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 spouse.
- Surviving descendants (i.e., children and/or grandchildren).
- Surviving brothers and sisters and\or descendants of predeceased
brothers and sisters.
- Surviving parents.
- Surviving grandparents or descendants of predeceased grandparents.