Transferring ownership of a car after death is one of the many cumbersome tasks that are left in the hands of loved ones and beneficiaries. While it is likely one of the last things a grieving person wants to deal with, it is a part of the process of handling the deceased person’s belongings. To help you with the process, we’ve outlined the few steps you will need to take to transfer the title in Florida.
Why do you need to transfer a car title when the owner is deceased?
The process of transferring a car title is necessary for beneficiaries if you want to keep the vehicle, gift it to another family member, or sell the vehicle.
How to transfer a car title when the owner is deceased:
- If not in probate, there must be specific wording in the will stating the exact car (VIN number, car name and specific wording stating the year given to beneficiary name)
- If yes in probate – just need to provide letters of administration
- Death certificate
- Application for title form 82040 (click here to download)
- Copy of drivers license
- Transfer fee
- *If necessary, POA form for another person to do the transfer on the beneficiary’s behalf
There may additional registration fees depending on what the status of the vehicle is. All of these fees will be determined and relayed to you after you submit your above paperwork and form to your local DMV. Furthermore, in the event that the vehicle was not registered by the deceased, the new owner will be held responsible for paying any registration fees or penalties.
For any further questions or help with the title transfer process, please contact us here.
*Zac Mazur Group is sharing general information and not providing any legal advice