April 2023 Motor Vehicle Title Manual Update

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Please review and distribute as appropriate.

The latest update to the Motor Vehicle Title 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 between Title and Reg).

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

Chapter 7 – Corrections
Section 7.1, “Statements of Fact,” was updated to include additional examples of when errors may be corrected and not require a statement of fact.

Chapter 14 – Vehicle Types
Section 14.10, “Motor Homes,” was updated to “Motor Homes, Ambulances, and Fire-Fighting Vehicles,” to include additional information about these two-staged vehicles and the appropriate vehicle identification number, year, and make to use when titling them.

Chapter 17 – Rights of Survivorship
Section 17.13, “Entry of Rights of Survivorship into RTS,” was updated to correct the examples provided to be clear that all owners and survivors must enter into the Rights of Survivorship agreement together.

Chapter 18 – Out of State Requirements
Section 18.7, “Vehicles from Indian Reservations,” was updated to “Vehicles from Native American Reservations,” and refers to the Federal Register for the latest list of federally recognized Tribal Nations.

Chapter 25 – Motor Vehicle Dealers
Section 25.3, “Requirement for Motor Vehicle Dealers,” was updated to include a note that a dealer is allowed to apply for title only on behalf of a retail purchaser in limited instances where the vehicle will not be operated on the roads, but this would not exempt the dealer from applicable buyer tag or inspection requirements.

Thank you,


Annette Quintero, 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.