WHAT IS TOPs?
As a new dealer, you have probably heard about “temporary tags” for customers purchasing vehicles in the state of Georgia. This “temporary tag” is actually called a Temporary Operating Permit, or TOP for short.
A TOP is a large sticker, pre-printed with an assigned serial number and affixed with 2 state seal holographic emblems.
Every dealership in the State of Georgia is required to issue a Temporary Operating Permit (TOP) to every retail customer they sell a vehicle to. At the time of sale, the licensed motor vehicle dealer is required to issue one free TOP or “temporary tag” for their customer’s use to operate their vehicle. It will have an expiration date of 45 days from the date of sale during which time, the dealer must register the title within the first 30 days. This allows the customer time to to secure the permanent license plate before the TOP expires.
All dealers must register through an ETR vendor and GIADA TOPs service by signing the necessary DOR agreements and setting up an escrow account before they can be approved to purchase and issue TOPs for a sold vehicle. TitleTec T21 ETR Accounts are integrated with the TOPs Service and do not require a separate account for TOPs. Before setting up an account and receiving a login, you will need to obtain your used car dealer license and your master tags from the Department of Revenue.
Please contact our office if you are set up with an ETR Vendor that does not connect directly to the TOPs Service, so that we may assist you in getting set up to order and receive TOPs.
WHAT IS GRATIS?
Another aspect of TOPs is called GRATIS. This is the “Georgia Registration and Title Information System”
All dealers with a registered TOPs accounts will have access to the Georgia GRATIS System. GIADA’s TOP application includes the ability to run GRATIS inquiries for vehicles and customers. With the GRATIS Vehicle Inquiry, you have the ability to retrieve title, registration, owner and lien information from the DOR’s GRATIS system by simply entering a vehicle’s VIN, title number, or license plate number. GRATIS customer inquiries will retrieve the current address (as recorded in the GRATIS system) and up to 10 license plates with expiration dates that the customer owns under their driver license number. The charge for GRATIS inquiries is $1 per inquiry and is deducted from your escrow account. This service is completely optional and can be used at any time. This service is separate from the $4 TOPs processing fee.