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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 answers to frequently-asked-questions (FAQs), select the tabs below

Updates


Update: July 3, 2020

 

Face Coverings: Everyone (with certain medical exceptions) is required to wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth when visiting TxDMV offices.

Governor Abbott's Face Covering Proclamation

 

Update: May 24, 2020

 

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) will reopen some of its regional service centers beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020, with new office health and safety procedures in place. Customers will be served by appointment only. Click here to set an appointment.

THE TEMPORARY WAIVER OF VEHICLE TITLE AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Office Locations and Opening Dates

  • Abilene – May 26
  • Amarillo – May 26
  • Austin – May 26
  • Beaumont – May 26
  • Corpus Christi – May 26
  • Dallas – May 26
  • El Paso – May 26
  • Fort Worth – May 26
  • Houston – May 26
  • Longview – May 26
  • Lubbock – May 26
  • Midland-Odessa – May 26
  • Pharr – May 29
  • San Antonio – May 26
  • Waco – May 26
  • Wichita Falls – May 26

This announcement does not apply to driver license or ID services provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), or services provided by local county tax offices. For information on or assistance with these services, please contact TxDPS or your local county tax office.

Please read the following information carefully as specific procedures must be followed for you to obtain the services that you need:

Office Procedures

  • All available in-person services are by appointment only. Title services and motor vehicle dealers are not eligible to make appointments.
  • Only one person is allowed in the office per appointment, unless a caregiver is needed.
  • Cash, checks, and money orders are acceptable as payment. Credit and debit cards are not accepted.
  • Social distancing and hygiene practices will be observed.
  • Please complete all necessary forms before arriving for your appointment.
  • Appointments are scheduled in 15-minute increments, with the first appointment at 8 a.m. and the last appointment at 4:30 p.m. Missed appointments must be rescheduled.

Available In-Person Services

  • Replacement title.
  • Bonded Title Notice of Determination.
  • Title history.
  • Temporary permits.
  • Assigned/reassigned numbers.
  • Registration Refund Authorizations.
  • Investigating and resolving Texas title errors.

Not Available for In-Person Services

  • IRP/Apportion transactions.
  • Transactions from dealers and title services/runners.
  • Note: These transactions may be processed by mail, fax, or as drop-offs only.

Scheduling Appointments

For more information on Regional Service Centers, please see https://www.txdmv.gov/regional-service-centers.

To obtain forms to download, print, and complete before your appointment, please see https://www.txdmv.gov/forms.

    Update: April 29, 2020

    • The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is not included in the list of Phase 1 businesses to reopen on Friday, May 7, 2020. Our regional offices remain closed to the public at this time. We continue to provide services by phone, postal mail, and email until further notice.
    • 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.
    • Please Note: The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) is the agency that issues driver licenses, not the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Please see https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/covid-19.htm for the latest from TxDPS about their operations during the pandemic.

    Important Information Regarding Vehicle Registration, Vehicle Titling, and Disabled Parking Placard Requirements

    In an effort to reduce the need for in-person transactions, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) worked with Governor Greg Abbott and our stakeholders to temporarily waive certain requirements for vehicle registration, vehicle titling and disabled parking placards.

    On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation, declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas due to the threat of COVID-19. Governor Abbott also issued a statement on March 16, 2020, granting a temporary extension to obtain initial registration, renewal of registration, vehicle titling, and renewal of a permanent disabled parking placard. Governor Abbott also granted a temporary extension for an individual with an expired 30-day temporary permit to obtain another permit or Texas registration.

    The temporary waiver applies to vehicle owners in all Texas counties as set forth in the above-referenced proclamation and statement. This temporary waiver is in effect until 60 days after TxDMV notifies the public that normal vehicle registration, vehicle titling and related services have resumed. The 60-day period will be the same for all counties.

    The purpose of the waiver is to prevent customers from having to physically visit a county tax assessor-collector office to obtain initial registration, to obtain a 30-day temporary permit, to transfer title; or to renew registration or a permanent disabled parking placard. Customers may continue to renew their registration online at www.TxDMV.gov. At this time, TxDMV continues to fill online registration sticker requests and process all other online services.

    TxDMV has informed law enforcement agencies and the offices of the county tax assessor-collectors of the temporary waiver. As soon as new information is available, we will provide further updates via social media and at https://www.txdmv.gov/covid-19.


    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.


