How do I cancel a driver's license?

My father died about a week ago and I’m in charge of everything regarding his estate and affairs. One of the things on my checklist is to cancel his driver’s license. How do I do it?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Sorry for your loss. The death of a loved one is never easy, but hopefully, this information will help.
To cancel a driver’s license, you can visit your local DMV or do so through the mail.
If you want to cancel the driver’s license in person:
  1. Bring the original death certificate or a notarized copy of the original to the DMV.
  2. Explain to the clerk what you want to do.
  3. Fill out any necessary forms.
If you want to cancel the driver’s license by mail:
  1. Find the necessary address of the main DMV or Secretary of State’s office online.
  2. Write a letter explaining what you want to do.
  3. Mail in a notarized copy of the death certificate and the original driver’s license, along with your letter.
You will also need to cancel your father’s
car insurance
, as well as transfer his car title and registration into your name (if you decide to keep the vehicle).
Once you’ve transferred the car into your name, just make sure to purchase a new car insurance policy. You can find a great rate by comparing premiums on the
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