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The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is monitoring the impacts of Hurricane Harvey closely and working with state officials, county tax assessor-collectors and others to maintain or restore services in affected areas.

Motor Carrier
Permitting

Movement of Oversize/Overweight Loads in Texas Disaster Areas

Motor carriers transporting oversize and/or overweight loads for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts have two options:

1. Permit Waiver per Gov. Greg Abbott’s Declaration of Disaster

Are you moving an oversize and/or overweight non-divisible load associated with activities related to the disaster and for which the TxDMV would normally issue a permit?

If yes, you are not required to obtain a permit at this time. Instead print the Governor’s waiver and carry it in your vehicle. The declaration is found here:
Gov. Greg Abbott’s Waiver

View and print the TxDMV’s Waiver Notice and important restrictions here:
TxDMV’s Waiver Notice

Both documents are linked here: Documents

If your load is overheight, you may use the “Bid Route” feature in the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS) at https://txpros.txdmv.gov/ to route loads safely. Enter your height only and leave all other fields blank to use this feature during the Hurricane emergency. For information on other restrictions go here: Permit Restrictions

For a more accurate route than the bid route tool, contact us for routing assistance at 1-800-299-1700, option 2.

The Governor’s declaration waives all permitting requirements, including curfews and normal escort requirements. Vehicles may travel at night up to 10-feet wide without an escort and with front and rear escorts if exceeding 10-feet wide.

2. MAP-21 Emergency Relief Permit per President Donald Trump’s Emergency Declarations and Declarations of Disaster for Hurricanes/Tropical Storms Harvey and Irma

If you are moving a load that is overweight only to:

  • Deliver a load that consists entirely of relief supplies. Relief supplies include but are not limited to medicine, medical equipment, food supplies (including for livestock), water, and materials for building temporary structures, or
  • Transport materials from the area, such as debris, in order to facilitate the delivery of relief supplies, provided the removal expedites the clearing of roadways, staging areas, or locations for temporary structures to facilitate delivery of relief supplies.

If so, you may self-issue a MAP-21 Emergency Permit through the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS). https://txpros.txdmv.gov/ Permit is not valid for loads leaving the area with exception of those removing debris.

A copy of the President’s declaration must be carried with the permit. The declaration can be found on the FEMA website: https://www.fema.gov/disasters

The MAP-21 Emergency Permit allows for travel on all state and federal roads, including the interstate highway system. The permit may not be used for overwidth, overlength, or overheight loads.

See permit for a complete list of movement conditions and restrictions.

Emergency Relief Permit

Apportioned Registration/
Temp Permits

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has suspended certain vehicle registration requirements related to Apportioned Registration, also known as the International Registration Plan (IRP), and Temporary Permits for operators of commercial motor vehicles involved in Hurricanes/Tropical Storms Harvey and Irma disaster relief in Texas and other states. The suspension covers:

  • International Registration Plan (IRP) vehicle registration under Transportation Code, Section 502.091 and 43 TAC 217.56 to the extent the vehicle is not already registered under IRP, as long as the motor vehicle is registered in one of the 48 contiguous states of the United States; and
  • 72-/144-hour temporary registration permits under Transportation Code, Section 502.094 and 43 TAC 217.40(b)(3), as long as the vehicle is registered in another state of the United States or a state of the United Mexican States.

The suspension is needed to make it faster and easier for operators of commercial motor vehicles from Texas and other states to provide assistance to both Texas and Louisiana by temporarily waiving vehicle registration requirements to travel in and through the state of Texas. Although smaller passenger vehicles are granted free vehicle registration in Texas via registration reciprocity agreements with other states, commercial motor vehicles are not granted free vehicle registration under such agreements.

These suspensions will expire on October 18th.

Here are links that show waivers in other states and at the federal level for IRP and IFTA, as well as other useful information related to disaster relief:

Vehicle Titles &
Registration

Texas residents in counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey will not have to worry about vehicle titling and registration requirements for the next 45 days. On August 31, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott suspended certain statutes related to the enforcement of title and registration laws in the 58 counties included in the state’s disaster declaration:

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Law enforcement officers around the state will not issue citations for expired registration to Texas residents from these counties through October 16, 2017. The state has instructed law enforcement only to issue warnings if vehicles do not have a current registration displayed.

Texans living in the disaster declaration counties as well as those who were displaced and temporarily living in other counties may still choose to renew online at www.TxDMV.gov or www.Texas.gov.

Governor Abbott has also extended the requirement that newly purchased vehicles be transferred into the purchaser’s name from 30 days to 75 days in the affected counties, preventing late penalties from being assessed.

