Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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Transfer a vehicle to a surviving spouse/domestic partner

A surviving spouse or domestic partner can transfer ownership of up to five vehicles solely owned by a deceased spouse or domestic partner. The vehicle(s) may be titled in the name of the surviving spouse or domestic partner as owner, or they may sign as a surviving spouse or domestic partner to sell the vehicle. The transfer of ownership will not affect any prior liens upon the vehicle(s).

When more than five vehicles that are less than 20 years old were solely owned by the deceased, the remaining vehicles must be disposed of through:

  • An administrator of the estate
  • An executor of the estate
  • A court order

A copy of the death certificate is NOT required when the deceased owner was a Wisconsin resident and death occurred in Wisconsin. A death certificate may be required for residents of other states.

To transfer ownership to your name, please send:

  • Form MV2300
  • Certificate of Title
  • Form MV1
  • $62 transfer fee ($7.50 supplemental title fee is waived from usual $69.50 title fee when transferring to a surviving spouse or domestic partner)

An heir may transfer ownership of a vehicle when a decedent leaves solely owned property not exceeding $50,000 in value.

If a vehicle is titled jointly to you and the deceased, or you have other questions about transferring ownership of a vehicle, please contact WisDOT.

Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service

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Last modified: May 3, 2010

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