State laws vary on processing a deceased car owner's title

WROS commonly appears on titles; it means “With Rights of Survivorship.”
WROS commonly appears on titles; it means “With Rights of Survivorship.” | File image

In Nebraska, WROS is commonly used on titles. It means “With Rights of Survivorship,” explaining it will indicate ownership by more than one person separated by the word “OR.” 

WROS can also be used if one of the owners dies. Then the vehicle ownership may be transferred to the other person included in the title. Likewise, the surviving owner can also transfer ownership to the next buyer of the said vehicle, along with the copy of the death certificate of the deceased owner. 

On the contrary, the Nebraska DMV states that “the names are separated with the words AND or AND/OR, do not carry the same meaning as With Rights Of Survivorship. If the term With Rights Of Survivorship does not appear on the title document, the survivor name on the title cannot obtain a title in their name until a county judge decides, in probate proceedings, that the survivor has the right to ownership of the vehicle.”

In Wyoming, you can apply for a new title in your name. Provide the death certificate, the current Wyoming vehicle title, an accomplished Application for Certificate of Title and VIN/HIN Inspection Form, ID with photo and address, and payment for new title fee. 

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