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In settling the vehicle and driver’s license records of your family member or friend, you may need to address one or more of the issues:
TRANSFERRING VEHICLE OWNERSHIP
You are considered a joint owner* with right of survivorship if:
Your name is listed on the vehicle title as one of the vehicle owners and/or appears between the names listed.
You may title the vehicle in your name only by submitting:
Acceptable Evidence/Proof of Death
*You are not a joint owner if your name does not appear on the title. If your name is on the title, but there is no conjunction between the names or the conjunction is “and” you do not have right of survivorship.
When an estate is probated, the court appoints someone to act as executor or administrator of the estate. This person may act in place of the deceased. The transfer must take place on the Minnesota title. If the title has been lost, destroyed or mutilated, a duplicate title must be obtained.
In addition to the title and appropriate fees, when an estate is subject to probate, the individual acting as seller must provide one of the following:The executor must submit:
Refer to the Motor Vehicle Sales Tax Page for more information.
Title Transfer Fees
Title Fee: $6.25 (an additional $2 is due for each lien record)
Transfer Tax: $10
Public Safety Vehicle Fee: $3.50
Filing Fee: $10
*These are typical transfer fees for a titled vehicle, refer to the Title/Transfer Fees Page for a complete list of fees.
Can the will be used to transfer ownership of a vehicle?
A will cannot be used to effect the transfer of ownership of a motor vehicle. However, a will may be used to show inheritance, exempting the heir from sales tax.
What if the title is lost?
In most cases if the vehicle title has been lost, mutilated or destroyed a Duplicate Title, Registration, Cab or Lien Card Form (PS2067A) must be obtained.
What if there is a lien on the title?
If the vehicle title indicates that there is lien holder, a Notification of Lien Grant, Release and Reassignment Form (PS2017) must be submitted with the Correct Ownership of a Motor Vehicle Form (PS2025) and Application to Title and Register a Motor Vehicle Form (PS2000).
Mail:Driver's LicenseDriver and Vehicle Services 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 180Saint Paul, MN 55101-5180
Disability CertificatesDriver and Vehicle ServicesSpecial Plates Unit445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164Saint Paul, MN 55101-5164Email:Driver Services: DVS.firstname.lastname@example.orgVehicle Services: DVS.email@example.comPhone:Vehicle Title/Registration: (651) 297-2126 Special Plates: (651) 297-3166 Driver’s Licenses: (651) 297-3298Office Locations: (651) 297-2005 Assistance for Hearing Impaired Callers (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555
Family of Deceased (Just the Facts)
DVS Office Locations