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eLICENSING LogoMotor vehicle dealers, salvage dealers, and industry licensees operating in Texas may now apply for, renew, or amend motor vehicle licenses online. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) replaced its paper-based licensing system with eLICENSING, an online self-service hub for all motor vehicle licensees and salvage dealers operating in Texas. The new system became available in March 2017.

eLICENSING provides many user benefits, including 24-hour access to licensing information, the elimination of paper processing, the ability to submit license applications and payments online, a guided application process facilitating faster approvals, and the ability to track the progress of submitted applications.

To receive email updates regarding eLICENSING, please visit and check the box beside the Dealers and Manufacturers subscription topic.

Licensees must have a current email address on file to use eLICENSING and receive updates on its availability. For more information, email TxDMV at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-888-DMV-GOTX (1-888-368-4689).

National Moving Fraud Conference

Millions of Americans move each year, and while most of these moves are made by legitimate, licensed moving companies, in recent years there has been an alarming increase in tragic household goods moving incidents involving criminal or “rogue” movers. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and FMCSA invite state and federal government regulators, law enforcement and moving industry representatives to meet and discuss strategies on how to identify and stop moving fraud. The two day agenda will include presentations by federal and state officials and industry partners, law enforcement's, consumers and others affected by moving fraud and interested in bringing this important issue to the attention of the moving public.

National Moving Fraud Conference – Schedule

This is a two-day event, co-hosted by the TxDMV and the FMCSA. Each day of presentations will provide an opportunity to hear from speakers on what constitutes moving fraud, recent scams used by rogue movers, strategies for combating moving fraud and case studies.

Seminars Location Registration Information
April 5 and 6, 2016 Austin Register Flyer

Cancellation and Substitutions

Registrants cancelling at least 72 hours before the event can fax notice to the TxDMV at (512) 465-5652.

If you have registered, but are unable to attend, you may send another person in your place. The substitute should inform TxDMV staff at the time of seminar attendance.

Dealer License Plates

plp dealerFranchised (new) and Independent (used) motor vehicle dealers are eligible to buy and use metal dealer plates. The number of dealer plates that may be purchased depends on the number of sales and license type.

Motor vehicle dealers may apply for metal dealer’s license plates for all vehicle types the dealer is licensed to sell and may only use dealer plates on vehicles included in the license. For example, a dealer who is only licensed to sell cars and light trucks may use a dealer plate only on a car or light truck in the dealer’s inventory and not on a motorcycle or trailer.

The department also issues metal plates to other license holders including manufacturers, converters and in-transit operators.

Only one metal dealer plate is required per vehicle and is displayed in the rear license plate holder. The plate expires when the license expires. During the license renewal process, the license holder has the option to order new plates and renew existing metal plates, and the department will issue new year stickers to the renewed plates.

Plate Return Requirements

License holders must cancel plates that are lost, stolen, damaged, or no longer needed in eLICENSING. From the home page, select Plates and Stickers and follow the prompts. License holders should also report stolen plates to local law enforcement.

Damaged or no longer needed plates are to be returned to the closest Regional Service Center or to the TXDMV headquarters.

Metal Plate Uses

Dealer Uses Include:
  • On vehicles being used for demonstration or test drives
  • On vehicles used by the dealer, the dealer’s family or employees for personal use
  • On courtesy vehicles used by the dealer if there is no signage on the vehicle
Converter Uses Include:
  • On vehicles the converter is demonstrating or test-driving
  • On vehicles being driven by the converter to and from the franchised dealer that sells the vehicle
Vehicles with Dealer’s or Converter’s Plates
  • MUST have a current inspection
  • CANNOT display signs on the vehicle
  • CANNOT be used on a vehicle carrying a load or performing services for the dealer, such as carrying parts or operating as a rental unit (There is a special provision under the law for independent dealers carrying vehicles to and from the auction.)
  • MUST have the title assigned to the dealer

Plate Log

The law requires a dealer/converter to maintain a record of all metal plates and each vehicle assigned a license plate. The log shall consist of:

  1. the assigned plate number;
  2. the year/make of the vehicle displaying the plate;
  3. the vehicle identification number; and
  4. the name of the person in control of the vehicle.
Dealer Plate Log

Plate Allowance

Dealers are limited in the number of plates they may order depending on the type of license issued and the number of vehicles sold.

