COVID-19 / Coronavirus Emergency Information

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) continues to monitor the impacts of the COVID-19/Coronavirus closely and is working with state officials, county tax assessor-collectors, and others to maintain or restore services in affected areas.

When in-person services are unavailable, services and support continue to be provided by mail, email, and phone.

For the most current information regarding TxDMV status, tax assessor office closures, title and registration services, and questions and answers, select the tabs below

Update: April 15, 2021

The Temporary Waiver of Vehicle Title & Registration Requirements Ended April 14, 2021. There is no grace period after the conclusion of the waiver. After April 14, police can start ticketing motorists operating a vehicle without a current registration sticker or current registration receipt.

If you’re overdue, it’s time to renew! Please see this chart of vehicle registration and inspection deadlines for important information.

Three ways to renew your vehicle registration:

  1. Visit www.TxDMV.gov/register or www.Texas.gov. This is the quickest and least expensive way to renew. Save $1 if you renew online. Online renewal is available up to nine months past your registration expiration date.
  2. Mail: Return the bottom portion of your registration renewal form, payment and other required information to your county tax assessor-collector.
  3. In Person: Visit the office of your county tax assessor-collector. In many counties, in-person renewal is also available at other locations, such as certain grocery stores. Contact your county tax office to check hours and locations.

Reminder: Before renewing registration, Texans will need to obtain a passing vehicle inspection at the state vehicle inspection station of their choice, unless their vehicle is exempt from inspection requirements.

  • Operations at county tax offices, through which most motorists conduct registration and title transactions, will vary from county to county.
  • Please continue to refer to www.TxDMV.gov/covid-19 for information on accessing our services, answers to our most common questions, and information on county tax office status.
  • To be informed of the latest developments related to COVID-19 and TxDMV services, please subscribe to our mailing list: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXDMV/subscriber/new?topic_id=TXDMV_290.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles does not issue driver licenses or state ID cards. Texans should contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) at www.dps.texas.gov/driverlicense/ for these services.

Update: March 2, 2021

Face Coverings: A face cover is not required at TxDMV offices; however, we kindly ask for your consideration in wearing a face cover to optimize the safety and wellbeing of our staff and other customers.

Governor Abbott's Face Covering Executive Order

Movement of Oversize/Overweight Loads in Texas Disaster Areas

TxDMV is not imposing COVID-19 related restrictions on travel for vehicles/loads moving with an Oversize/Overweight Permit. However, all permittees need to check local shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders prior to movement to ensure the travel meets the definition of “essential” for those areas.

Commercial Vehicle registration requirements to travel in and through the state of Texas are temporarily suspended by order of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. This is to make it faster and easier for operators of commercial vehicles to provide COVID-19 disaster relief assistance.

These suspensions apply to the transportation of supplies, medical equipment, and similar materials that are necessary for preparing for, responding to, and mitigating the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

A commercial motor vehicle qualifies for the temporary suspension of International Registration Plan (IRP) requirements if the vehicle is registered in one of the 48 contiguous states and is not currently registered under IRP. The suspension covers the vehicle registration requirements for operators of commercial motor vehicles that are providing assistance to any state pursuant to the disaster declarations for those states.

Additionally, the requirements to obtain a 72-/144-hour temporary registration permit also are suspended for those commercial motor vehicles that are not eligible for IRP registration.

These suspensions do not apply to safety and insurance requirements.

No action on your part is required to qualify for the temporary waivers. Instead print and keep the following documentation in the cab of the vehicle, the Governor’s Proclamation and the TxDMV’s Suspension of Size and Weight Requirements. Both are found here: https://www.txdmv.gov/motor-carriers

These suspensions remain in effect until terminated by Governor Abbott or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

Some county tax offices are now open, while others remain closed to the public but continue to process certain transactions. Although county tax offices provide services on behalf of TxDMV, operational decisions are made independently at the county level. Contact your county tax office directly for the current status of their offices and services.

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Regional Service Centers (RSCs) are open for walk in customers effective April 15. We still strongly encourage appointments (this customers are given priority) which will continue to be available same day and next day only.

A face cover is not required at TxDMV offices; however, we kindly ask for your consideration in wearing a face cover to optimize the safety and wellbeing of our staff and other customers.

To schedule a same-day or next-day appointment, please visit the TxDMV RSC Appointment page.

We will continue to provide service online, by mail, phone, and drop-offs. Please allow up to 2 weeks for mailing and processing time for transactions not conducted at a regional office.

Mailed fees must be in the form of a personal check, cashier's check, or money order payable to the TxDMV. Do not mail cash. Credit/debit cards and temporary checks are not accepted. Fees are non-refundable.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE PROCESSES OR HOW TO COMPLETE THE FORMS.

ONLINE SERVICES:

MAIL, AND PHONE SERVICES:

The following transaction are available by mail:

(Please allow up to 2 weeks for mailing and processing time. Mailed fees must be in the form of a personal check, cashier's check, or money order payable to the TxDMV. Do not mail cash. Credit/debit cards and temporary checks are not accepted. Fees are non-refundable.)

Certified Copy of Texas Title (Replacement of Lost Title)

A Certified Copy of Texas Title replaces the original Texas Certificate of Title and any previously issued Certified Copy of Texas Title. The applicant (person signing this application) must be the owner or lienholder on the department’s motor vehicle record, or an authorized agent of the owner/lienholder. Submit this completed application and all required documents by mail to a TxDMV Regional Service Center.

Follow all the instructions on the Application for a Certified Copy of Title (Form VTR-34). Page 2 of the application contains the mailing address of all 16 Regional Service Centers (RSCs). Please ensure you include the $2.00 payment.

For additional information on the certified copy of title process, please visit: https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or-selling-a-vehicle/get-a-copy-of-your-title

Bonded Title Rejection Letters

If you receive incomplete or incorrect evidence of ownership or have lost the evidence of ownership and cannot contact the seller for the necessary documentation, you may have the option of using the bonded title procedure to transfer of ownership.

Follow the instructions on the Bonded Title Application or Tax Collector Hearing Statement of Fact (Form VTR-130-SOF).Please be sure to include your email address and phone number to expedite any clarifications our staff may have. Mail the application to your local TxDMV Regional Service Center. Please ensure you include the $15.00 payment.

For additional information on the bonded title process, please visit: https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or-selling-a-vehicle/bought-a-vehicle-with-no-title

Vehicle Transfer Notification

When a Texas-titled vehicle is sold or traded in, the seller needs to notify TxDMV. By completing a Vehicle Transfer Notification, you are notifying TxDMV that you have sold a vehicle. When you submit the form, a remark will be added to the vehicle record which shows the date you sold the vehicle. This can protect you if the buyer fails to promptly transfer the title.

Please complete your vehicle transfer notification online at: https://webdealer.txdmv.gov/title/publicVehicleTransfer.do

Customers needing confirmation of a Vehicle Transfer Notification may contact us by phone. Customers who require documentation for the purposes of toll or parking violations will be emailed a confirmation letter or they may obtain a copy by processing a title history by completing a Vehicle Records Request (see below).

Vehicle Records Requests

Follow the instructions on the Request for Texas Motor Vehicle Information (Form VTR-275). Be sure to mark an applicable use on Page 2. Mail the application, applicable fee, and other required documents to the address provide on the form or your local TxDMV Regional Service Center.

For additional information on obtaining records information, please visit: https://www.txdmv.gov/open-records