Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Chapter 11: Transfers

11.065 Estate Valued at $150,000 or Less (California Probate Code [CPC] §§7660 and 13100)

In addition to the Basic Transfer Requirements listed in this chapter:

If the Personal Property of a Decedent IsAnd the Total EstateThen
Being liquidated under the provisions of the CPCDoes not exceed $50,000A Statement of Facts (REG 256) form, completed and signed by the public administrator authorized to sell or dispose of the property must be submitted.
Exceeds $50,000 but does not exceed $150,000A court order, authorizing a public administrator to sell personal property belonging to a decedent must be submitted.
Not being liquidated under the provisions of the CPCDoes not exceed $150,000An Affidavit For Transfer Without Probate California Titled Vehicle or Vessels Only (REG 5) form, completed and signed by the heir, provided 40 days have elapsed since the registered owner’s date of death must be submitted.
The REG 5 cannot be submitted for vehicles not titled in California.
  • The title document may be endorsed for release by the public administrator as the administrator of the deceased owner’s estate.
  • A copy of the court order authorizing the distribution of property must accompany the transfer application. The court order does not have to identify the vehicle.