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026-12 2012 and Future Model Year Manual Corrections

Registration and Title Bulletin - #026-12

Date: August 3, 2012


All County Tax Assessor-Collectors


2012 and Future Model Year Manual Corrections


To provide information regarding manufacturers' recycling of portions of the vehicle identification number (VIN) and processing instructions when encountering a vehicle that is not decoding properly.


In RTB 003-11, we advised you that some manufacturers were recycling portions of the VIN, specifically the 10th digit denoting the year model of the vehicle. We anticipate that this issue will continue every year as manufacturers continue to recycle VIN digits for new year model vehicles.

In some cases, only the year model is affected, reflecting a 1983 year model for a 2013 year model. However, in other cases, vehicles are populating with incorrect year and make; for example, a 2013 Nissan is populating as a 1983 Datsun.

In order for the Registration and Title System (RTS) to recognize these changes, updates to the RTS VIN decoding program is required. Notification of these types of changes is often sporadic and it may take some time for the system update to accommodate such changes. As a result, you may encounter vehicles in the future with year models that do not decode properly in RTS.


Please verify the vehicle information, paying particular attention to the year model and make on all Manufacturer's Certificates of Origin (MCO). If you encounter a vehicle that is not decoding properly based on the MCO, please correct the information manually.


If you have questions, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center.

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