    Disaster Proclamations

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    COVID-19/Coronavirus Relief Information

    Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a declaration of disaster temporarily suspending size and weight restrictions and oversize/overweight permitting requirements for vehicles and loads associated with activities needed to respond to COVID-19/Coronavirus. Please utilize both waivers when using this suspension.

    Governor Abbott's Disaster Proclamation

    Suspension of Size and Weight Requirements

Tax Assessor Office Closures

As of September 15, the following Tax Assessor-Collector main offices are closed or operating under revised schedules.

County Tax Assessor-Collectors
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. We are maintaining a list of county tax office closures below but you may wish to contact your county tax office directly for the current status of their offices and services.

Anderson County [Open, Business as Usual] Andrews County [Open, Business as Usual] Angelina County [Open, Business as Usual] Aransas County [Open, Business as Usual] Archer County [Open, Business as Usual] Armstrong County [Open, Business as Usual] Atascosa County [Open, Closed to Public] Austin County [Open, Business as Usual] Bailey County [Open, Business as Usual] Bandera County [Open, Business as Usual] Bastrop County [Open, Business as Usual] Baylor County [Open, Business as Usual] Bee County [Open, Business as Usual] Bell County [Open, Business as Usual] Bexar County [Open, Business as Usual] Blanco County [Open, Business as Usual] Borden County [Open/Business as Usual] Bosque County [Open, Business as Usual] Bowie County [Open, Closed to Public] Brazoria County [Open/Business as Usual] Brazos County [Open, Business as Usual] Brewster County [Open, Business as Usual] Briscoe County [Open, Business as Usual] Brooks County [Open, Closed to the Public] Brown County [Open, Business as Usual] Burleson County [Open, Business as Usual] Burnet County [Open, Business as Usual] Caldwell County [Open, Closed to Public] Calhoun County [Open, Business as Usual] Callahan County [Open, Business as Usual] Cameron County [Open, Closed to Public] Camp County [Open, Closed to Public] Carson County [Open, Business as Usual] Cass County [Open, Closed to Public] Castro County [Open, Closed to Public] Chambers County [Open, Business as Usual] Cherokee County [Open, Closed to Public] Childress County [Open, Business as Usual] Clay County [Open, Business as Usual] Cochran County [Open, Business as Usual] Coke County [Open, Closed to Public] Coleman County [Open, Business as Usual] Collin County [Open, Business as Usual] Collingsworth County [Open, Closed to Public] Colorado County [Open, Business as Usual] Comal County [Open, Business as Usual] Comanche County [Open, Closed to Public] Concho County [Open, Closed to Public] Cooke County [Open, Business as Usual] Coryell County [Open, Business as Usual] Cottle County [Open, Business as Usual] Crane County [Open, Business as Usual] Crockett County [Open, Closed to Public] Crosby County [Open, Business as Usual] Culberson County [Open, Business as Usual] Dallam County [Open, Closed to Public] Dallas County [Open, Business as Usual] Dawson County [Open, Business as Usual] Deaf Smith County [Open, Business as Usual] Delta County [Open, Closed to Public] Denton County [Open, Business as Usual] DeWitt County [Open, Business as Usual] Dickens County [Completely Closed] Dimmit County [Open, Closed to Public] Donley County [Open, Closed to Public] Duval County [Open, Closed to Public] Eastland County [Open, Business as Usual] Ector County [Open, Business as Usual] Edwards County [Open, Business as Usual] El Paso County [Open, Closed to Public] Ellis County [Open, Buseinss as Usual] Erath County [Open, Business as Usual] Falls County [Open, Closed to Public] Fannin County [Open, Business as Usual] Fayette County [Open, Closed to Public] Fisher County [Open, Closed to Public] Floyd County [Open, Business as Usual] Foard County [Open, Closed to Public] Fort Bend County [Open, Business as Usual] Franklin County [Open, Business as Usual] Freestone County [Open, Business as Usual] Frio County [Open, Closed to the Public] Gaines County [Open, Business as Usual] Galveston County [Open, Business as Usual] Garza County [Open, Business as Usual] Gillespie County [Open, Business as Usual] Glasscock County [Open, Business as Usual] Goliad County [Open, Business as Usual] Gonzales County [Open, Closed to Public] Gray County [Open, Closed to Public] Grayson County [Open, Business as Usual] Gregg County [Open, Business as Usual] Grimes County [Open, Business as Usual] Guadalupe County [Open, Business as Usual] Hale County [Open, Business as Usual] Hall County [Open, Business as Usual] Hamilton County [Open, Business as Usual] Hansford County [Open, Closed to Public] Hardeman County [Open, Business as Usual] Hardin County [Completely Closed] Harris County [Open, Closed to Public] Harrison County [Open, Business as Usual] Hartley County [Open, Closed to Public] Haskell County [Open, Closed to Public] Hays County [Open, Business as Usual] Hemphill County [Open, Closed to Public] Henderson County [Open, Business as Usual] Hidalgo County [Open, Business as Usual] Hill County [Open, Business as Usual] Hockley County [Open, Business as Usual] Hood County [Open, Business as Usual] Hopkins County [Open, Closed to Public] Houston County [Open, Closed to Public] Howard County [Open, Business as Usual] Hudspeth County [Open/Business as Usual] Hunt