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The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) has a digital subscription service to keep you informed about agency news. Now you can receive TxDMV updates on the topics of your choice and by your preferred delivery method (email or text message).

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It’s quick and easy to sign up. Just click on the envelope icon or visit www.TxDMV.gov/subscribe. You can also find the envelope icon at the bottom of the TxDMV website.

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From the Success page, click Subscriber Preferences and choose only the topics that interest you. (Note: some topics will ask what region of Texas you live in for location-specific updates.)

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To Make Changes to Your Subscriptions

You can manage your subscriptions and make changes anytime by clicking on the envelope icon at the bottom of your email notifications or the TxDMV website. Enter your email address or phone number and click Submit to update your information.

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Put Texas in Your Corner

Put Texas in Your Corner logoMotor vehicle owners in Texas are required by law to register their vehicles annually. Vehicle registration fees contribute almost $1.3 billion a year to build and maintain state and county roads.

By making sure your registration is current, you're paying for roads and making a difference in your own backyard. Plus, you receive the peace of mind that comes from knowing you're in full compliance with the law - meaning no citations, no fines and no headaches.

For these reasons, it's important to "Check the date. Love your state." Put Texas in your corner®." It's not just the law, it's the right thing to do. You may also find out what's great about being a registered Texan and visit us on Facebook.

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Media Inquiries

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles welcomes questions from the news media.

Please send media inquiries via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our media contact, Adam Shaivitz, at (512) 465-1484.

If you are not with the news media please call 1-888-368-4689 or visit our main contact page via our website's header.

TxDMV budget and expenditure numbers are available at www.texastransparency.org.

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Social Media

Stay on top of the latest news at the TxDMV by liking us on Facebook, subscribing to our YouTube channel and following us on Twitter.

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Social Media Comments and Questions Guidelines

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) welcomes your comments and questions via social media. We’re happy to help you during regular business hours. But please be aware that for some inquiries we may ask you to follow up with us by phone or email, especially if we’ll need your personal information (vehicle identification number, address, etc.) in order to research your question.

The TxDMV strives for effective communication and respectful dialogue on our Facebook page. Any posts or comments that are counter to these guidelines will be removed:

  • Comments must be relevant to the topic of discussion and avoid any malicious, offensive, threatening or profane language as well as any personal attacks.
  • Links to external websites may be deleted if they are not relevant to the topic of discussion or appropriate for all audiences.
  • Do not post any personal information such as your address, phone number or vehicle information.
  • Political campaign messages are prohibited.
  • Solicitations or advertisements are prohibited. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

Our social media sites are hosted outside of the TxDMV website. Please remember that the best way to receive a secure, official, personal response (especially when sensitive information is involved) is to contact our agency through these methods.

Press Releases

2012

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Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View. October 15, 2012
Texas Honored for Innovative System for Permitting and Routing Oversize/Overweight Trucks. September 5, 2012
Spotlight on TxPROS Highlights Texas’ Innovative System for Permitting and Routing Oversize/Overweight Trucks.  September 4, 2012
 New identification rules for vehicle titling, registration paves way for future automation, enhances public safety. August 9, 2012 
 What’s black and white and read all over? TxDMV releases new general-issue plate. July 16, 2012 
 Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View. July 13, 2012 
 New Research Reveals Auto Crime Myths: Statewide awareness campaign uses reformed criminal to educate Texans during Watch Your Car month. July 2, 2012 
 TxDMV Board Selects Whitney Brewster as New Executive Director. June 27, 2012 
 Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority Announces Statewide Award Winners during Annual Summit. June 25, 2012 
 Texas vehicle dealers can check status of license online. June 11, 2012 
 Military Plates Honor Heroes and Their Families. May 22, 2012 
 Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View. May 18, 2012 
TxDMV Completes Major Equipment Replacement to Enhance Customer Service and Efficiency Statewide. May 3, 2012 
 Officials Warn Texas Consumers of Moving Scams. May 1, 2012 
 TxDMV Cautions Drivers About Crossing the Border with Temporary Paper Plates or Expired Registration Stickers. April 26, 2012 
 TxDMV issues record number of permits. February 27, 2012 
 Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View. February 10, 2012 
 Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority Border Solutions Committee to Discuss Mexican-Texan Issues with Mexican Officials in January. January 11, 2012

 

