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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.
The majority of changes in this release are a result of changes to the Texas Administrative Code for the processing and handling fee and replacement plates. Several chapters were updated to reflect that a customer may request replacement license plates and/or registration stickers for cosmetic or readability reasons in addition to being lost, stolen, or mutilated.
A new chart outlining the distribution of the processing and handling fee was added to the appendix.
Changes were made throughout the manual to reflect updated form names that resulted from the title forms initiative.
Additionally, the following are brief summaries of some of the chapters updated in the October 2016 revision.
Chapter 1 – Accounting
Section 1.1, “General Provisions,” was updated with a new subsection to describe the changes related to the processing and handling fee: when the fee is or is not collected, exclusions, and changes to the renewal notice.
Section 1.2, “Insufficient Funds by Check, Credit, or Debit Cards,” was updated to reference the processing and handling fee.
Chapter 8 – Additional and Voluntary Fees
Section 8.2, “Automation Fee,” was updated to reflect the change of the automation fee from $1 to $0.50 effective January 2017.
Chapter 14 – Application for Registration
Section 14.2, “Application for Registration and Certain Permits,” was updated to reference the processing and handling fee for mail-in registration transactions. The $1 mail-in fee, when applicable, will be inclusive of the processing and handling fee when this fee is collected.
This section and chapter was also updated to remove any reference to “no fee” replacements. Customers will be required to pay the $6 replacement fee and the automation fee when replacement license plates and/or stickers are issued. This includes when a sticker is lost in the mail.
Section 14.10, “License Plate or Registration Insignia Replacement,” was updated to reflect Texas Administrative Rule eliminated the mandatory “needs” replacements of license plates that have reached the plate age of seven years. RTS will no longer prompt for issuance of new license plates due to plate age. Customers who want to request replacement license plates will be required to pay the replacement fee.
Section 14.12, “Refusal to Register Vehicles (Scofflaws),” was updated with a new subsection describing the Child Support remark: how the remark is added or removed from the record, what transactions are impacted, and the Office of Attorney General’s contact information.
Chapter 17 – Transfer of Registration when Applying for Title
Section 17.5, “Plate to Owner Transactions,” was updated to remove the requirement to determine and enter the plate age into RTS when license plates are transferred.
Chapter 22 – Inspection Verification
Section 22.12, “Additional Inspection Information,” was updated to include a note specifying vehicles exempt from inspection are not charged an inspection fee even though the fee may display on the renewal notice.
Jeremiah Kuntz, Director
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
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