County [Open, Closed to Public] Hutchinson County [Open, Business as Usual] Irion County [Open, Closed to Public] Jack County [Open, Business as Usual] Jackson County [Open, Business as Usual] Jasper County [Open, Business as Usual] Jeff Davis County [Open, Closed to Public] Jefferson County [Open, Business as Usual] Jim Hogg County [Open/Business as Usual] Jim Wells County [Open, Business as Usual] Johnson County [Open, Business as Usual] Jones County [Open, Closed to Public] Karnes County [Open, Business as Usual] Kaufman County [Open, Business as Usual] Kendall County [Open, Business as Usual] Kenedy County [Open/Closed to Public] Kent County [Completely Closed] Kerr County [Open, Business as Usual] Kimble County [Open/Closed to Public] King County [Completely Closed] Kinney County [Open, Closed to Public] Kleberg County [Open, Closed to Public] Knox County [Open, Closed to Public] La Salle County [Open, Business as Usual] Lamar County [Open, Closed to Public] Lamb County [Open, Business as Usual] Lampasas County [Open, Closed to Public] Lavaca County [Open, Business as Usual] Lee County [Open, Closed to Public] Leon County [Open, Business as Usual] Liberty County [Open, Closed to Public] Limestone County [Open, Business as Usual] Lipscomb County [Open, Closed to Public] Live Oak County [Open, Closed to Public] Llano County [Open, Closed to Public] Loving County [Open, Closed to Public] Lubbock County [Open, Business as Usual] Lynn County [Open, Business as Usual] Madison County [Open, Business as Usual] Marion County [Open, Business as Usual] Martin County [Open/Closed to Public] Mason County [Open, Business as Usual] Matagorda County [Open, Closed to Public] Maverick County [Open, Business as Usual] McCulloch County [Completely Closed] McLennan County [Open, Business as Usual] McMullen County [Open/Business as Usual] Medina County [Open, Business as usual] Menard County [Open, Closed to Public] Midland County [Open, Business as Usual] Milam County [Open, Business as Usual] Mills County [Open, Business as Usual] Mitchell County [Open, Closed to Public] Montague County [Open, Business as Usual] Montgomery County [Open, Business as Usual] Moore County [Open, Closed to Public] Morris County [Open, Business as Usual] Motley County [Open, Business as Usual] Nacogdoches Cnty[Open, Business as Usual] Navarro County [Open, Closed to Public] Newton County [Open, Closed to Public] Nolan County [Open, Closed to Public] Nueces County [Open, Closed to Public] Ochiltree County [Open, Business as Usual] Oldham County [Open, Closed to Public] Orange County [Open, Business as Usual] Palo Pinto County [Open, Business as Usual] Panola County [Open, Business as Usual] Parker County [Open, Business as Usual] Parmer County [Open, Business as Usual] Pecos County [Open, Business as Usual] Polk County [Open, Business as Usual] Potter County [Open, Business as Usual] Presidio County [Open, Business as Usual] Rains County [Open, Business as Usual] Randall County [Open, Business as Usual] Reagan County [Open, Business as Usual] Real County [Open, Business as Usual] Red River County [Open, Closed to Public] Reeves County [Open, Closed to Public] Refugio County [Open, Closed to Public] Roberts County [Open, Business as Usual] Roberston County [Open, Business as Usual] Rockwall County [Open, Business as Usual] Runnels County [Open, Closed to Public] Rusk County [Open, Business as Usual] Sabine County [Open, Business as Usual] San Augustine County [Open, Closed to Public] San Jacinto County [Open, Business as Usual] San Patricio County [Open, Business as Usual] San Saba County [Open, Business as Usual] Schleicher County [Open, Closed to Public] Scurry County [Open, Business as Usual] Shackelford County [Open, Business as Usual] Shelby County [Open, Business as Usual] Sherman County [Open, Closed to Public] Smith County [Open, Business as Usual] Somervell County [Open, Business as Usual] Starr County [Open/Business as Usual] Stephens County [Open, Closed to Public] Sterling County [Open, Closed to Public] Stonewall County [Open, Closed to Public] Sutton County [Open, Business as Usual] Swisher County [Open, Closed to Public] Tarrant County [Open, Business as Usual] Taylor County [Open, Business as Usual] Terrell County [Open/Business as Usual] Terry County [Open, Business as Usual] Throckmorton County [Open, Closed to Public] Titus County [Open, Business as Usual] Tom Green County [Open, Business as Usual] Travis County [Open, Business as Usual] Trinity County [Open, Closed to Public] Tyler County [Open, Closed to Public] Upshur County [Open, Business as Usual] Upton County [Open, Business as Usual] Uvalde County [Open, Business as Usual] Val Verde County [Open, Business as Usual] Van Zandt County [Open, Business as Usual] Victoria County [Open, Business as Usual] Walker County [Open, Business as Usual] Waller County [Open, Business as Usual] Ward County [Open/Business as Usual] Washington County [Open, Business as Usual] Webb County [Open, Business as Usual] Wharton County [Open, Business as Usual] Wheeler County [Open, Closed to Public] Wichita County [Open, Business as Usual] Wilbarger County [Open, Closed to Public] Willacy County [Open, Business as Usual] Williamson County [Open, Business as Usual] Wilson County [Open, Business as Usual] Winkler County [Open, Business as Usual] Wise County [Open, Business as Usual] Wood County [Open, Closed to Public] Yoakum County [Open, Business as Usual] Young County [Open, Business as Usual] Zapata County [Open, Business as Usual] Zavala County [Open, Closed to Public]