2011

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 Media Advisory: Dealer License Advisory Committee to meet in January. December 21, 2011
 Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View. November 14, 2011
 Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View. October 14, 2011
 Media Advisory: SB 529 Advisory Committee to meet. September 30, 2011
 TxDMV Board appoints interim executive director, plans national search to fill agency’s top position September 8, 2011
 Media Advisory: SB 529 Advisory Committee to meet. September 1, 2011
 Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View. August 19, 2011
 New simplified vehicle registration fee structure starts in September July 26, 2011
 Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View. July 25, 2011
 TxDMV Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View. June 24, 2011
 Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority Commemorates 20 Years of Auto Theft Prevention June 13, 2011
 TxDMV introduces eReminder and Title Check - New online services to remember registration renewal date, protect against title fraud. June 7, 2011
 TxDMV Media Advisory: TxDMV Press Conference to introduce two new online consumer services to help Texans protect themselves against title fraud, and remember their registration renewal date June 6, 2011
 TxDMV Media Advisory: TxDMV board chairman issues statement on death of board member. June 4, 2011
 Texans being taken in by online moving company scams, experts offer advice on how to protect yourself when you move May 5, 2011
 TxDMV Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View March 25, 2011
 TxDMV Media Advisory: Specialty License Plate e-View February 18, 2011
 TxDMV Media Advisory: Bad weather office closures. February 1, 2011

 

 

 

ABTPA Holiday Campaign

ABTPA Holiday CampaignDuring the holiday season, Santa may not be the only one watching you. Car thieves may be watching you and your car, especially if it is filled with holiday gifts and other valuables left in plain sight. Consumers need to be aware that the holidays are a prime time for thieves to strike.

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Public Information Act Requests

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, also known as the Public Information Act or PIA, gives you the right to access certain government records. The PIA also establishes procedures that governmental bodies must follow when responding to requests for public information. Public Information Act requests are sometimes referred to as open records requests.

Public Information Act Requests

If you cannot locate information you are interested in on our website, you may submit a PIA request. To assist us in handling your request as accurately and efficiently as possible, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Include your full name and contact information, including email address if you have one.
  • Be as specific as possible in describing the information you are seeking. Include date ranges if applicable. We will work with you to narrow or clarify your request to locate the records you are seeking.
  • Your request must be for records or information that already exists - the PIA does not require an agency to answer questions, perform legal research, or continue to provide records as they are created in the future.
  • By law, a request is considered to be received during regular business hours (between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.) on a regular business day (not a state holiday or skeleton crew day).
  • To expedite our response to your request, you may ask that we redact confidential information prior to releasing it to you.

Please note, the following types of information are not maintained by TxDMV:

How to Submit a PIA Request

To request information from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, please submit your request through one of the following methods:

  • Through Public Access Link (PAL)

  • By Mail

    • Open Records
      Office of General Counsel
      Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
      4000 Jackson Avenue
      Austin, TX 78731
  • By Email

    • Submit requests by email to the TxDMV Office of General Counsel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • By Fax

    • Submit requests by fax to the TxDMV Office of General Counsel at (512) 465-4112
  • In Person

    • Attn: Open Records
      Office of General Counsel
      Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
      4000 Jackson Avenue, Building 1
      Austin, Texas 78731

What Happens Next?

PIA requests are handled in the order in which they are received. While TxDMV strives to release records as promptly as possible, the PIA allows agencies up to ten business days to respond to a request. Depending on the scope of your request, we may need to contact various parts of the agency asking several different employees to locate and compile responsive records.

Although the PIA creates a presumption that information in the possession of a governmental body is available to the public, exceptions exist that may limit the public disclosure of certain types of confidential, privileged, or sensitive information. If a governmental body believes that requested information is confidential or falls within an exception to disclosure in the PIA, it generally must request a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) within 10 business days of receiving the request. The OAG will determine in a letter ruling whether information is excepted from public disclosure or whether it must be released.

The OAG’s website contains information on the rights of requestors and responsibilities of governmental bodies, as well as procedural information, regarding the PIA: Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG)

Cost of Records

TxDMV may charge for releasing information in compliance with the cost rules established by the OAG. If a request for information will result in charges of more than $40, we will send you a cost estimate before doing any work on the request. You must respond to any written estimate of charges within 10 days or the request will be considered automatically withdrawn.

If estimated costs exceed $100.00, TxDMV may require a bond, prepayment or deposit.

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