Adding or Removing a Beneficiary
Vehicles with a lienholder, lessor or titled as Tenants in Common may not carry a Transfer on Death beneficiary. A maximum of three vehicle owners and the beneficiary can be listed on a Certificate of Title.
Beneficiaries may be added (or removed) by a legal owner at any time, including during other transactions such as applying for a duplicate title or when removing a lienholder or buying out a lease. Multiple vehicle owners cannot each have a different beneficiary.
The owner must submit the Certificate of Title, a Transfer on Death Application (VP 239) and a $20 Title Fee. We will mail the new title with the beneficiary listed in approximately eight weeks. It is not necessary to renew or update the vehicle registration.
All owner(s) may have to sign the Transfer on Death Application (VP 239) depending on how they are listed on the title. Owners should not sign the title itself.
- If the title says 'person 1' AND 'person 2', all parties must sign the VP 239 form.
- If the title says 'person 1' OR 'person 2', either party can sign without the other.
If you do not have the existing Certificate of Title, you must submit an Application for Duplicate Title and, if necessary, a Lien Release. This is for vehicles that were last titled in Nevada. If the vehicle was last titled in another state, you must obtain a duplicate title from that state and then obtain a Nevada title.
You may submit the title or other forms, the Transfer on Death Application and title fee at any DMV Full Service Office or by mail.
If you choose the mail, for your protection, we suggest you use registered or certified mail. Please include an explanation letter with your full name, current address and daytime telephone number and Vehicle Identification Number. Mail this, the above documents and a check or money order payable to DMV or a Payment Authorization for $20 to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711
The procedures to remove or change a beneficiary are the same as above. Check the appropriate box on the Transfer on Death Application.
The beneficiary will be removed if a lienholder or lessor is later added to the title (e.g. a loan is taken out on the vehicle).