Transferring a Vehicle in Texas for Estate Planning: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you are planning to transfer a vehicle as part of your estate planning in Texas, you will need to follow the process outlined by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Here is a step-by-step guide on how to transfer a vehicle using a DPS form:

  1. Obtain the appropriate form: You will need to use the Vehicle Transfer Notification (Form VTR-346) to transfer a vehicle as part of an estate. You can download this form from the DPS website or obtain it from a local DPS office.
  2. Fill out the form: You will need to provide the following information on the form:
  • The name and address of the person transferring the vehicle (the seller)
  • The name and address of the person receiving the vehicle (the buyer)
  • The make, model, and VIN of the vehicle
  • The date of the sale
  • The selling price of the vehicle
  • The odometer reading at the time of the sale
  1. Have the form signed and notarized: Both the seller and the buyer must sign the form in the presence of a notary public.
  2. Submit the form to the DPS: You can submit the completed and signed form either by mail or in person at a local DPS office. You will also need to provide proof of ownership, such as a title or bill of sale.
  3. Pay the transfer fee: There is a fee of $5.50 to transfer a vehicle in Texas. You can pay this fee by cash, check, or money order.
  4. Obtain a new title: Once the transfer is complete, the buyer will receive a new title in their name. It is important to keep this title in a safe place, as it is proof of ownership for the vehicle.

It is a good idea to consult with an attorney or a DPS representative if you have any questions about the vehicle transfer process. They can help ensure that the transfer is completed smoothly and that all necessary steps are followed.