Complete a Transfer Without Probate Checklist
Ownership of a vehicle may be transferred to the deceased owner's heir 40 days after the owner's death if the value of the deceased's property in California does not exceed $150,000. The requirements are:
The California Certificate of Title. The heir must sign the deceased registered owner's name and countersign on Line 1. If the heir is to be the new owner, he/she completes and signs the back of the title.
A Certificate of Transfer Without Probate (REG 5) completed and signed by the heir.
Odometer Disclosure Statement. If you have an older title or ownership certificate without an odometer certification box, or if the vehicle was sold more than once, complete a Vehicle/Vessel Transfer Form (REG 262). This form is not available on the Internet. To obtain a form by mail, call DMV's automated phone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-777-0133.
A Transfer Fee.
If the heir prefers to sell the vehicle, the buyer will need the items above and:
A Bill of Sale from the heir to the buyer.
A Transfer Fee. (Two transfer fees are due in this case.)
Additional information on transferring a vehicle without probate.