Massachusetts (MassDOT) Affidavit of Surviving Spouse (Vehicle)

When a loved one living in Massachusetts passes away, the surviving spouse or other family members may file an affidavit to claim a motor vehicle if the decedent’s will did not specify how to transfer the property, or the decedent left no will. The state prefers surviving spouses – a person married to the decedent at the time of their death, not a partner living in the same home or a former spouse through divorce – to file the affidavit of surviving spouse (vehicle). The surviving spouse must file a copy of the death certificate, along with the affidavit of surviving spouse (vehicle) to claim ownership of motor vehicles.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc).

Step 2 – Enter the following information about the vehicle:

  • License plate number
  • Serial number (VIN)
  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
  • Registered owner shown on DMV records
  • Successor of the Estate (your name)

Step 3 – Sign the form in the presence of a notary public and send to the following address: