Abandonment Process (before court order)

To get a court order for an abandoned vehicle the following process must be completed.

Responsibility

Action

Time Period

Applicant
(if owner unknown)

Provide name & address of owner from law enforcement ordering removal request. Within three business days after removal.

Applicant
(if owner unknown)

Notifies local law enforcement in writing that vehicle is removed from private property. Within three business days after removal.

Law Enforcement
(if vehicle stolen)

 

Notifies Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) Within 72 hours after receiving notice of vehicle being stolen.

Applicant
(if owner unknown)

Note:  For simplification purposes, the term “applicant” has been used to denote the person removing or storing the vehicle.

If vehicle not stolen, notifies owner and any security interest holder or lienholder.

Note: Notification to include location, fees & that vehicle will be abandoned in 30 days.  Notice by certified or registered mail.

Within seven calendar days after vehicle’s removal or one business day after information is furnished.
Law Enforcement
(if vehicle not stolen)

Provides name & address of owner to wrecker service if information available.

If owner information is not available, advises wrecker service.

Within three business days of request.
Applicant
(if owner does not redeem or vehicle being repaired or being stored by insurance company becomes abandoned)
Notifies MVD on Form MV-603 Notification of Abandoned Vehicle and Request for Information with $2.00 fee. Within seven calendar days of the date the vehicle becomes abandoned.
The County Tag Office where the owner resides or MVD Main Office Provides a printout of license plate & title information for vehicle ID# recorded on Form MV-603 Notification of Abandoned Vehicle and Request for Information. Provides Form MV-603A Abandoned Vehicle Affidavit & notice to be mailed to the owners.  Places a hold on vehicle. Every effort will be made to complete request within seven days of receipt.
Applicant
(once information received from County Tag Office or MVD)
Notifies owners, lessors, lessees, security interest holders & lienholders by certified or registered mail of location of vehicle, & that vehicle is abandoned & will be disposed of if not redeemed. Within five calendar days.
Applicant
(if MVD records have no information regarding owner)
Advertises in paper of general circulation in county where vehicle obtained or, if no newspaper, at the county courthouse.

One time a week for two consecutive weeks.

MVD
(Notice of abandonment)

Provides information regarding abandoned vehicle to National Crime Information Center.  
Applicant
(After final disposition of vehicle)
Notifies County Tag Office or MVD Main Office by sending applicable copy of Form MV-603 Notification of Abandoned Vehicle and Request for Information. Within seven days after final disposition of vehicle
County Tag Office or MVD Removes hold from vehicle ID# when disposition copy of Form MV-603 Notification of Abandoned Vehicle and Request for Information is received.