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Abandoned Motor Vehicles
Abandoned Motor Vehicle cases are filed in the Liberty County Clerk of Courts Office located at:
Liberty County Justice Center
201 S Main Street
Hinesville, GA 31313
The filing fee for an Abandoned Motor Vehicle case is $11.
Per Georgia law, a business removing an abandoned or unclaimed motor vehicle from public rights of way or private or public property must go through a process to ensure the rights of the vehicle owners, lienholders, and security interest holders are protected. A certificate of title cannot be obtained for an abandoned vehicle on the basis of a surety bond, nor can a title be issued on a vehicle that is not required to be titled in Georgia (including 1985 or older year models).
HB 307 created the Abandoned Motor Vehicle Act (Act), which provides that only towing and storage firms are authorized to remove vehicles from public and private property at the request of law enforcement officers or private property owners. The Act, effective September 1, 2019, also provides that towing and storage firms, repair facilities, and salvage dealers (Authorized Businesses) may obtain liens on abandoned or unclaimed motor vehicles by following a detailed process of notification to all owners, lienholders, and security interest holders. The Act provides the specifics at O.C.G.A. § 40-11-11 et seq.
Towing and storage firms in Georgia are required by law to notify vehicle owners, lienholders, and security interest holders when a motor vehicle has been towed and impounded. All Authorized Businesses that want to foreclose on a lien allowed under the Act are also required by law to notify vehicle owners, lienholders, and security interest holders. Authorized Businesses may obtain contact information in person from the Georgia Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle Division or online through Auto Data Direct, the Department’s official designated online vendor.
In-Person Requests. For in-person applications, complete and submit a 4 Form MV-603 to your local county tag office or to the Motor Vehicle Division at 4125 Welcome All Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30349. There is a $2 research fee for the contact information.
Online Requests. For online requests for contact information, use Auto Data Direct. If you obtain the necessary contact information from Auto Data Direct, you will not be required to submit the Form MV-603 to the local county tag office or to the Motor Vehicle Division.
Law Enforcement Requests. As an alternative to requesting owner contact information from Auto Data Direct, you may also request owner and lienholder information from your local law enforcement agency.
Forms: The Council of Magistrate Court Judges has developed REQUIRED forms for obtaining a lien on abandoned or unclaimed motor vehicles. Please visit the Council of Magistrate Judges' webpage for forms and other helpful information.
Checklists: The Liberty County Magistrate Court has developed checklists to assist the petitioner and the Court in the processing of abandoned motor vehicle cases.
Checklist - Public Tow - Known Owner/Lienholder
Checklist - Public Tow - Unknown Owner/Lienholder
Please refer to the Guidelines for Clerks (PDF) for understanding of what a clerk may or may not do to assist a party.
The information and forms available on this website are not intended as legal advice and should not be considered as such; they are provided for reference only. Consult an attorney for legal advice.