How do you transfer a car if the owner is deceased?

CategoryGeneralSite SectionMotoristQuestionWhat do I need to transfer ownership from a deceased owner?AnswerThe evidence required for transferring ownership depends on whether the

How do you transfer a car if the owner is deceased?

CategoryGeneralSite SectionMotoristQuestionWhat do I need to transfer ownership from a deceased owner?Answer

The evidence required for transferring ownership depends on whether the deceased owner's estate is probated. When the estate goes through probate, the court will name an Executor/Executrix or Administrator and provideLetters TestamentaryorLetters of Administrationas proof of ownership. If the estate is not probated, anHeirship Affidavitis required.

In either scenario, to apply for title and/or registration, here are the documents the applicant will need to submit in person to a county tax office:

  • Title, if available
  • Evidence the loan is paid in full (original release of lien), if applicable
  • CompletedTitle and/or Registration Application (Form 130-U)
  • Appropriate authority to transfer ownership
  • Estate is probated: Provide the original or certified copy ofLetters TestamentaryorLetters of Administration
  • Estate is not probated: Provide completed Affidavit of Heirship for a Motor Vehicle (Form VTR-262)(all signatures must be notarized)
  • CompletedGift Affidavit
  • Required when the vehicle is inherited between eligible parties
  • Requires notarization, unless signed in front of a county tax office employee
  • The recipient or donor must submit the application in person
  • Refer to page 2 for additional instructions
  • Applicant's current driver license orgovernment-issued photo identification
  • Proof of current vehicle insurance (required if applying for registration)
  • Proof of current Texas vehicle inspection(required if the registration is expired and you would like to register the vehicle)
  • Fees: Contact a county county tax officefor exact fee amounts and payment methods

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