My dad signed the title but never regiestered it and now he is giving it to me. What do I do?

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My dad bought a car from a friend and signed the back of the title, thinking he was going to go and put the title in his name, but he never did. He moved away and left the car and the title to me, but I still have the original title with my dads signature on the back. Can I put the title in my name if his signature is on it, or does he have to be with me and tell them to put it in my name?”

Asked June 5, 2018

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If you have just bought a car or are selling a car in your name, the vehicle's title transfer must be registered with the Georgia Department of Revenue. Upon receiving the title of the vehicle you AND any other joint buyers must give your signatures on the right section on the title. This states that the car belongs to two people and both people are aware of the odometer reading. The only reason on which not to sign on the back is id the vehicle is exempt from odometer disclosures or the seller did not fill in that required information on the title in the first place. Do NOT sign on the back if the title is blank as it is against the law for the seller to give a blank title and for the buyer to accept it.

To complete the vehicle title transfer from seller to buyer, the buyer must go in person to the Georgia DOR title office before 30 days after the sale date. The buyer must take his or her driver's license or ID card, vehicle title and tag application, properly filled out title, the emission inspection certificate showing that the car passed emissions, and proof that car insurance has been bought to cover the car.

If there is more than one signature on the back, both signers will have their names on the title. If one party signed on the back of the title, and the buyer wishes to have only one name on the title, both parties must go in person to the Georgia DOR title office with their drivers license and/or ID cards in hand. The employees at the DOR title office can assist in transference the names on the title, and that the vehicle is registered under the appropriate names.

Answered June 11, 2018 by FirstLight

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