The Register of Wills for Anne Arundel County and the Mortor Vehicle Administration include very helpful information for individuals attempting to re-title a vechile owned by a decedent. The following is a link to the MVA website page the provides instructions to transfer title. http://www.mva.maryland.gov/Vehicle-Services/REG/inherit.htm.
In case the link doesn't work, the following is from the MVA website as of April 2011:
If the vehicle is jointly owned, on the existing Maryland Certificate of Title, and you are the surviving owner, this is what you need to do:
If the vehicle is jointly owned, on the existing Maryland Certificate of Title, and you are the surviving owner and you wish to sell or give the vehicle to another person, this is what you need to do:
If the vehicle is jointly owned, on the existing Maryland Certificate of Title, and you are the surviving owner and you wish to give the vehicle to a family member, this is what you need to do:
If the vehicle is owned by the deceased person and its ownership is to be transferred to a legal heir, legatee, distributee or sold, you will need to contact the Register of Wills in the jurisdiction in which the deceased was a resident to confirm that you have all of the necessary documents and obtain the legal heir certification or letters of administration.
When presenting the MVA with letters of testamentary or administration to complete the transfer of ownership for a vehicle, the MVA can accept only the original. The original letters, which are issued by the Register of Wills, have a raised seal.
If you are a legal heir, legatee or distributee this is what you need to do:
If you are the estate executor or administrator this is what you need to do:
Excise tax is six percent (6%) of the fair market value or purchase price of a vehicle as certified on a notarized bill of sale. If a deceased person's Maryland titled vehicle is transferred to a surviving spouse, legal heir, legatee, or distributee they are exempt from paying an excise tax.
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