Motor Vehicles

Deceased Estates & motor vehicles

This is a brief summary. For more detail see VicRoads "deceased estate pack"

To locate this information on the VicRoads site (www.vicroads.vic.gov.au), use their search function to search for "deceased estate".

This following information came from www.vicroads.vic.gov.au but it is not static, so if someone at VicRoads tells you something different you need to view them as the authority.

No transfer duty if

There is no (vehicle transfer) duty if:

  1. "the transfer of registration of a motor vehicle . . . is to a beneficiary of a deceased estate

  2. "the transfer of registration is to a surviving spouse or de facto who has acquired the vehicle through an entitlement to the estate of the deceased."

Deceased Estates

When a transfer application is received for a vehicle being transferred from a deceased estate, VicRoads must be satisfied that:

  1. the person administering the estate is the legal representative (the executor or administrator of the estate)
  2. any signature that appears on the seller's portion of the transfer application is that of the legal representative
  3. be satisfied that the executor or administrator acting in relation to the vehicle transfer has the permission of any other executor or administrator. 

In the case of an executor of a will, a copy of the section of the will that appoints the executor should be provided, and where an administrator is appointed, the letters of administration granted by the Supreme Court of Victoria should accompany the application.

Where more than one legal representative exists, the person acting in relation to the vehicle is required to provide a letter signed by any other legal representatives nominating the person to act in respect of the vehicle transfer.

 Deceased with a will

  1. proof of death (a copy of the death certificate)
  2. a copy of the will or a letter from the executor declaring the vehicle is to be transferred to the spouse or domestic partner*
  3. a completed Vehicle Registration Transfer form, upon which the executor is clearly nominated, signed on behalf of the estate by that executor and noting that the registered operator is deceased.

* For more information about domestic partners, contact VicRoads on 13 11 71.

(ii) if the beneficiary is not the surviving spouse or domestic partner*:

  1. proof of death (a copy of the death certificate)
  2. a copy of the will or a letter from the executor declaring the vehicle is to be transferred to the beneficiary
  3. a completed Vehicle Registration Transfer form, upon which the executor is clearly nominated, signed on behalf of the estate by that executor and noting that the registered operator is deceased
  4. transfer fee
  5. a current Certificate of Roadworthiness

* For more information about domestic partners, contact VicRoads on 13 11 71.

(iii) if the vehicle is to be temporarily transferred to the executor:

  1. proof of death (a copy of the death certificate)
  2. a copy of the will (noting the name of the executor and the date of the will)
  3. a statutory declaration stating that they are administering the estate, nominating the vehicle number/s and the basis of their authority to dispose of the vehicle/s.

(iv) if the vehicle is to be transferred to any other person:

Transfer to any other person requires all normal transfer requirements to be met

  1. a completed Vehicle Registration Transfer form, upon which the executor is clearly nominated, signed on behalf of the estate by that executor and noting that the registered operator is deceased
  2. transfer fee
  3. a current Certificate of Roadworthiness
  4. motor vehicle duty.

When a vehicle operator dies leaving a will, transfer of any vehicles registered in the name of the deceased require the following:


(The VicRoads site also has information about what happens if the deceased did not leave a Will)