Changes to Names Displayed on Texas Titles and Records


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On September 22, 2014, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) released Registration and Title System (RTS) Version 7.5.0, which introduced the process of name parsing.

Name parsing is the first step in a multi-step process of developing a more customer-centric database for our customers and stakeholders. The collection of individuals’ names in their separate components is one of the first visible steps RTS users will see as we move to a more robust and customer friendly database. Fields have been added to collect the first name, middle name, last name, and suffix for the names that appear on Texas titles. Previously, names were captured entirely in one field which allowed for inconsistent name entry.

The full name entered in each of these four new fields will be stored in the TxDMV’s database.  However, there are limits to the number of characters that are displayed on the record and printed on the Certificate of Title.  As a result, programming is in place to truncate names leaving as much of the complete name visible within the combined character constraints.  The middle name is truncated first, and if necessary, the first name, and finally the last name.

We are notifying you in the event you receive a Texas Certificate of Title or an eTitle record notification that appears to have incomplete names.

Thank you,

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

If you have any comments or suggestions concerning this VTR communication process, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center.

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