Waiver for Indigent Scofflaws

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Currently, a county tax assessor-collector may refuse to register a motor vehicle if a scofflaw is on the motor vehicle record. During the 85th Legislative Session, Senate Bill 1913 passed amending the circumstances in which registration can be denied.

Senate Bill 1913, effective September 1, 2017, amends Transportation Code, Section 502.010, specifying a county tax assessor-collector cannot deny registration to an individual found to be indigent by a court with jurisdiction over the offense. Senate Bill 1913 provides that a waiver provided by a court with jurisdiction over an offense must be accepted as a type of discharge by a county tax assessor-collector as proof the fine or fee is resolved. A court with jurisdiction over an offense for an indigent individual must alert the county tax assessor-collector the motor vehicle registration may not be refused.

Additionally, Senate Bill 1913 specifies a scofflaw remark applied as a result of a failure to appear for a fine or fee expires on the second anniversary of when the information was provided to the local county tax assessor-collector and may not be used to refuse registration after that date. County tax assessor-collectors who maintain a scofflaw program will be responsible for ensuring expired scofflaws are removed from the motor vehicle record in accordance with this provision. It is important county tax assessor-collectors contracted with the department notify the department to remove the scofflaw remark upon receiving notification from a court with jurisdiction.

Thank you,

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


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Waiver for Indigent Scofflaws

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