Chapter 8, Section D:|
Registration Valid After Death of Owner
Revised July 12, 2012
Transfer of Title to the Personal Representative
If the vehicle is transferred into
the name of the personal representative (administrator, executor,
executrix), the personal representative will pay registration and
title fees. No excise tax is applicable. The transferee will be
liable for late registration fees if the vehicle was operated after
the registration period paid in the name of the deceased has
Transfer Other Than to the Personal Representative
If this vehicle is transferred to a party other than the estate's personal representative, the new owner must pay registration, title fees, and excise tax. The new owner will also be liable for late registration and transfer penalties as evidenced by documents showing a date of sale or date of assignment.
Actual Mileage or Not Actual Mileage
Per PQU#139 (July 12, 2012), whoever has the legal ability to transfer title also has the ability to assert actual mileage (“to the best of my knowledge”), except when there is a gap in the vehicle’s ownership history such that the transferor cannot reasonably claim to have knowledge of the vehicle’s actual mileage. Accordingly, the personal representative of a vehicle owner who is deceased may assert actual mileage (AM).
Specific Title Transfer Requirements
For specific title transfer requirements when a vehicle's registered owner is deceased, see Section E (Deceased Owner/Court Appointed Personal Representative), Section F (Deceased Owner with No Will or Unprobated Will) or Section G (Transfer through Court Adjudication of Probate) of this chapter.