Registration and Title Bulletin - #014-07
Date: May 16, 2007
To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors
Subject: Title Assignments by Vehicle Manufacturers and Distributors
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 a change in assignment of ownership documents by manufacturers, distributors or their wholly owned subsidiaries.
Previously, manufacturers, distributors or any of their wholly owned subsidiaries were required to obtain a motor vehicle dealer general distinguishing number (GDN), or "P" number, in order to sell a vehicle they own through a licensed Texas wholesale motor vehicle auction. When assigning a certificate of title or Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) to a buyer, a GDN was required to be shown in the title assignment.
The Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) recently advised that manufacturers, distributors or any of their wholly owned subsidiaries are no longer required to have a GDN. Effective immediately, the manufacturer or distributor license number should be shown when assigning or reassigning a certificate of title or MCO; however, they may continue to use their "P" number until it expires.
In the future, MVD will provide a list of manufacturer and distributor license information to be used to verify the validity of a manufacturer or distributor license. Until this list is available, you may contact the MVD Information Center at 1-877-366-8887 to verify the validity of a manufacturer or distributor license number or for any questions regarding the change in licensing requirements.
The secure Power of Attorney (Form VTR-271-A) may continue to be issued to manufacturers and distributors, but may only be used when the title is physically held by the lienholder or the title is lost. When completing the VTR-271-A distribution log, the manufacturer or distributor license number should be indicated instead of a GDN.
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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