Combination plates issuance and reallocation

Good afternoon,


After the RTS 8.8.0 Release, the month and year of registration expiration will no longer be embossed on Combination license plates when manufactured.


In an effort to clarify when to issue 2017 embossed vs. the new multi-year Combination license plates, please review the following scenarios below:

  • 2017 embossed Combination license plates are issued for replacement plates and/or sticker transactions (March 2017 expiration)
  • New non-embossed multi-year Combination license plates are issued for title transactions with a transaction date on or after January 1, 2017 and registration renewals  

Also, please note that 2017 embossed Combination license plates are not able to be reallocated in RTS Point of Sale. To reallocate 2017 embossed Combination license plates, please contact the Service Desk.


If you would like to speak to a Service Desk representative, please call us at 512-465-4010 or toll free at 1-877-933-2020, option one (1). The Service Desk is available from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM CDT, Monday through Friday. You may also send email to:


Best regards,


TxDMV Service Desk

Department of Motor Vehicles

IT Services Division

3800 Jackson Ave

Austin, TX 78731

(512) 465-4010

(877) 933-2020