Chelan County Auditor
Special Topics in Titling
Inheriting a Vehicle
If the estate of the deceased has been settled through legal action, then we will need the court documentation in order to proceed with the title change, and nothing in section 2 below will apply. Note that the Department of Licensing cannot accept a will as legal proof of inheritance.
- When the estate is settled through legal action. For those owners whose estates were administered, probated, or court ordered, you will need to present the following:
- Certified Letters Testamentary, or letters of administration, or certificate of County Clerk TD420-041
- And…. The title
- When the estate is not being settled through the courts, one of the following will apply:
If You Have These…
Bring These Items
If the phrase “Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship” or JTWRS appears on the title
If you have a Community Property Agreement
When none of the above apply, the estate has not been administered
*Affidavit of Inheritance will need to be signed by the surviving spouse, or if none, all parties in the next tier of inheritance, such as all children of the deceased. Signatures need to be notarized, though if you come to our office we can provide a certification of signatures, which is accepted by DOL.
Gifting a Vehicle
Vehicles are eligible for gifting as long as the current owner did not receive the vehicle in the same manner. When signing the title over, enter the word 'gift' as the sales price. If the gifting is between family members, indicate this by entering something such as “gift to son.”
Use tax on the fair market value of the vehicle may be due on the transaction. If the person gifting the vehicle is from a state or province that collects sales tax and if they have owned the vehicle 7 or more years, then tax is not due when both can be sufficiently documented. Use tax will be collected, however, when the vehicle is coming from a state or province that does not charge sales or use tax.
The DOL website has detailed information for many other topics in titling.
Posted: 12/15/2014 01:44 PM
Last Updated: 01/13/2023 02:26 PM