The following request was approved by the Office of the Governor:

Gov. Greg Abbott’s Harvey Waiver

Insurance
Companies

In an effort to ease the burden on vehicle owners by streamlining the processing of nonrepairable vehicles damaged by Hurricane Harvey, Governor Greg Abbott has waived the 30-day waiting period and requirement for insurance companies to provide two written notices to the last known address of each owner before applying for a nonrepairable title when unable to obtain the title from the owner. TxDMV has created a special title application form to be used by insurance companies that acquire ownership or possession of a motor vehicle through payment of a claim as a result of the storm and its aftermath. Insurers will use this form when a vehicle’s owner does not or cannot surrender the title.

Temporary Application Process for Vehicles Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Application and Statement of Fact for Hurricane Harvey Impacted Vehicles (Form VTR-441-HRV)

Flood-Damaged Vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if my car sustained flood damage in Hurricane Harvey?
A: You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

Q: Will my insurance cover flood damage?
A: According to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), if you have comprehensive auto coverage, you are covered for flood damage to your car. Visit tdi.texas.gov for more details on insurance coverage.

Q: Will I need to provide my vehicle title to my insurance company? What if my title was lost or damaged in the flood?
A: Your insurance provider may request the title for your vehicle. You can obtain a certified copy of title in person at any TxDMV Regional Service Center If you are unable to visit a TxDMV Regional Service Center, you can apply for a certified copy of title by mailing the Application for a Certified Copy of Title (Form VTR-34) to:

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
1601-A Southwest Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX 76302

Note: The address the certified copy of title will be mailed to must be a deliverable address. Some addresses may not be deliverable in the aftermath of the storm.

Q: How do I obtain a duplicate registration receipt for my vehicle?
A: If you need a duplicate registration/inquiry receipt, you will need to complete a Request for Duplicate Registration/Inquiry Receipt for Hurricane Harvey Impacted Vehicles (Form VTR-275-HRV). You can submit the complete form and a photo copy of your government issued photo identification to any county tax assessor-collector’s office, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Regional Service Center, or by mail to:.

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
4000 Jackson Avenue
Austin, TX 78731

Q: How do I obtain my title if there is a lien on my vehicle?
A: If you need a certified copy of title and there is a lien on the motor vehicle record, you will need to contact the lienholder to obtain a release of lien. Your insurance provider should let you know if you need to contact the lienholder.

Q: What should I do if the loss of my vehicle due to flood damage is not covered by insurance?
A: In the event the loss to your motor vehicle is not covered by insurance, there are additional steps for you to pursue. You have the option of applying for either a salvage title or a nonrepairable title, depending on the level of damage sustained. If the repair costs are more than the cash value of the vehicle immediately prior to the damage, but can be repaired, your vehicle can be considered a salvage vehicle. If your vehicle sustained significant damage and cannot be repaired, rebuilt, reconstructed, or made operable for use on a public highway, it is considered a nonrepairable motor vehicle.

Q: How can I be sure whether I need to apply for a salvage vehicle or a nonrepairable title?
A: In order to make this determination, you should obtain an appraisal of the repair cost. A salvage motor vehicle is a motor vehicle that has damage to or is missing a major component part to the extent that the cost of repairs exceeds the actual cash value of the motor vehicle immediately before the damage. A nonrepairable motor vehicle is a motor vehicle that is damaged, wrecked, or burned to the extent that the only residual value of the vehicle is as a source of parts or scrap metal. To apply for a salvage or nonrepairable title, complete the Application for a Salvage or Nonrepairable Vehicle Title (Form VTR-441), and mail it to:

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
ATTN: Title Control Systems
P.O. Box 26450
Austin, Texas 78755-0450

Q: Is it legal to sell a salvaged, nonrepairable or flood-damaged vehicle in Texas?
A: Yes, as long as the title properly reflects this condition so that buyer is aware.

Q: How can I avoid buying a salvage, nonrepairable or flood-damaged vehicle?
A: Do a Title Check. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is run through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), a national consumer protection database that provides title information from states across the country. Whether you are buying from a local dealer, individual or eyeing a vehicle from an online auction website, it will help you to know what you are buying before you pay any money or sign any paperwork for the vehicle. A report from the NMVTIS database gives you the vehicle’s title history, which includes whether the vehicle was ever in the possession of a junk or salvage yard or declared a “total loss” by an insurance company.

Office Closures

  • All TxDMV facilities are open.

Bryan Wilson

bryan wilsonBryan Wilson serves as the director of the Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA). He works with the authority to reduce the incidence or automobile burglary and thefts by providing grants to local law enforcement agencies.

Wilson has more than 25 years of experience serving the courts and state since 1988. Prior to joining TxDMV, Wilson served as grants administrator for the Texas Indigent Defense Commission which distributes approximately $30 million in grants per year to all Texas Counties. He also established the grant program and administration that supported the Texas Supreme Court Permanent Judicial Commission on Children Youth and Families. He has also worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) as a probation officer, grants administrator for the Treatment Alternative to Incarceration program, and program director for the Office of General Counsel.

Wilson holds a Masters of Public Administration from Texas Tech University.

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