April 2019 Salvage/Nonrepairable Motor Vehicle Manual Update

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Please review and distribute as appropriate.

The latest update to the Salvage/Nonrepairable Motor Vehicle Manual (attached) is now available via Registration and Title System workstations and at www.txdmv.gov.

We welcome your feedback and encourage you to email any comments or suggestions to VTR_Title_Reg-Manual-Update@txdmv.gov (please note the underscores between VTR and Title and between Title and Reg).

Updates for this release are marked with red change bars in the text.

Chapter 2 – Title Application and Issuance
Section 2.4, “Application for Salvage or Nonrepairable Vehicle Title,” was updated to provide information regarding the acceptability of electronic signatures. An electronic signature may only be used on a secure document if the secure document is submitted to the department through webSALVAGE. Non-secure documents may be signed with electronic signatures whether submitted to the department physically or through webSALVAGE.

Chapter 4 – Insurance Companies
Section 4.3, “Applications Without Proper Evidence of Ownership,” was updated to remove the requirement for proof of a paid claim by an insurance company in accordance with Registration and Title Bulletin #001-19.

Chapter 8 – Replacements, Errors, and Innocent Purchasers
Section 8.5, “Salvage Document or COA Issued in Error,” was updated to remove the reference to a Certificate of Authority (COA) issued prior to October 1, 2007. The issue date of the COA does not affect the procedure to reinstate a prior Texas title record when a COA is issued in error.

Thank you,

Jeremiah Kuntz, Director
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles



If you have any questions concerning this communication, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center.