the inspection.
At least one photo of the vehicle exactly as is was before any repairs were perfomed (salvaged/wrecked)
Copy of valid Rebuilder’s License.
$100.00 inspection fee.
Original valid salvage title issued in the vehicle owner’s name or properly assigned to the owner.
All receipts for new or used parts used in the process of rebuilding:
- Part names and stock numbers - The rebuilder vehicle or owner should be clearly stated as the purchaser of the parts. The rebuilder’s name shown in the Form T-129 should be the same as on part receipts. - Part name and the VIN of the vehicle from which the part was taken for all used parts - Parts vehicle must have a title on file with the Department or submitted at the time of the application. - A letter of certification from another state should be provided for parts coming from other states.
Completed and signed Form MV-1 Title/Tag Application.
Completed and signed Form T-22R Request for Inspection of a Rebuilt Motor Vehicle.
Completed and signed Form T-129 Labor and Parts Certification.
How To Register A Rebuilt Vehcile in GA
Submit title application with inspectin report and all of the above paperwork to:
DOR/Motor Vehicle Division Attn: Salvage Unit P. O. Box 740384 Atlanta, Georgia 30374-0384
Once the vehicle passes inspection, all of the above paperwork along with the inspectors report and registration must be submitted with:
$118.00 are paid to the Department of Revenue ($100.00 state inspection fee + $18.00 title fee).
Out-of-State Restored Vehicles
For out-of-state "Rebuilt" or "Restored" titles the applicant must complete all the same procedures procedures except for:
- Form T-129 Labor and Parts Certification.
- Photos of the vehicle in its salvaged/wrecked condition
- Receipts for parts used.
How to Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Georgia
You can title an abandoned vehicle in Georgia if you are the first to claim it. For this, you need to report it to local Georgia law authorities, then fill out an abandoned vehicle report. However, the law requires that you give the previous owner the opportunily to claim the vehicle by publishing a notice about the abandoned vehicle and its location in the newspaper (reember to obrain publication certificate as you'll need it later). After that you may fill out GA Application for Title and/or Registration form and mail it, along with the all applicable fees and publication certificate. The DOR/Motor Vehicle Division will then mail you new title and registration.