Title and Registration Services

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Regional Service Centers (RSCs) are providing certain in-person services by appointment only, operating at 25% of office capacity. Appointments will only be available for same-day or next-day service.

Available In-Person Services

  • Replacement title.
  • Bonded Title Notice of Determination.
  • Title history.
  • Temporary permits.
  • Assigned/reassigned numbers.
  • Registration Refund Authorizations.
  • Investigating and resolving Texas title errors.

Not Available for In-Person Services

  • IRP/Apportion transactions.
  • Transactions from dealers and title services/runners.
  • Note: These transactions may be processed by mail, fax, or as drop-offs only.

To schedule a same-day or next-day appointment, please visit www.TxDMV.gov/appointment.

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/bondedtitle

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

All Other Transactions

If you require assistance with the following transactions, please contact your local TxDMV RSC by phone for processing:

  • Dealer Closure Letters
  • Refund Authorizations
  • NAFTA Permits
  • Assigned Numbers
  • Machinery Plate Authorization
  • Registration Fee Credit Voucher
  • Any other inquiries or services

 


TxDMV Regional Service Center Contact Information

OfficePhone
ABILENE
4210 N. Clack St., Abilene, TX 79601
Open May 26
(325) 674-1000
AMARILLO
5715 Canyon Dr., Building H, Amarillo, TX 79110
Open May 26
(806) 467-3600
AUSTIN
1001 E. Parmer Ln., Ste. A, Austin, TX 78753
Open May 26
(512) 719-6900
BEAUMONT
8550 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 77708
Open May 26
(409) 895-3200
CORPUS CHRISTI
602 N. Staples St., Ste. 130, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Open May 26
(361) 808-3900
DALLAS
1925 E. Beltline Rd., Ste. 100, Carrollton, TX 75006
Open May 26
(972) 478-5200
EL PASO
1227 Lee Trevino, Ste. 100, El Paso, TX 79907
Open May 26
(915) 594-6000
FORT WORTH
2425 Gravel Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76118
Open May 26
(817) 285-1500
HOUSTON
2110 East Governors Cir., Houston, TX 77092
Open May 26
(713) 316-6100
LONGVIEW
4549 W. Loop 281, Longview, TX 75604
Open May 26
(903) 237-2800
LUBBOCK
135 Slaton Rd., Lubbock, TX 79404
Open May 26
(806) 748-2900
ODESSA
3901 East Highway 80, Odessa, TX 79761
Open May 26
(432) 276-4400
PHARR
600 West Expressway 83, Pharr, TX 78577
Open May 29
(956) 784-6700
SAN ANTONIO
15150 Nacogdoches Rd., Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78247
Open May 26
(210) 731-2130
WACO
2203 Austin Ave., Waco, TX 76701
Open May 26
(254) 296-2700
WICHITA FALLS
1601-A Southwest Pkwy., Wichita Falls, TX 76302
Open May 26
(940) 235-4800

