How to Change the Registered Owner of a Car when the Owner Dies


We have had a number of Clients lately whose partners have sadly passed away which has left them with many questions, including: what do I do about the car? At Lawindexpro we try our best to give straight forward, practical advice, so we have created a short guide on how to change the ownership of a car when the registered owner has died.

1. Check the Will to see who should inherit the car. If you require assistance interpreting the Will please do not hesitate to contact us to help as we offer free initial consultations;

2. Find the V5C (the registered keepers booklet) document and fill in the details of the person inheriting the car in the “new keeper details” section;

3. The new keeper must sign and date the V5C as normal;

4. Where the deceased would normally sign the V5C to transfer the car you should write “deceased”;

5. The V5C should then be sent to “DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ZZ” together with a cover letter. You may also be required to send a copy of the death certificate;

6. The cover letter should mention that any car tax paid by deceased should be returned to the Executors account or the Estate together with the appropriate bank details;

7. This will take roughly 2-4 weeks for the DVLA to action;

8. The new owner may re-tax the vehicle in his or her name using s. 10 of the V5C either at a post office, via telephone or online; and

8. Don’t forget to notify the insurers for both the deceased party and the new keeper.

We hope this is useful to you at this difficult time but if you have any questions in relation to the above please do not hesitate to contact us as we will be happy to assist you.

To suggest other “How To” guides you would find useful and would like to see please send your suggestion to us at enquiries@Lawindexpro.co.uk


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