The Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) provides a reasonable assurance that the seller is the rightful owner of the vehicle.
The TOD assists consumers in several ways. The TOD shows:
The TOD helps the purchaser make an informed buying decision and should be viewed prior to purchasing a vehicle. It is not intended to eliminate the need for further action to protect yourself when buying a vehicle.
The TOD is part of the vehicle registration card. The person selling the vehicle must fill in the date and odometer reading and sign in the space provided. The purchaser must also sign. After completion, the seller separates the registration card, keeping the left portion and giving the right portion (TOD) to the purchaser to present when the vehicle is re-registered.
In the case of an unregistered vehicle, an Ownership Document is provided on request. The registration portion of the document is voided and only the vehicle/owner information is printed.
In most cases, when you buy a used vehicle, you’ll need a TOD to register the vehicle. The following applications for registration do not require a TOD:
When the registered owner dies, the vehicle registration remains valid until it expires or is cancelled. However, you must notify us, through your Autopac agent, about the owner's death.
Transferring ownership from the deceased to a new owner requires certain documentation.
For all vehicles acquired from an Estate you must have a Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD), as well as other supporting documents which provide proof of ownership.
When a vehicle owned by an estate is sold to a third party, a bill of sale (signed by the estate executor or disposer) is required, in addition to the other documents listed here.
Situation 1 - Will Not Probated
If there is a will but it is not probated, you will require the following documents:
Situation 2 - No Will and No Letters of Administration
If there is no will and no Letters of Administration, you will require the following documents:
Situation 3 - Probated Will
If there is a probated will, you will require the following documents:
Situation 4 - No Will but Letters of Administration Obtained
If there is no will but letters of Administration have been obtained, you will require the following documents:
Situation 5 - Joint Owners
When vehicles are jointly owned, they do not automatically fall into the estate of the deceased person. Instead, they pass to the surviving joint owner(s). To have a vehicle registered solely in the name of the surviving joint owner(s), you will require the following documents:
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