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Register your Vehicle

October 2016 Registration StickerYour vehicle registration sticker displays your license plate number, county of registration and partial vehicle identification number. This customization helps protect you against theft and fraud. Registration expires on the last day of the month shown on your sticker. For example, if your sticker shows a date of 12/16, your registration is valid through the last day of December 2016.

Stickers for motorcycles are smaller and are displayed in the top right corner of the license plate.

Since March 1, 2015, your current registration sticker also serves as proof of vehicle inspection.

How to Register

Your vehicle must have a current passing inspection to qualify for vehicle registration.

Vehicles may be registered in the following ways:



Renew Your
Registration Online!


By Mail

Registration renewal notices are mailed to all registered vehicle owners. To register by mail, send the following to your county tax office:

  • Renewal notice (keep the vehicle owner's section for your records)
  • A copy of your Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) – (a copy can be obtained at
  • Proof of current liability insurance
  • All fees plus $1 mail-in fee


In Person

To register your vehicle in person, take your registration renewal notice and proof of current liability insurance to your county or an approved substation.

If you did not receive your renewal notice, you can renew your registration using your:

  • License plate number
  • Vehicle identification number, or
  • Registration receipt from the previous year.

Most inspection records are available in real time, but there may be instances when the record is not immediately available. If your vehicle passed inspection but the system is unable to electronically verify it, you may present the passing VIR you received from the inspection station to the county at the time of renewal. If you need to show proof of inspection to complete your vehicle’s registration renewal, visit to download, display electronically, or print a copy of the document. Your inspection will be verified manually, and you will be permitted to renew your vehicle registration.

Some counties allow renewals at substations or subcontractors, such as a participating grocery store. If you are renewing your registration at a county subcontractor location, such as your local grocery store, they may not accept your VIR as proof of inspection. Each county determines whether their subcontractors can verify inspection via VIR. If a subcontractor is not permitted to verify via VIR, you will be directed to the county tax office to complete your renewal.

Acceptable forms of payment vary by county. Contact your county tax office for more details.


Cars and Light Trucks

The standard fee for cars and lighter pickup trucks is a base registration fee of $50.75.

Pickup Trucks

Motor vehicles 6,001 to 10,000 pounds, which includes heavier pickup trucks, pay a $54 base registration fee.

Heavy Vehicles

Heavy vehicles, including heavy-duty pickups, motor homes and commercial trucks, will find their registration fees fall into seven weight classifications between 6,001 pounds and 80,000 pounds.


Trailer and travel trailer fees are $45 to register a trailer up to 6,000 pounds.

Mopeds and Motorcycles

The standard fee for mopeds and motorcycles is a base registration fee of $30.

Registration Fees

Your total fees will include the base registration fee, plus a $1 Automation fee (used for improvements to the registration and title system) and $1 for the Department of Public Safety to support the TexasSure insurance verification program and other Department of Public Safety initiatives. You will see these fees itemized on your registration receipt. The state's portion of the inspection fee may be due at the time of registration and will also be line-itemed on your registration renewal notice.

Local county fees will be included in the total amount owed, if applicable. These fees are collected with registration fees through your local County Tax Assessor-Collector's office and range up to $20 depending on the county.

Texas Registration Fees

Texas Inspection Fees

Other Vehicle Types

Pocket bikes and mini scooters (gasoline or battery-powered scooter)

Most of these vehicles do not pass a vehicle safety inspection and cannot be registered or driven on public roads. A secure Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin issued by a manufacturer registered with NHTSA is required to title any motorized vehicle.


To be registered, your moped must be on the approved list of mopeds maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety. In order to title, a secure Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin is required.

Motor Homes

The registration fee is based on weight for cars and trucks, including motor homes. For more information, contact your local county tax assessor-collector office. Proof of liability insurance and inspection is required to register your vehicle.

ATVs and off-highway use vehicles

All-terrain vehicles (three or more wheels, equipped with one or more seats, and not designed by the manufacturer for farm or lawn use) are required to be titled, but may not be registered.

Off-highway motorcycles (two or three wheels) are required to be titled, but not registered.


Boats, boat motors and personal watercraft are registered and titled with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


I’m a Texan currently living out of state. How do I register my vehicle in Texas?

You must register your vehicle in the state or jurisdiction where you currently live, unless you are a full-time student or active military. If you are a student or active military, contact your local county tax office in the Texas county where you last resided for more information.

I have not received my registration renewal notice. What should I do?

You can renew your vehicle without the renewal notice if you provide the following to your county tax office:

  • Registration receipt from the previous year
  • Texas license plate number, or
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Ask your local county tax office to verify your correct mailing address. If you would like to be reminded by email when to renew in the future, sign up for our free eReminder service now.


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I moved to a different address in Texas. How can I ensure that I will receive my registration renewal notice?

It is important to update your address on your motor vehicle record. Updating your address will help ensure you receive your registration renewal notice. Failure to renew your registration is against the law and may result in a fine.


Update Your Address
In Our System

I sold my vehicle, why did I receive a registration renewal notice in the mail?

Renewal notices are printed in advance, and at the time of printing our record still indicated you as the recorded owner. If you think the buyer of your vehicle did not transfer the vehicle title you should file a vehicle transfer notification. This lets us know that you no longer own the vehicle. You should file the transfer notice within 30 days of selling or trading in your vehicle in order to receive the state protection that no longer makes you responsible for that vehicle.

Note: Filing the transfer notification does not transfer vehicle ownership; it simply removes liability for what the new owner may do with your old vehicle. Contact our customer service at (888) 368-4689 or (512) 465-3000 with the VIN of the vehicle you sold for more information.


Submit a
Vehicle Transfer Notification.

Can I legally drive my vehicle after the registration expires?

Yes, for a limited time. A vehicle may be operated up to five working days after the registration expires without penalty. After those five days, you can receive a citation of up to $200.

I lost my registration sticker. How do I obtain a replacement?

You may obtain a replacement sticker from your local county tax assessor-collector’s office for a $6 replacement fee plus the $1 automation fee (to upgrade the registration and title computer system). You may be required to complete and submit Form VTR-60 to your local county tax office.

Form VTR-60 Application for Replacement Vehicle Registration Sticker

I paid my registration renewal online/by mail, but haven't received my sticker. What's wrong?

Registration stickers are provided and mailed by your local county tax office. Please contact your county office, and provide the VIN and license plate number.

How do I get a copy of my registration receipt?

  • TxDMV Regional Service Center
  • County tax office
  • Form VTR-275 

Form VTR-275 Request for Texas Motor Vehicle Information

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