Sale of vehicle when the owner has died
In order to transfer ownership of a vehicle when the owner has died, you need to submit a Notification of Sale. You also need to submit some documentation.
A Notification of Sale is only a notification to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that the vehicle has changed owners.
You can submit the Notification of Sale online on Your Page, or fill in the Notification of Sale form (PDF) on paper and hand it in at a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office (trafikkstasjon). When you submit a Notification of Sale online, you should use the facility "Change of ownership in connection with death, bankruptcy or similar"; read more about this here: Submit a Notification of Sale on behalf of a seller.
What documents to attach and how to go about submitting the Notification of Sale will depend on how the division of estate is administered. You can read more about the different ways to divide the estate at Death and inheritance | Norge.no
Private division of estate
If the division of the estate is administered privately and there is only one inheritor, you can submit the Notification of Sale online and attach a certificate from the District Court or City Recorder’s Office (probate certificate). Alternatively, the inheritor can fill in the Notification of Sale on paper and hand it in at a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office (trafikkstasjon). Remember to bring valid proof of identity and the probate certificate.
Notification of Sale online when there are multiple inheritors
In order to submit a the Notification of Sale online, one of the inheritors must submit the Notification and attach the probate certificate along with authorisation from the other inheritors and a copy of their IDs.
Notification of Sale on paper when there are multiple inheritors
If you wish to submit the Notification of Sale on paper, it must be handed in at a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office (trafikkstasjon), and all inheritors must sign it and present proof of identity. The inheritors can also authorise each other to sign on their behalf. You must then bring the authorisation and a copy of the ID of the person who has authorised you when you submit the Notification of Sale. A copy of the probate certificate must be accompany the Notification of Sale.
Public division of the estate
The Notification of Sale is to be signed by the District Court, the City Recorder’s Office or the appointed trustee of the estate. You must submit documentation of the appointment of the trustee along with the Notification of Sale.
Undivided possession of the estate
In the case of an undivided possession of estate, the vehicle may be transferred to the surviving spouse.
You need to upload the certificate of undivided possession in the Notification of Sale on Your Page or show it to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office. If you are submitting the Notification of Sale online, use the facility Submit a Notification of Sale on behalf of a seller.
Remember that insurance must be taken out in the name of the new owner.
A general authorisation form for private division of estate can be found on the website: Forms regarding the division of estates (Courts of Norway). This PDF form (in Norwegian) can be used to authorise someone to take care of everything in connection with administration of the estate.
Write your own authorisation
If the authorisation only is to apply to one specific act, such as signing a Notification of Sale for one or more vehicles belonging to the deceased person’s estate, the inheritors may write their own authorisation. The authorisation must contain:
- Name of the deceased
- Name of the person giving authorisation
- Name of the person to be authorised
- Clear explanation of what the authorisation applies to (example; "I ... have taken over the estate of the deceased for private division, and am hereby authorising … to administer the change of ownership of vehicles belonging to the estate of the deceased – including signing the Notification of Change of Ownership on behalf of the estate – as well as on my own behalf.)
- Place and date
- Signature of the person giving authorisation
Remember to enclose a copy of the identification document for the person giving authorisation.