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044-11 Introduction to Registration and Title System (RTS) Version 6.8.0

Registration and Title Bulletin - #044-11

Date: August 15, 2011


All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: Introduction to Registration and Title System (RTS) Version 6.8.0.


These documents contain text of correspondence sent by TxDMV 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 inform you of changes to RTS.


Updates to RTS to be covered in the RTS Version 6.8.0 Release Notes. The statewide release will be distributed the evening of Sunday, August 21st, and will be available for use on Monday, August 22, 2011. The following are just a few of the exciting new changes included in this release:


Effective, September 1st- SB 1057, enacted during the 82nd Legislative Session, requires that current registration be invalidated at the time a vehicle traded in to a Texas dealer is subsequently sold to a new owner. The legislation requires the dealer to collect registration fees for a minimum of 12 months (except for registrations with fixed expiration months such as Combination, which may be less than 12 months) at the time of application for Texas title. The proper calculation of registration fees will be based on the following two very important criteria:

  • Title Transaction Date
  • Dealer Number (General Distinguishing Number)

Refer to RTB #035-11 for additional information.


With this release, capturing of vehicle color will be available in the following Registration Events:

  • Renewal
  • Exchange
  • Replacement

Additionally, vehicle color has been added to the Title – Status Change Event to allow for corrections to previously added vehicle color(s)

The entry of vehicle color is not required and will remain optional. As a reminder, the Major Vehicle Color is the primary color that covers most, if not all, of the vehicle. The Minor Vehicle Color is the secondary color that covers less of the vehicle (e.g. standard two-toned vehicles, custom paint job, etc.), and is only entered into RTS if the customer has indicated two colors on the application. If the vehicle has two colors, the predominant color must be shown as the Major Color and the secondary color as the Minor Color. For camouflaged or multi-colored vehicles the two most predominant colors should be shown as Major and Minor Vehicle Colors.


This change to the RTS Timed Permit Event adds a Permit Modify feature, which provides the county with the capability to make changes to temporary (timed) permits, which are outside of the void window.

Additionally, we are very pleased to announce that at county request and with this release, when issuing a One-Trip and/or 30-Day permit if the VIN entered is for a motorcycle the permit type will automatically default to Motorcycle.


An enhancement was added to the Placard Management Event at the request of the counties to eliminate the potential of abuse. This change provides that if an individual already has one temporary placard issued to them and requests issuance of a second temporary placard before the end of the first placards expiration, the second placard will be issued reflecting the same expiration date. The $5 fee will be collected regardless of the time remaining until the placard expiration.

If the individual needs another temporary placard for a new six month period it will require another Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/or License Plate (Form VTR-214) to be completed by a physician.


See the attached RTS Version 6.8.0 Release Notes for detailed information and processing instructions for the elements of this release. Information can also be found on the TxDMV Web site under Resources for Tax Assessor-Collectors at


IIf you have any questions, please contact your local VTR Regional Office.

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