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  • Sections 8, 9, 23 – 30, Traffic Law, 2011, Section 4, Motor Vehicle Insurance (Third party Risks) Law (2006 Revision)

Vehicles belonging to deceased Individuals

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing understand that it can be an emotional journey when dealing with the loss of a loved one, and the stress that accompany those who try to finalize and administer the assets that were left behind.

To assist in expediting the processing of a deceased person’s vehicle, the DVDL asks that these simple steps be followed, which no doubt will alleviate unnecessary time being spent during this procedure:

  1. Obtain a death certificate.
  2. In the absence of a will or documents showing proof of administration (probate), obtain a sworn affidavit stating that such documents do not exist. This affidavit must also state that there is no other claim or interest in the vehicle(s).
  3. Have both the death certificate and sworn affidavit notarized/authenticated by the same Notary Public / Justice of the Peace.

With these requirements satisfied, vehicles that are registered to the deceased may now be transferred.

Should there be a bank lien registered against the vehicle, you must first obtain a “notice of lien removal” from the lending institution before the transfer of ownership can occur.

Valid identification is required for all involved with the transfer. Valid insurance is also required for the individual who is taking ownership of the vehicle.

Last Updated: 2012-09-19