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Selling a Car of a Deceased Individual in Arizona: A Step-by-Step Guide

Selling the car of a deceased loved one can be a challenging process, requiring careful attention to legal requirements and paperwork. At Amicus Estate Transition Services, we understand the complexities involved and are here to guide you through the steps. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with a step-by-step process for selling a car when the owner has passed away in Arizona. To learn more about our estate transition services, visit our website at

Step 1: Obtain a Death Certificate
The first crucial step in selling a car of a deceased individual is obtaining a certified death certificate. As an immediate family member, spouse, or legal representative, you can order the death certificate from your local Arizona vital records office. This document serves as essential proof in the title transfer process.

Step 2: Complete the Non-Probate Affidavit Form
To facilitate the transfer of the vehicle's title from the deceased owner to the new owner, you must complete the Non-Probate Affidavit Form. This mandatory form, required by the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division, includes important information such as the date and place of death of the deceased individual, as well as details about the vehicle itself. By filling out this form, you confirm your rightful claim to the vehicle through intestate succession or a will.

Step 3: Sign and Notarize the Non-Probate Affidavit Form
After completing the Non-Probate Affidavit Form, it must be signed and notarized. You will need to sign the form in the presence of a certified notary or an MVD agent. By signing the affidavit, you affirm that the vehicle's value does not exceed $50,000 and that you are the rightful heir to the property. Along with the notarized form, you will submit the vehicle's title, the deceased individual's death certificate, and your state-issued identification.

Step 4: Pay the Title Transfer Fee and Complete the Process
Upon submitting the required documents, you will be required to pay the Arizona vehicle title transfer fee of $4, along with any applicable back registration fees. Ensuring that all outstanding fees and registrations are up to date is essential before the title can be transferred into your name. Once the payment is complete and the necessary paperwork is submitted, the title transfer process will be initiated, officially transferring the car into your ownership.

Navigating the process of selling a car belonging to a deceased individual in Arizona can be overwhelming. At Amicus Estate Transition Services, we specialize in estate transitions and can provide expert guidance throughout the process. Our team of professionals is dedicated to helping you smoothly handle estate matters while honoring your loved one's memory. To learn more about our services and receive personalized assistance, visit our website at Trust us to be your partner in navigating the complexities of estate transitions and ensuring a seamless experience.