 

 

Questions and Answers

In March 2020, Governor Abbott issued a waiver of certain vehicle registration, titling, and parking placard regulations in Texas (https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-waives-certain-vehicle-registration-titling-and-parking-placard-regulations-in-texas). The waiver remains in effect at this time.

Please see below for answers to the most common questions about the waiver and modified operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration and Inspection

  • My registration expired, what should I do?
    • The Governor issued a waiver from the requirement to renew registration. The waiver was issued to avoid having large crowds in the county tax assessor collector offices. You may choose to take no action during the waiver period. If you take no action, you will have 60 days from the date the department announces that normal operations have resumed to have your vehicle inspected and complete the registration process. To receive email notification of this announcement, please subscribe to our mailing list at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXDMV/subscriber/new?topic_id=TXDMV_290.

      If you have already obtained a passing vehicle inspection, you may renew your registration online at https://renew.txdmv.gov/.
  • Can I still renew my registration during the waiver period?
    • Yes. If you renew your registration during the waiver period, you are still required to pass vehicle inspection first. The only exception to this is for those currently out of state (such as students or active military), who may self-certify that they are not in Texas during the online renewal process. Online registration renewal: https://renew.txdmv.gov/.
  • Must I have my vehicle inspected prior to registration if I wish to renew during the waiver period?
    • Yes. If you renew your registration during the waiver period, your vehicle must still pass inspection first. The only exception to this is for those currently out of state (such as students or active military), who may self-certify that they are not in Texas during the online renewal process.
  • Is vehicle inspection prior to registration still required during the waiver period?
    • Yes, vehicle inspection prior to registration is still required during the waiver period. The only exception to this is for those currently out of state (such as students or active military), who may self-certify that they are not in Texas during the online renewal process.
  • There are no vehicle inspection stations operating in my area.
    • The state vehicle inspection program is overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), which maintains a searchable database of inspection stations. While the nearest inspection station may not be performing inspections at this time, you may be able to find a station in your area: https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/vi/index.htm.
  • How can I find an inspection station near me that is open?
    • The state vehicle inspection program is overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), which maintains a searchable database of inspection stations. Please refer to the TxDPS website to find a station in your area, and remember to contact the station directly to confirm their current status: https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/vi/index.htm.

Citations for Expired Registration

County Tax Offices and In-Person Services

Note: Some county tax offices, which conduct many transactions on behalf of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, are operating with service changes and varying operating hours or procedures due to COVID-19. In some cases, county offices are closed, or only processing limited transactions.At this time, almost every county may be reached by phone or email.

  • How do I renew my registration if I am unable or ineligible to renew online?
    • For those unable to renew their registration online, you may be able to renew in person at your local county tax office (or through an authorized agent, such as certain grocery stores), or by mail. Some counties are operating drop boxes.

      County tax offices provide some services on behalf of TxDMV, however they are independently staffed and operated. Please contact your county office directly to determine its current operating hours, available services, and any special procedures related to COVID-19.
  • I want to renew my registration, but I don’t know how much I owe. How can I find out the total amount due?
    • Registration fees are calculated at the county level and vary from county to county. To determine the amount due to renew your vehicle registration, please contact your county tax office directly.
  • My county tax office is closed. When will my county tax office reopen?
    • We are unable to say when a county office will open if it is currently closed, or closed to the public but providing services via email, postal mail, drop boxes, or similar. County tax offices provide some services on behalf of TxDMV, however they are independently staffed and operated at the county level. Decisions regarding operations, operating hours, available services, and any special procedures related to COVID-19 are made by each county office, and will vary from county to county.

