If a deceased person’s estate isn’t going through probate then you, as an heir may transfer the title or interest of a vehicle or vessel without probate. This is only done for vehicles or vessels that are registered in the State of California. All you must do is fill out An Affidavit for Transfer Without Probate-California Titled Vehicles or Vessels Only.
To transfer ownership, you will need to submit several items to the Department of Motor Vehicles, such as:
-California Certificate of Title;
-Affidavit for Transfer Without Probate-California Titled Vehicles or Vessels Only,
-A completed Statement of Facts form,
-A death certificate for each deceased owner,
-An Odometer Disclosure Statement, and
-The fee for transfer.