What Happens to Bike Insurance Policy When the Policyholder Dies?

When it comes to two-wheelers in India, having third-party bike insurance is mandatory for all. But what happens to this policy when the unfortunate event of the policyholder's death occurs? Read on to learn everything about the procedure involving a bike insurance policy in case of the sudden demise of the policyholder.

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What Happens After the Policyholder's Death?

Life is unpredictable, and dealing with the death of a loved one is emotionally challenging. Once the family is ready to handle the paperwork, sorting out the bike insurance becomes crucial.

In the event of the policyholder's death, the two-wheeler's ownership is passed on to the legal heir. Consequently, the two-wheeler insurance policy needs to be transferred to the legal heir's name, provided the same policy is active and valid. However, if it has expired, the legal heir can renew or purchase third-party or comprehensive bike insurance online.

Transferring the bike insurance involves a few steps and required documents. Most importantly, the legal heir must inform the insurance company promptly about the policy transfer.

Additionally, there are several entities involved while transferring the bike insurance after the policyholder's death, which is explained below:

  1. Insurance Provider

    The insurance company must be informed about the policyholder's death as soon as possible. This helps them to update policy details, issue a new bike insurance policy document to the legal heir, and make the necessary modifications (if needed).

  2. Nominee or Legal Heir

    The next important entity is the nominee or legal heir of the policyholder. Usually, it is specified when purchasing a policy so that the insurance company can directly transfer the policy to their name. If no nominee is mentioned, the legal heir of the policyholder can carry out the transfer procedure.

  3. Regional Transport Office (RTO)

    Before initiating the insurance transfer process, the nominee must visit the RTO for the RC (Registration Certificate) transfer. Additionally, if the two-wheeler has an active loan, an NOC (No Objection Certificate) needs to be issued from the bank.

To transfer the RC of the bike, below is the list:

  • Registration Certificate
  • Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate
  • Two-wheeler's chassis imprint
  • Two-wheeler insurance policy documents
  • NOC from the bank (in case of an active loan)
  • Legal heir's identity and address proof (Aadhaar Card, Voter ID, Ration Card, Passport, etc.)
  • Death Certificate of the policyholder
  • Details of the two-wheeler, along with the sales certificate
  • Succession Certificate
  • Application for transfer of ownership (Form 31)
  • Form 29 and Form 30 (if required)

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Natural Succession of Bike Insurance Transfer After Policyholder's Death

In the case of a policyholder's death, there are two common scenarios of natural succession:

  1. Spouse as Legal Heir

    In case the policyholder's demise, their spouse becomes the legal heir. According to the rule of natural succession, policy is transferred to their name. Even in most cases, the policyholder mentions their spouse's name in the nominee column while buying a bike insurance policy. Remember, the process is smoother if the nominee and legal heir are the same. Contact the insurance company to check the nominee details if there is any confusion.

  2. Child as Legal Heir

    The policy can be transferred to the child when the deceased policyholder is a single parent. The legal heir is determined through due process, when the policyholder has more than one kid. The transfer process becomes smoother if the child's name is already mentioned as the nominee during the purchase process.

    However, if the deceased policyholder is single/unmarried, the policy can transferred to the specified nominee or the legal heir mentioned while they purchased the policy.

Mandatory Documents Required for Transferring Bike Insurance Policy After Policyholder's Death

The legal heir of the deceased policyholder has to submit the following documents to transfer the policy to their name:

  • Registration Certificate (RC)
  • Policyholder's Death Certificate
  • Active Two-wheeler insurance policy document
  • RTO forms for transferring policy
  • PUC Certificate
  • NOC from the bank (if there's an active loan)
  • An affidavit attested by a Notary mentioning the bike insurance can be transferred to the legal heir's name
  • Succession Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate (if the spouse is the legal heir)
  • Self-attested PAN card or Aadhaar card copy

Things to Keep in Mind While Transferring Bike Insurance Policy After Policyholder's Death

Keep these essential points in mind during the bike insurance transfer process:

  • Determine the legal heir without conflict.
  • Contact the insurance company promptly for the name change in the policy document.
  • Visit RTO for the Registration Certificate (RC) transfer as soon as possible.
  • Keep all the mandatory documents handy.
  • Avoid riding the two-wheeler if the bike insurance policy has lapsed or expired.
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  • If needed you can buy bike insurance add-ons to enhance your policy coverage.
  • Seek help from a professional lawyer if needed.

Final Words!

Transferring a bike insurance policy after the policyholder's death is convenient if you have all the required documents. The nominee or legal heir should complete the necessary formalities immediately. Avoid riding the two-wheeler before the insurance transfer to avoid penalties. Dealing with such situations can be challenging, but understanding the process can make it more manageable.

Disclaimer: Policybazaar does not endorse, rate or recommend any particular insurer or insurance product offered by an insurer.

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