Inheriting Vehicles – Sample Checklist Before You Go to the DMV

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[author: Jody H. Hall]

As a probate paralegal, I spend a decent amount of time helping families transfer assets and completing forms.  One of the more common questions that I get is “What does one need to do and take to the DMV to transfer a vehicle title to the beneficiary?”  I typically go through the steps and let the client know all of the information they should have handy; however recently I discovered an awesome checklist from the Denver DMV.  While they state that this is specific to Denver County and you should check with the specific county, this is a really good starting point for all Colorado titles.

And if you are transferring the Colorado vehicle title via small estate affidavit, the Colorado Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles has its own Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property Pursuant to Small Estate Proceeding that should be used instead of the one available from the Colorado Judicial Branch.

I will admit I was kind of excited to find this checklist and be able to give it to clients.  I hope this makes things just a little bit quicker for you as well.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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