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Transfer at Death

Death with Appointment as Administrator or Executor

  • Certificate of Title in deceased name for all vehicles 2001 and newer.
  • Bill of Sales or Letter of Gift, gifts from non immediate family members must have gift letter notarized. Immediate family members are limited to mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, and spouse. Complete the Affidavit of Gift of Motor Vehicles form if the vehicle is a gift.
  • Original Notice of Appointment from Probate Court naming administrator/trix or executor/trix is the only acceptable document.
  • Administrator/Executor signs title as seller.
  • You need to complete and sign the Application for Registration.
  • You need to complete and sign the Sales or Use Tax Exemption Certificate form.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table

Next of Kin or Adult Children: No Surviving Spouse, No Executor

  • Certificate of Title in deceased name for all vehicles 2001 and newer.
  • Bill of Sales or Letter of Gift. Gifts from non immediate family members must have gift letter notarized. Immediate family members are limited to mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, and spouse. Complete the Affidavit of Gift of Motor Vehicles form if the vehicle is a gift.
  • You need to complete and sign the Sole Heir Affidavit form. The Heir Affidavit is the assignment or transfer. The transfer of ownership on the back of the title is left blank.
  • Original Death Certificate.
  • You need to complete and sign the Application for Registration.
  • You need to complete and sign the Sales or Use Tax Exemption Certificate form.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table

Parents of Deceased: No Surviving Spouse or Executor

  • Certificate of Title in deceased name for all vehicles 2001 and newer.
  • Bill of Sales or Letter of Gift. Gifts from non immediate family members must have gift letter notarized. Immediate family members are limited to mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, and spouse. Complete the Affidavit of Gift of Motor Vehicles form if the vehicle is a gift.
  • Original Death Certificate.
  • You need to complete and sign the Sole Heir Affidavit form. The Heir Affidavit is the assignment or transfer. Transfer of ownership on the back of the title is left blank.
  • You need to complete and sign the Application for Registration.
  • You need to complete and sign the Sales or Use Tax Exemption Certificate form.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table

No Survivors, No Executor

  • Certificate of Title in deceased name for all vehicles 2001 and newer.
  • Bill of Sales or Letter of Gift. Gifts from non immediate family members must have gift letter notarized. Immediate family members are limited to mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, and spouse. Complete the Affidavit of Gift of Motor Vehicles form if the vehicle is a gift.
  • Original Death Certificate.
  • Voluntary Executor under small estates RI General Law 33-24.1. This can be obtained at your local City or Town Hall.
  • You need to complete and sign the Application for Registration.
  • You need to complete and sign the Sales or Use Tax Exemption Certificate form.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table