Secretary of State
If the deceased owner's estate is not probated, the surviving spouse may transfer that vehicle into their name. Present the title, the current registration or license plate number (if there is one), and a certified copy of the death certificate to a Secretary of State branch office. The surviving spouse will complete a TR-29 Certification From the Heir to a Vehicle form.
If the estate is being probated, the personal representative appointed by Probate Court must assign the title to the surviving spouse. The spouse presents the assigned title and a copy of the personal representative's Letter of Authority document to apply for a title in their name at a Secretary of State branch office.
If the current title is in both your name and the deceased's name with the legend "Full Rights To Survivor" printed on it, then all that is needed to transfer the vehicle into just your name is the title and a copy of the death certificate.
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