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How to Transfer a Motor Vehicle After Death - Designating a Beneficiary

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How to Transfer a Motor Vehicle After Death - Designating a Beneficiary

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has created a two-step process to transfer a vehicle to a beneficiary upon the owner’s death.  The owner must first complete the Beneficiary Designation of a Motor Vehicle form, which tells the Texas DMV who the owner wants the car to go to. The owner next completes the Application for Texas Title and/or Registration form, which asks the Texas DMV to reissue title to the vehicle with the name of the beneficiary on it. The Toolkit contains both forms and instructions on how to complete and submit them.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What information will I need to fill out the forms?
  • The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which is usually listed on the proof of car insurance, or etched on the window of the car.
  • The full legal name of the person you want the car to go to.
  • Some form of ID that has been issued by the government, such as a driver’s license, ID card, or passport.
Can I get help filling out the forms?

Yes. For help completing the form, contact your local county tax assessor-collector. It is probably best to go to their office and ask for help. If you do, make sure to have the information needed to complete the form with you, like the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), your driver’s license number or ID.