What is AMV Law?

The legal process of recovering the costs of removing motor vehicles from public rights of way and private or public property.

Filing Procedure

Generally, before filing any documents with the court, a business must request contact information for the vehicle owner(s) from the Department of Revenue (DOR) or from a DOR approved website. Please refer to the DOR website (https://dor.georgia.gov/) for additional information.

After sending the first “AMV Notice” to the Owner(s), the business must file a “Petition for Abandoned Motor Vehicle Lien Foreclosure” with the court. If an owner files an Answer, then there will be a court hearing.

Additional Resources

The Magistrate Court now has guides, called “interviews” available online to assist you in completing Abandoned Motor Vehicle forms for the Georgia Magistrate Courts at: https://georgia.tylerhost.net/SRL/SRL/ExecuteInterview. The interviews go through a series of questions and answers to help populate the required forms.

These interviews are NOT a substitute for legal advice. If you need help preparing a case or understanding your legal rights, please contact a lawyer. These interviews will simply walk you through the process of entering your information on a court-approved document.