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023-06 Exempt License Plates

Registration and Title Bulletin - #023-06

Date: March 14, 2006

To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: Exempt License Plates


These documents contain text of correspondence sent by TxDOT to the county tax assessor-collectors, statutory agents who provide vehicle registration and titling services for citizens in Texas. This information is provided to apprise the general public of issues affecting the state's vehicle titling and registration process.


To provide information regarding the redesigned Exempt License Plates.


The Vehicle Titles and Registration Division is beginning a statewide program to replace all exempt license plates that are seven (7) years old and older. Plates replaced under this program will be remade with the same plate number and will reflect a two-digit plate replacement year identifier; e.g., 2013 (see attached). The new design will be used only on remakes until the previous design inventory is exhausted. After the initial replacement, we estimate that 40,000 exempt plates will be replaced annually as plates reach seven (7) years of age.


To promote highway safety, Texas law requires that all license plates be made with a reflectorized material that provides effective and dependable brightness for the period for which the plate is issued. All new license plates are manufactured using reflective sheeting.

As the license plates age, the reflective properties diminish, decreasing the legibility and safety provided by the plate, and potentially increasing liability in the event of an accident. For these reasons, we are required to replace plates that reach seven (7) years of age.

Currently, exempt license plates are replaced only if they are lost, stolen or mutilated. Due to the reflectivity diminishing, a replacement year identifier will now be placed on the exempt license plates. This identifier corresponds to seven (7) years from the year when the exempt license plates were manufactured. This also serves as a reminder to exempt agencies that the exempt plates need to be replaced.


If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact your local Vehicle Titles and Registration Division Regional Office.

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