According to the NJ MVC website, a vehicle registered in the name of a decedent may be operated for 30 days after the date of death. All documents must be brought to a motor vehicle agency or full service agency to complete the transaction.
If the title is in both the husband and wife’s name:
Submit the old title, a copy of the death certificate and a notarized Affidavit (Form BA-62)
- The $60 title fee will apply (the existing registration can be transferred for an additional $4.50). If the vehicle was left in a will:
- Submit the old title properly assigned by the executor of the estate and a Surrogate's Short Certificate
- Pay the $60 title fee (the existing registration can be transferred to an immediate member of the family for $4.50)
To transfer ownership to the Estate:
- Apply for a Entity Identification Number (EIN – formerly CorpCode).
- Once received, bring the EIN, the old title, the Surrogate's Short Certificate (obtained through the probate or administration process), and your driver’s license as proof of identification to a motor vehicle agency.
- Pay the $60 title fee (or $85 for a financed vehicle title fee)
- In addition, a new registration and proof of New Jersey insurance in the estate name is necessary if the vehicle will be operated.
The MVC accepts American Express® card, Visa® card, MasterCard®, Discover card®, check, money order or cash.