      We maintain a list of county tax office closures at https://www.txdmv.gov/covid-19?tab=tax-assessor-office-closures. Locate your county on the list and click for contact information and other important notices. Please note that the status of a county office is subject to change at any time.
  • Can I go to a tax office in another county if the tax offices in my home county are closed?
    • Yes, you can go to another county tax office that is willing to process your transaction when your county of residence is closed. Contact the willing county to ensure the office is open and to determine what options they have available for processing the transaction. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

Registration Sticker Status

  • What is the status of my registration renewal that I submitted by mail?
    • You may contact your local county tax office for a status of your registration renewal. Please note, COVID-19 may have had an impact upon your county tax office’s standard operations. Reasonable delays and changes to customer interactions can be expected.
  • How long will it take for my sticker to arrive by mail?
    • If you registered your vehicle online, you may track the status of your registration sticker by visiting www.txdmv.gov/track. Please allow up to three weeks for processing and mailing.

      If you registered your vehicle by mail, you may contact your local county tax office for a status on your registration renewal. Please note, COVID-19 may have impacted your county tax office’s standard operations. Reasonable delays and changes to customer interactions can be expected.
  • Why is it taking so long for my sticker to arrive?
    • If you registered your vehicle online, you may track the status of your registration sticker by visiting www.txdmv.gov/track. Please allow up to three weeks for processing and mailing.

      If you registered your vehicle by mail, you may contact your local county tax office for a status on your registration renewal. Please note, COVID-19 may have impacted your county tax office’s standard operations. Reasonable delays and changes to customer interactions can be expected.
  • Can I use my registration renewal receipt as proof of registration for more than 30 days since my sticker has not yet arrived?
    • A renewal receipt issued at time of online renewal is proof of registration for up to 30 days after the renewal date listed on the receipt. During the waiver period, if you have not received your registration sticker, it is advised that you retain the registration renewal receipt in your vehicle. Additionally, if you renewed online, you may track the status of your registration sticker by visiting www.txdmv.gov/track. Please allow up to three weeks for processing and mailing from our facility.
  • My sticker never arrived. How can I get a replacement?
    • A replacement can be processed in any county. Contact your local county tax office directly to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available for obtaining a replacement. If your county of residence is closed or are unable to process a replacement, contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available for processing replacements. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      You must complete an Application for Replacement License Plate(s) and/or Registration Sticker (Form VTR-60; see link below), stating that the license plates and/or registration sticker is lost, stolen, mutilated, or needs to be replaced for cosmetic or readability reasons. You must surrender the current year's registration receipt and any remaining plate or sticker.

       

      Form VTR-60

  • My sticker never arrived. How can I get a replacement if my county office is closed?
    • A replacement can be processed in any county. Contact your local county tax office directly to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available for obtaining a replacement. If your county of residence is closed or are unable to process a replacement, contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available for processing replacements. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      You must complete an Application for Replacement License Plate(s) and/or Registration Sticker (Form VTR-60; see link below), stating that the license plates and/or registration sticker is lost, stolen, mutilated, or needs to be replaced for cosmetic or readability reasons. You must surrender the current year's registration receipt and any remaining plate or sticker.

       

      Form VTR-60

  • Why can my transaction not be completed online or by mail?
    • All vehicle title and registration transactions and procedures are regulated by state law. For this reason, certain transactions are eligible to be conducted by mail or online, while others must be conducted in person.

License Plates and Specialty Plates

  • How do I obtain a replacement license plate when my county office is closed?
    • A replacement can be processed in any county. Contact your local county tax office directly to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available for obtaining a replacement. If your county of residence is closed or are unable to process a replacement contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options, they have available for processing replacements. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      You must complete an Application for Replacement License Plate(s) and/or Registration Sticker (Form VTR-60; see link below), stating that the license plates and/or registration sticker is lost, stolen, mutilated, or needs to be replaced for cosmetic or readability reasons. You must surrender the current year's registration receipt and any remaining plate or sticker.

       

      Form VTR-60

  • How do I obtain a specialty license plate when my county office is closed?
    • Specialty license plates can be ordered online at www.TxDMV.gov or through the state’s specialty license plate vendor, My Plates, at www.MyPlates.com. License plates ordered online are sent to your county of residence. Contact your county of residence by phone to determine what options are available for picking up specialty license plates.
  • Will I lose my specialty plate sequence if I am unable to renew on time?
    • No, you will not lose your specialty plate sequence if you do not renew during the waiver period. You may renew if you wish, or choose to take no action during the waiver period. If you take no action, you will have 60 days from the date the department announces that normal operations have resumed to have your vehicle inspected and complete the registration process.

