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Transferring Ownership of Deceased’s Vehicle

Transfer to a Surviving Spouse

Upon the death of a married resident who owned at least one automobile at the time of death, the surviving spouse may transfer up to two vehicles valued up to $40,000 and one boat and one outboard motor.

  • Vehicles may not be disposed of by a will or transferred to the surviving spouse due to joint ownership With Rights of Survivorship (WROS), transferred to a Transfer On Death (TOD) beneficiary or specifically disposed of by Testamentary Disposition.
  • This transfer does not affect any liens upon the vehicle. If a lien exist, it will be carried forward.

What Do I Need to Bring to the Title Office?

Ohio Revised Code: 1548.11 2106.18 2106.19 4505.10

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