I’m a Texan currently living out of state. How do I register my vehicle in Texas?
You must register your vehicle in the state or jurisdiction where you currently live, unless you are a full-time student or active military. If you are a student or active military, contact your local county tax office in the Texas county where you last resided for more information.
I have not received my registration renewal notice. What should I do?
You can renew your vehicle without the renewal notice if you provide the following to your county tax office:
Registration receipt from the previous year, or
Texas license plate number, or
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Ask your local county tax office to verify your correct mailing address. If you would like to be reminded by email when to renew in the future, sign up for our free eReminder service now.
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I moved to a different address in Texas. How can I ensure that I will receive my registration renewal notice?
It is important to update your address on your motor vehicle record. Updating your address will help ensure you receive your registration renewal notice. Failure to renew your registration is against the law and may result in a fine.
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I sold my vehicle, why did I receive a registration renewal notice in the mail?
Renewal notices are printed in advance, and at the time of printing our record still indicated you as the recorded owner. If you think the buyer of your vehicle did not transfer the vehicle title you should file a vehicle transfer notification. This lets us know that you no longer own the vehicle. You should file the transfer notice within 30 days of selling or trading in your vehicle in order to receive the state protection that no longer makes you responsible for that vehicle.
Note: Filing the transfer notification does not transfer vehicle ownership; it simply removes liability for what the new owner may do with your old vehicle. Contact our customer service at (888) 368-4689 or (512) 465-3000 with the VIN of the vehicle you sold for more information.
Can I legally drive my vehicle after the registration expires?
Yes, for a limited time. A vehicle may be operated up to five working days after the registration expires without penalty. After those five days, you can receive a citation of up to $200.
I lost my registration sticker. How do I obtain a replacement?
You may obtain a replacement sticker from your local county tax assessor-collector’s office for a $6 replacement fee plus the $0.50 automation fee (to upgrade the registration and title computer system). You may be required to complete and submit Form VTR-60 to your local county tax office.
I paid my registration renewal by mail, but haven’t received my sticker. What’s wrong?
Registration stickers are provided and mailed by your local county tax office. Please contact your county office, and provide the VIN and license plate number.
I paid my registration renewal online, but haven’t received my sticker. What’s wrong?
Registration stickers expiring December 2016 and earlier are provided and mailed by your local county tax office. Please contact your county office, and provide the VIN and license plate number.
After November 1, 2016, registration stickers expiring January 2017 and later can be tracked at www.TxDMV.gov/track. You will need the license plate number and the last four digits of the VIN to track your registration sticker.
How do I get a copy of my registration receipt?
TxDMV Regional Service Center
County tax office
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