Buying or Selling a Vehicle

  • How can I complete a title transfer when my county is closed?
    • A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • How do I register a vehicle I just purchased from a dealer?
    • Licensed Texas dealers are required to apply for title on behalf of the purchaser for most vehicles and will provide a license plate and registration upon completion of the title transfer. If you purchased one of these vehicles, you should have been provided a form designating which county the dealer must file the title application in.

      Dealers have been provided instructions on how to handle title applications when the county selected by the purchaser is closed. No action is needed on your part for the dealer to submit the title application.

      Contact your dealer if you have questions on the status of your title application, license plates, and registration. If the dealer is not required to apply for title, you must submit a title application to your county of residence, the seller’s county of residence, or the county where the vehicle is encumbered, if applicable.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • How do I obtain a license plate for a vehicle purchased from a dealer when my county office is closed?
    • Licensed Texas dealers are required to apply for title on behalf of the purchaser for most vehicles and will provide a license plate upon completion of the title transfer. If you purchased one of these vehicles, you should have been provided a form designating which county the dealer must file the title application in. Dealers have been provided instructions on how to handle title applications when the county selected by the purchaser is closed. No action may be needed on your part for the dealer to submit the title application.

      Contact your dealer if you have questions on the status of your title application and license plates. If the dealer is not required to apply for title, you must submit a title application to your county of residence, the seller’s county of residence, or the county where the vehicle is encumbered, if applicable.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • How do I transfer a title for a vehicle I just bought from a private seller?
    • If you buy a car or light truck in a private party sale and the seller keeps the Texas license plates, you may print a Vehicle Transit Permit to legally drive the vehicle home or to your local county tax office. License plates will be issued when you title and register your vehicle.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person
  • How do I obtain a license plate for a vehicle purchased from a private seller when my county office is closed?
    • If you buy a car or light truck in a private party sale and the seller keeps the Texas license plates, you may print a Vehicle Transit Permit to legally drive the vehicle home or to your local county tax office. License plates will be issued when you title and register your vehicle.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person
  • I just bought a vehicle from a private seller. If I do not transfer the title, as is allowed during the waiver period, do I just drive the vehicle without any plates or tags? Are temporary permits available?
    • If you buy a car or light truck in a private party sale and the seller keeps the Texas license plates, you may print a Vehicle Transit Permit to legally drive the vehicle home or to your local county tax office (please see https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/register-your-vehicle/temporary-permits). License plates will be issued when you title and register your vehicle.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when your county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • I need to obtain a vehicle identification number inspection (68-A) performed by law enforcement to obtain title to my vehicle, but offices are closed. What do I do?
    • The Governor issued a waiver for the requirement to apply for title within a specified timeframe and the associated delinquent transfer penalty to avoid large crowds. The waiver for title requirements prevents the need to obtain a 68-A during this time. In addition, the department has extended the period in which a previously completed 68-A can be accepted. The 30-calendar day period has been extended to be consistent with the waiver to apply for title in a specified timeframe. A properly completed 68-A is acceptable until 60 days after the department announces that normal operations have resumed regardless of the inspection date. To receive email notification of this announcement, please subscribe to our mailing list at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXDMV/subscriber/new?topic_id=TXDMV_290.

New Texas Residents

  • I am moving to Texas, what do I need to do during the waiver period?
    • An application for title and registration for a new resident can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the new resident’s county of residence is closed. Contact the new resident’s county of residence to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available.

      If not, contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title and registration. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • What do I do if I am new to Texas and my county office is closed?
    • An application for title and registration for a new resident can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the new resident’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title and registration. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      Additional guidance for new residents: https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/new-to-texas.

Handicap Placards

  • How can I renew my disability placard if my county office is closed?
    • If a Permanent Disabled Placard (blue) needs to be renewed during the waiver period, contact your local county tax office directly to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available. If not, a Permanent Disabled Placard can be renewed in any county willing to accept the transaction when the disabled person’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available for renewal of a Permanent Disabled Placard. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      Temporary Disabled Placards (red) cannot be renewed and are only valid for six months from the date of issuance, or until the end of the disability, whichever comes first.

      General information on placards and plates is available at https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/disabled-parking-placards-plates.

Driver License Services

  • The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issues driver licenses. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is unable to provide guidance on DPS policies, operations, or procedures. For information on driver license policies, please visit the DPS website: https://www.dps.texas.gov/

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