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015-13 Introduction to Registration and Title System (RTS) Version 7.2.0

Registration and Title Bulletin - #015-13

Date: June 5, 2013

To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: Introduction to Registration and Title System (RTS) Version 7.2.0


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 upcoming changes to RTS.


There are several updates to RTS that are covered in the RTS Version 7.2.0 Release Notes. The statewide release will be distributed the evening of Sunday, June 16, 2013, and will be available for use on Monday, June 17, 2013. The following are some of the new changes included in this release:

Texas is the only state still collecting tonnage and under current Texas law, tonnage was eliminated as a requirement for the registering and titling of trucks. We are excited to grow as a state and become more in accord with other jurisdictions.

Tonnage has been used to help determine the carrying capacity of a vehicle, the issuance of certain license plates, odometer exemption, and in calculating the 11% diesel fee. The rollout of tonnage is date driven and will occur in two phases within this one release. The first phase begins June 17th and the second phase begins August 1st.

Until August 1st, tonnage must be entered into RTS as it currently is today. After August 1st, the tonnage field will still appear in RTS but will be grayed out and the tonnage amount will display zeroes or be blank.

Even though tonnage is no longer required, you must continue to select a “tonnage” vehicle class and registration class when processing transactions. For example, trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 lbs. or less, select “trk<=1” and “truck-less/eql. 1 ton,” and for trucks more than 10,000 lbs., select “trk>1” and “truck-more than 1 ton.” At a future date, the vehicle and registration classes of these certain vehicles will be modified to remove the references to tonnage.

To prepare you and the dealers, we have added two additional charts to the release notes that will help determine when the old rules based on tonnage will apply versus when the new rules based on gross vehicle weight will apply. One chart is for registration and lists scenarios based on registration effective date and the second chart is for titles and lists scenarios based on title transaction date.

Lienholder ID
With this release, Certified and eTitle lienholders will require the entry of a valid lienholder ID. Once the lienholder ID is entered, a search of the lienholder database is required and thelienholder information will be auto-populated. This is a great way to validate lienholder information and reduce errors. A report by ID or name of the lienholder can still be generated from RTS.

Rights of Survivorship (ROS) on Dealer Title Application (DTA)
ROS is now available for dealers using DTA. Two names of up to 30 characters can be entered only 20 characters will print on the title) or the “Multiple Survivors” checkbox can be selected. As a reminder, in certain ROS situations, it may still be necessary for counties to contact their local TxDMV Regional Service Center for assistance.


See the attached RTS Version 7.2.0 Release Notes for detailed information and processing instructions for the elements of this release. Information can also be found on the TxDMV website under Tax Assessor-Collectors at


If you have any questions or problems, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center

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