New Application

If you are ordering metal dealer plates with your application for a new license, make sure you do not order more than the number allowed by law. These numbers depend on the license type.

Exemptions to these plate limits for new applications may apply if the license applicant is:

  • a franchised dealership that has been subject to a buy-sell agreement, regardless of a change in the entity or ownership, or
  • any dealership that relocates and has been licensed for a period of one year or more.



When renewing, the number of license plates you may renew includes the number of plates you received with your license.

For example, if you are a franchised motor vehicle dealer and you received five plates when you first received your license, then you may receive up to 25 additional plates upon renewal for a total of 30. If you are a franchised motor vehicle dealer and you did not receive any plates when you first received your license, then you may receive up to 30 license plates upon renewal.

Plate Allocation Summary Table
License Type New Application Allowance Total Allowed with Renewal
Independent motor vehicle dealer 2 3
Independent motorcycle dealer 2 3
Franchised motor vehicle dealer 5 30
Franchised motorcycle dealer 5 10
Franchised or independent travel trailer dealer 2 3
Utility trailer or semi-trailer dealer 2 3
Wholesale dealer 1 1
Independent mobility motor vehicle dealer 2 3
Additional Plates

If it is renewal time and you have already reached the maximum allowed plates, you may submit a VIT document or other proof of sales with your renewal application to receive additional plates. *VIT must be submitted each time with the renewal.*

If you are a non-wholesale dealer who sold this many vehicles according to VIT or other proof of sales Then you may receive this many additional plates
Fewer than 50 1
50 to 99 vehicles 2
100 to 200 vehicles 5
More than 200 vehicles May obtain any number of metal dealer plates at dealer’s discretion.
If you are a wholesale dealer Then you may receive one (1) additional plate, regardless of how many vehicles you sell.

LP703 Number of Metal Dealer Plates Allowed with License Renewals


A licensed motor vehicle dealer may obtain a personalized metal dealer license plate.

Cost: $85 per year/ plate

Plates are issued on a two-year basis and expire with the dealer’s license.

New applicants

Mail a completed application, documentation, and fee to your county tax office.


Mail renewal form, documentation, and fee to your county tax office.

Plate Return

Before returning metal plates, license holders should cancel active plates in eLICENSING. From the home page, select Plates and Stickers and follow the prompts.

License holders should then complete a Plate Inventory Form (LF707), and mail or drop off metal plates at the closest Regional Service Center (RSC) or the TxDMV Headquarters for recycling.

License holders with canceled licenses should also return all temporary tags, stickers, and plate receipts within 10 days of licenses closure.

Find the closest Regional Service Center (RSC) using the “Find Your RSC” locator or download the pre-addressed mailing label for the TxDMV Headquarters.

LF707 Plate Inventory Form

TxDMV HQ Mailing Label


Electronic Lien Titles

How do I obtain a paper title for a vehicle taken in trade when paying off a loan, if title is electronic?

When a dealer pays off a loan for a vehicle taken in trade with an e-Title, the lienholder has 10 business days after receipt of payment to release the lien. The lienholder sends an electronic transaction to TxDMV with the name and address of the dealer. TxDMV will remove the lien and mail the paper title to the dealer.


If I have a Dealer Title Application (DTA) vendor who provides my dealership with software, how will ELT affect me?

Each DTA vendor's software applications are different; contact your vendor for information on how ELT affects you.


How will ELT affect my business?

Download the revised Form 130-U and begin determining if your customer's lienholder is an ELT participant and prefers e-Titles.


Computer Settings

  • Pop-up blockers will need to be disabled for the webDEALER system. In most cases, you can set your pop-up blocker to "always allow" for the webDEALER system. If you are not automatically prompted to allow for pop-ups when you enter the webDEALER system, you will need to enter into your pop-up program as an allowed site.
  • Plug-ins should be enabled for the webDEALER site.
  • ActiveX filtering should be unchecked within the webDEALER site. If you have problems printing with the Adobe Reader® ActiveX® plug-in while using the Internet Explorer® browser, here is another workaround:
    1. In Adobe Reader® or Acrobat®, choose Edit > Preferences.
    2. Select Internet.
    3. Deselect "Display PDF In Browser", and then click OK.
  • Phishing filters may interfere with processing webDEALER. Disable the filters on your computer or set them to "always allow" access from
  • Set your computer's security setting at medium or make an exception for the webDEALER system by adding to your allowed sites.
  • Your computer's content advisor may need to be disabled or set to allow access to

If you are unsure of how to change the settings on your computer, please consult the "Help" manual that was installed on your computer with the operating system. If you have installed other programs, such as an anti-virus program or your online provider gave you phishing filters and pop-up blocker features, please consult with your internet service provider about how to change your settings for use with the webDEALER system.

