Vehicle Titles

Transferring Ownership of Deceased’s Vehicle

Transfer with Rights of Survivorship (WROS)

For joint ownership with right of survivorship, the owners’ names on the title are shown as: John Doe and Mary Smith or W.R.O.S.

  • Signatures of each party are required if both are living.
  • If one party is deceased, the surviving party applies for the certificate of title and the title is issued in the survivor’s name showing “acquired by right of survivorship.”

For joint ownership without right of survivorship, the owners’ name on the title will be shown as: John Doe and Mary Smith.

  • Signatures of each party are required if both are living.
  • If one party is deceased, the signature of an executor or an administrator is required.

What Do I Need to Bring to the Title Office?

  • Original Ohio title
  • Certified copy of the death certificate (if applicable)
  • A government-issued driver license or identification card
  • Payment for title fees

Ohio Revised Code: 2131.12

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