Surviving Spouse/Heirship/Inheritance

Titles and Salvage Vehicles

To transfer ownership following the death of the owner, the Certificate of Title may be transferred to a new owner by a surviving spouse, the executor of the decedent's estate, or a court appointed administrator.

Surviving Spouse

To qualify as a surviving spouse, you must have been married to the deceased person at the time of death. Live-in companions and ex-spouses do not qualify.

To obtain a new title and registration for your vehicle, you must submit the following in person at any RMV Full Service Center:

  • An Application for Registration Title (RMV-1 Form) completed and signed by the owner, stamped by an authorized agent of the insurance company if the vehicle is to remain registered
  • Decedent's Certificate of Title assigned by surviving spouse
  • An Affidavit of Surviving Spouse
  • A copy of the Death Certificate listing the name of the spouse

If the surviving spouse is transferring ownership, the surviving spouse must give the following documents to the new owner:

  • Decedent's Certificate of Title assigned by surviving spouse
  • A copy of the Death Certificate listing the name of the spouse
  • An Affidavit of Surviving Spouse

Heirship (will)

If a decedent has left a will, the executor of the estate may transfer ownership of the vehicle and must give the following documents to the new owner:

  • A copy of the Appointment of Executor
  • Decedent's Certificate of Title assigned by the Executor

Inheritance

If a decedent has NOT left a will, the court appointed administrator may transfer the title with the following documents:

  • A copy of the Appointment of Administrator
  • Decedent's Certificate of Title assigned by the Administrator

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