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Is it ok to renew a deceased loved ones car registration online during probate as long as you don't sign the name?

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My grandma died recently, left me the car verbally, mom and siblings are fighting through probate now. (No Will)Car registration is up and needs admissions done as well. Mom's telling me it's ok to do as long as there is no signing of any name on the form. I don't want this to mess anything up on our part , I'm not even sure I should be driving this around?

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If the person registering the car is not the owner and they "click" they are attesting as to who they are - if the car was owned by the decedent it is under the purview of the executor/administrator and it is that person's job to take responsibility for it. It also needs to be insured so someone has to be responsible for that.

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No. Here's the deal. If you (or the Personal Rep) has questions about this simple issue, then there are a dozen other legal landmines that he or she needs help with. Get an attorney to help administer the estate.

To quickly answer this question, the car still belongs to the deceased person's estate. No one is entitled to drive the car. (I am aware that sometimes a car may need to be driven a short distance to be stored. However, technically that is not permitted either. The options for the Personal Representative are to (1) sell the car or (2) transfer the car to one of the beneficiaries. This is more complicated than I have time to write about. The Personal Representative needs to talk to an attorney.

If you retitle the car to your name, it is theft. Don't do it. And contact an attorney. Especially if the family is fighting.

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each state is different, so you'd need to look at Arizona's statutes/laws and/or ask a Az lawyer, but if i were you, id be very hesitant to do this, it is very likely a crime or at the very minimum not allowed.

Paul E Deloughery

Paul E Deloughery


Don't be "hesitant". Just don't re-register the car and/or drive it.

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