Secretary of State
When a vehicle owner dies, vehicle ownership is inherited according to the list below:
a. If no spouse, then to descendants by representation.
b. If no spouse or descendant, then to parents equally if both survive or to the surviving parent.
c. If no spouse, descendant, or parent, then to the descendants of the parents by representation.
d. If none of the above, then closest next-of-kin. Questions about rights or interest of next-of-kin should be referred to an attorney or probate court.
NOTE: A will is not used to determine inheritance unless it is administered by probate court. Then the personal representative carries out the provisions of the will.
If you inherit a vehicle from an immediate family relative, no tax is due.
Note: Your situation may differ from the examples provided. Please check with our Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH (767-6424) to make sure you have all the correct paperwork before going to a branch office.