Add or Remove a Lien on a Vehicle
To add or remove a lien on your vehicle title, visit your local county tax office. The title fee is $28 or $33, depending on your county, and must be paid at time of application. Please contact your local county tax office for the exact cost.
Add a Lien
To add a lien on a title, you will need: the vehicle title, and a completed Application for Texas Title and/or Registration (Form 130-U).
Add an Additional Lien
To add another lienholder on the vehicle title, you will need the vehicle title, Application for Texas Title and/or Registration (Form 130-U) and an Additional Lien Statement (Form VTR-267).
Remove a Lien
After the lien on a vehicle is paid off, the lienholder has 10 business days after receipt of payment to release the lien.
- If the lien was recorded on a paper title, the lienholder mails the title to you.
- If your lien was recorded electronically, the title record is maintained electronically by TxDMV and the lienholder notifies you the lien has been removed.
To remove a lien recorded on a paper title, you will need:
- the vehicle title
- a release of lien letter and/or other notifications from the lienholder(s) currently named on the vehicle title
- a completed Application for Texas Title and/or Registration (Form 130-U)
If your lien was recorded electronically, the lienholder coordinates with us to remove the lien from our records. No action is required on your part.
Obtain a Paper Title for an Electronic Record
When the department receives an electronic release of lien notification from a lienholder, the electronic record is automatically converted from an e-Title to a paper title and mailed to the recorded owner or third party.