In New York, you can transfer a car after death without a probate proceeding in some instances.
If the car is worth $25,000 or less it will be transferred to the spouse by executing DMV documents and no probate is necessary. If there is no spouse, it goes to the children under 21.
If there are multiple vehicle or a vehicle valued at more than $25,000, there will need to be a probate proceeding to transfer the car. EPTL 5-3.1
To transfer the car without a probate proceeding, you will need:
A notarized Form MV-349,
A copy of the death certificate, and
A signed title.