How do you transfer ownership of a car when the owner dies?
To transfer ownership of a car, contact the DVLA to let them know you are a personal representative, and the owner of the car has passed away – they will ask for the date they died and your relationship to the person. If the car in question must be moved before ownership is transferred, the designated driver must contact their insurance company to get appropriate cover beforehand.
How do I inform DVLA of a death?
To inform the DVLA of a death, write a letter to let them know you are dealing with the deceased’s estate and will be selling the vehicle. Enclose the right part of the V5C log book with your letter which should also state the date they died and your relationship to the deceased.
What is the address of the DVLA Case Sensitive team?
The address for the DVLA Sensitive Casework team is:
DVLA Sensitive Casework Team
How does an executor sell a deceased person's car?
If you are dealing with the deceased’s financial affairs as an executor and would like to sell the vehicle to IsYourCarAvailable, we need a solicitor’s letter showing you have permission to sell the car. Alongside a letter, we will need to view the death certificate and your photo ID (passport or driving license accepted) of the person bringing the car to us.
We aim to ensure the whole process of selling a deceased person’s car is straightforward for you. The application process starts online, and your valuation is guaranteed for four days after you obtain your price. Where there is outstanding finance, we will happily settle the balance and refund you the difference. Please ensure you have an up-to-date settlement figure from the lender alternatively, one of our vehicle appraisers can help obtain this for you.
If we buy the vehicle, the funds will be paid into your bank account within three days.
You may wish to take the vehicle to an authorised treatment facility, you can search local facilities on the DVLA website.
For bereavement support, contact www.cruse.org.uk