My daughter bought a car and her mothers boyfriend co-signed. Well, they broke up and he moved back to Ohio. About a year or so ago, the ex-boyfriend died. His name is still on the title. She refinanced it with me as a co-signer. How do we get him removed from the car title?
Probate is probably as good a place as any.
First, look at Texas DMV form VTR-130-UIF. That may not solve your problem, but it's a place to start.
Next, you need some kind of proof that the ex is dead. Go to the Ohio Vital Statistics and see if you can get a death certificate. If not that way, contact the funeral home and see if they will help. Or a family member. A newspaper obituary might help.
Next, take this information to a local DMV office and ask for help. This is not the first time this issue has come up and these people can be very helpful. Take all your documents; be polite and patient.
You will also need Texas DMV Form 130-U. I'm not positive this is the right form but it will have the needed information for the DMV clerk. The clerks want to help you get this done so take their advice and I believe you will get where you want to go. This may not be easy so keep trying.
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