When my father passed away, I brought his car down to California from Seattle. It had a Washington title
, and I went to Washington DMV to find out what I needed to do to take it.
They told me to simply take it and title
and register it in my state of residence. They could not transfer a Washington title
to me, in my name, because I don't live in Washington. Sounds logical, right?
When I went to California DMV, I had his death certificate and all the proper papers indicating I was the correct heir and was entitled to ownership of the vehicle.
California DMV would not transfer the title, claiming I had to have a Washington title in MY name first, or have the Washington titled signed off by the previous owner.
Me... "He is a little Dead"
DMV " we are sorry about your loss, Ma'am"
Me.."I don't live in Washingtonm how can I get it titled there?"
DMV.. " we don't know, but we can't transfer an out of state title unless it's in your name or have a signature"
Me.. "What if I had purchesaed it from out of state and brought it in with the old owners title?"
DMV.. "Oh, that would be different, because the previous owner would have signed it off"
Me.. "So.. all these probate papers mean nothing?"
DMV.. "We don't even know what those are, they are from Washington"
Keep in mind, I never changed my last name when I married, and it's a unique one. What are the chances that someone with the same wacky last name, in thier 30s, carrying a death certificate from a 67 year old man are NOT a duaghter?????
I called Washington DMV again. They laughed and said they have LOTs of problems with California DMV. The woman I talked to actually gave me a fake Washington address and sent me a new title.. which I took to California DMV and they transfered with no questions asked.