Electronic Display of Apportioned Cab Cards Allowed Starting January 1, 2019

Motor Carriers can display Apportioned Registration Cab Cards on an electronic device, such as a phone or tablet, starting January 1, 2019.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles adopted a rule in December allowing International Registration Plan (IRP) registrants to display an electronic image of cab cards. Previously carriers were required to show a paper original or paper copy of a cab card. Cab cards must be shown to law enforcement upon request.

The rule takes effect on January 1, 2019. However, TxDMV recommends that carriers continue to carry a printed copy of cab cards for 2019 to avoid any confusion with on-the-road law enforcement who may not be aware of the change.

Existing rules already allowed carriers to display their Operating Authority (insurance) Cab Cards on electronic devices. Now both forms of cab cards can be displayed electronically.