Other considerations

  • Check for any critical updates to your operating system, browser(s) and Adobe Acrobat® or Adobe Reader®. Visit the respective software manufacturer's website to check for updates and follow their instructions for downloading and installing these updates.
  • If problems persist, you may uninstall and reinstall Adobe Reader®. Sometimes, an incomplete installation of this application may prevent printing.
  • If printing problems persist while using Internet Explorer®, you may wish to install another browser to use with webDEALER, such as Mozilla Firefox®.

Printing Problems

If you click on "Print Tag" or "Reprint Tag" and get an error message, first be sure you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer.

If you are still having trouble printing with Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader, try using an alternate web browser or change your Adobe Reader preferences to open documents directly in Adobe Reader. Here's how:

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.
  3. Select "Internet" from the Categories: list.
  4. Uncheck the box that says "Display PDF in browser"

When you click on "Print Tag" Internet Explorer will ask you to verify that you want to download the file. Then retry the webpage. The tag and receipts will now open in a separate, stand-alone version of the Adobe Reader.

If you can log in but cannot print or if you can't log in to the webDEALER system

  • If you can log onto the system but can't print the eTAG images, try reprinting the tag image. If this does not work, use an Internet Down Tag to manually enter the owner and vehicle information, and contact the webDEALER | eTAG Help Desk for assistance.
  • If you have already received your login information from MVD and you can't login to the webDEALER database then contact the webDEALER | eTAG Help Desk by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (512) 465-4010 for assistance, Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Trailers without VINs

Many utility trailers less than 4,000 lbs. do not have a VIN. The eTAG System requires a VIN to obtain a buyer's tag or a vehicle-specific dealer tag. To complete the transaction, in the VIN field, you will enter the words "novin" along with the date and time.

For example: novin04052015341 represents a no VIN trailer eTAG transaction was processed on 04/05/2015 at 3:41 pm.

You will still have the option to obtain a VIN for the trailer frame from the TxDMV Regional Service Centers.

More Help

If you have problems with the webDEALER Database, please provide feedback with as much specific information as possible so we can troubleshoot the problem. Here’s what we need to know:

1. Your contact information

  • Name,
  • Phone or email,
  • webDEALER | eTAG username,
  • Your license (P) number

2. A description of the problem (examples enclosed)

  • I receive a message “Invalid username or password” when logging into the system.
  • I have created my allotment of Internet Down Tags and now I need more allotted.
  • The webDEALER system works on some computers but not others.
  • The webDEALER system prints to some printers but not others.
  • There is a message about pop-ups.
  • The webDEALER system displays a message “There has been an error in the operation you are trying to perform, please contact the system administrator.”
  • The webDEALER system displays a message “You don’t have permission to view this page.”
  • The webDEALER system will not create an eTAG image. (Specify what type of tags this is affecting.)
  • The webDEALER system creates an eTAG image but it will not print.
  • Other - Provide a description of the problem you are experiencing with the webDEALER system.

3. Where and when the problem occurs

  • When logging on
  • All screens after login
  • When an item is selected (specify what item)
  • Only with printing/viewing all tags
  • Only with printing/viewing specific tags


Call (toll free) 1-877-933-2020 or email webDEALER | eTAG Support at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If your DBA(s) is missing or your location information is incorrect, please contact the TxDMV Contact Center at (888) 368-4689 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will review the license record to determine the next steps necessary. Please provide:

  • Your license (P) number
  • All locations tied to the license number
  • All DBAs associated to that license (and location of each DBA)
  • A contact person and a phone number where they can be reached

If you have any questions regarding the rules for use of temporary tags, or other motor vehicle dealer licensing, please call (888) 368-4689 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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