July 2019 Motor Vehicle Registration Manual Update

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Please review and distribute as appropriate.

The latest update to the Motor Vehicle Registration Manual (attached) is now available via Registration and Title System (RTS) 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 Title and Reg).

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

Chapter 4 – Driver’s Privacy Protection Act
Section 4.12, and 4.13 “Federal DPPA and Texas MVRDA,” and “In Summary,” were updated to clarify that a law enforcement officer must provide identification when requesting motor vehicle information. A law enforcement officer may no longer verbally provide a badge number and the issuing jurisdiction in lieu of providing current identification when submitting a request for motor vehicle information.

Section 4.16 “In Summary,” was updated to specify that counties should document the identification type, issuing entity, and number in the absence of a Form VTR-275 when a law enforcement officer submits a request for motor vehicle information.

Chapter 14 – Application for Registration
Section 14.11, “Refusal to Register Vehicles (Scofflaws),” was updated to remove the statutory reference for red light camera violations. The statute was repealed by House Bill 1631 of the 86th Legislative Session, and went into effect on June 2, 2019.

Chapter 17 – Transfer of Registration when Applying for Title
Section 17.5, “Plate to Owner Transactions,” was updated to specify licensed dealers are required to remove general issue license plates and registration stickers from passenger cars that are 6,000 lbs. or less and light trucks 10,000 lbs. or less sold, traded, or transferred to the dealer. A dealer will be charged a replacement fee if they remove license plates from vehicles other than passenger cars and light trucks.

Thank you,

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



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