Motor Vehicles Transfer of Decedent's Title
If a decedent dies with no probate assets (i.e., owns nothing in their name alone) except for one or more motor vehicles whose total value is not more than $60,000, title to the vehicles can be transferred by the Secretary of State without opening an estate in the Probate Court.
Note : This entire procedure is done at a Secretary of State office – not the Probate Court.
Secretary of State Form Used: TR-29, Certification from the Heir to a Vehicle .
Attach the vehicle title (if available) to the form.
A certified copy of the death certificate for the owner of the vehicle must also be presented.
Title to the motor vehicle(s) will be given according to the following priority:
-Surviving descendants (i.e., children and/or grandchildren).
-Surviving brothers and sisters and\or descendants of predeceased brothers and sisters.
- Surviving grandparents or descendants of predeceased grandparents.