How to Make a Title Transfer from a Deceased Person in California.

A vehicle’s title transfer from a deceased person in California is much simpler than it is in other states. Due to the fact that the DMV came up with forms that can be easily filled out to do the transfer. In most cases you will not need a probate lawyer and will be able to do it yourself.

There are different kinds of title transfer to consider:

Without Probate.

This is the most common kind of title transfer, the California DMV has a form, aptly titled “Affidavit for transfer without probate.” This transfers the vehicle to the next of kin, or beneficiary in the will, and then that person can sell it or whatever they want to do.

With Probate

In this case the Executor or Administrator of the estate will sign the Title by actually signing the decedent’s name and then writing, “by Executor.” After this the buyer can register it under their name. The payment for the vehicle will go into the estate bank account. There is not a set DMV “form” for this as there is for transferring without probate.

Transfer by Trustee

For the minority of people who hold title in their trust the successor trustee can sell or transfer the car.

It is still recommended to consult an attorney to guide you through the process but if you have any doubts about making a Title Transfer from a deceased person you can call us:


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