Transfer a Vehicle From an Individual to an Estate Checklist
You may transfer a vehicle from an individual to the estate of that individual without signatures on the Certificate of Title. The requirements are:
The California Certificate of Title. On the back of the title, the new owner section must show "Estate of (name of individual)" and his/her address. Any legal owner/lienholder named on the front of the title must be re-entered on the back of the title.
A Statement of Facts (REG 256) completed stating the owner is deceased and Letters Testamentary have not been issued. The person completing the statement must indicate his/her relationship to the deceased.
A Transfer Fee.
Use tax and a Smog Certification are not required.