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Hi, my name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help you with your question! are you just wondering how you can get title to the vehicle?
California law allows an heir to transfer title of a vehicle if the deceased personâs estate is not going through probate or awaiting probate of a will. Is the family friend dealing with probate/ or a will?
The heir needs to fill out a form called âAffidavit for Transfer Without Probate-California Titled Vehicles or Vessels Only (REG 5).â The DMV website has a page explaining the process that those in the Curtisesâ situation should follow: http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/howto/htvr2.htm
That Web page offers instructions and information about forms and fees, and links to the relevant forms. It also points out that if the vehicleâs registration expires within the 40-day waiting period, ârenewal fees should be deposited to avoid penalties.â Also, âtransfers between parents and their children, between husband and wife, between grandparents and their grandchildren, are exempt from the transfer smog certification requirements. However, if registration is due, a biennial smog certification may be required and must be submitted with the transfer application
would you like me to explain the transfer process w/o probable?