Unless otherwise provided in the last will and testament of a decedent, any motor vehicle(s) owned by the decedent shall belong, and title to them shall pass, to the surviving spouse.
(1) The trust account.”>assets of the estate, pay debts, and distribute residue to those entitled to it.”>administrator of the division of motor vehicles shall register the motor vehicle(s) in the name of the surviving spouse upon presentation to the division of motor vehicles of:
(i) A certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse;
(ii) Registration(s) of the motor vehicle(s) of the deceased spouse.
(2) No fee shall be charged to the surviving spouse for issuance of a new certificate of title.
(3) A surviving spouse shall not be charged a registration fee during the year he or she is registering the vehicle(s) in his or her name and having a new certificate of title issued,
(i) Where the deceased spouse registered that motor vehicle(s) with the division of motor vehicles; and
(ii) Paid the registration fees provided in § 31-6-1 for the motor vehicle(s) for the year.
(4) Where the deceased spouse did not register the motor vehicle(s) or failed to pay a registration fee pursuant to § 31-6-1 for the year in which the surviving spouse appears to register the motor vehicle(s) and have a new title certificate issued in his or her name, then the surviving spouse shall pay a pro rata amount of the annual registration fee for the remaining months of the year.
(P.L. 1972, ch. 98, § 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 285, § 1; P.L. 2010, ch. 239, § 27.)