Estate Planning 101

Notifying the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission After a Loved One’s Passing

September 13, 2023

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In the unfortunate event of a loved one's passing, notifying various institutions is an important task. If the deceased held a driver's license or state ID, one such institution to notify is the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC). This ensures the accurate maintenance of records and prevents possible misuse of the deceased's identification.

Who Should Be Notified

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is responsible for managing driver licensing and vehicle registration in the state of New Jersey. If your loved one was a resident of New Jersey and held a driver's license or state ID, it's important to notify the NJMVC.

When to Notify

You should notify the NJMVC as soon as possible after the death of your loved one to prevent misuse or identity theft.

How to Notify

To notify the NJMVC about the death of a loved one, you can mail a copy of the death certificate to the NJMVC Client Correspondence Unit. The address is: NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, Client Correspondence Unit, P.O. Box 016, Trenton, NJ 08666-0016. Be sure to include the deceased's driver's license or ID number if you have it.

What to Expect After Notification

Once the NJMVC receives the death certificate, they will flag the deceased's driver license record, which prevents anyone from conducting transactions on their behalf. This includes renewing a license, obtaining a duplicate license, or transferring vehicle ownership.

Tips for Notification

When mailing the death certificate, it's recommended to send it via certified mail. This provides you with a receipt and ensures that your document reaches the NJMVC. Keep a copy of the death certificate and your certified mail receipt for your records.

Conclusion

Notifying the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission after the death of a loved one is a key step in closing their affairs and protecting their identity. By understanding the process, you can ensure that this task is handled efficiently during a challenging time.

FAQ

Q: Can I notify the NJMVC online or over the phone?
A: Currently, the NJMVC does not provide an online or phone notification service. Notification must be done by mailing a copy of the death certificate.

Q: What if I don't have the deceased's driver's license or ID number?
A: If you don't have the driver's license or ID number, the NJMVC can locate the deceased's record using their full name and date of birth.

Q: Do I need to return the deceased's driver's license or ID card?
A: The NJMVC doesn't require you to return the deceased's driver's license or ID card. However, it should be destroyed to prevent misuse.