How Does a Texas Executor of a Deceased’s Estate Transfer an Automobile Title?

In order to transfer title of a vehicle that belongs to a deceased person’s estate, the executor must provide proof that he is authorized to transfer the vehicle. He is required to complete and sign certain documentation as required by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, reports

In order to transfer a vehicle from a deceased person to another individual, there are a few steps the executor of the estate must follow. The first step is to make sure he has a copy of the original testamentary letters that name the individual as executor of the estate, according to The executor takes the place of the deceased in signing over the title of the vehicle.

From there, the executor and the individual taking title to the vehicle must sign their names on the assignment of title, which is located on the back of the vehicle’s original certificate of title. The executor needs to fill in the date and the odometer reading at the time of signing, states

The new owner of the vehicle needs to fill out Form 130-U, an application for Texas title, according to The transfer of the motor vehicle can take place at any local county tax assessors’ office. The executor needs to provide the new owner with an original, sealed copy of the testamentary letters in order to prove to the assessor that the person who signed over title was authorized to do so.