April 2015 Assembled and Rebuilt Vehicle Manual Update


Please review and distribute as appropriate.

The latest update to the Assembled and Rebuilt Vehicle Manual (attached) is now available via Registration and Title System workstations and at www.txdmv.gov.

We welcome your feedback and encourage you to email your comments and 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. 

Changes, as a result of single sticker, have been incorporated throughout the manual, primarily in reference to the Vehicle Inspection Report and Rebuilt Vehicle Statement, VTR-61.  Additionally, the following are brief summaries of the chapters updated in the April 2015 revision.

Chapter 2 – Assembled Vehicles
A note has been added to this chapter to clarify that the body and frame of an otherwise nonrepairable (junk) vehicle (one that cannot be repaired, rebuilt, or reconstructed for on-road use) cannot be used to repair, rebuild, reconstruct, or assemble another vehicle.

Chapter 3 – Rebuilt Vehicle
A rebuilt vehicle is essentially an assembled vehicle using an original body.  When an original body is used, the vehicle is titled according to the body.  Clarification was added that such vehicles must be branded “reconstructed.” The vehicle may also be branded as “rebuilt salvage,” if applicable.

Section 3.2, “Rebuilt Salvage Motor Vehicles,” was updated to include additional vehicles that may not be repaired, rebuilt, or reconstructed.  Additionally, the note regarding the use of the body or frame of a nonrepairable vehicle added to Chapter 2, as detailed above, was also added to this section.

Chapter 9 – Cab Changes on Pickups & Trucks
This chapter was updated to provide clarity and distinction between pickups and trucks when a cab is changed and specifies such changes will always result in the vehicle being branded either “reconstructed” or “rebuilt salvage” as applicable.  Additionally, the description of a vehicle should always reflect that of the cab or body.

Chapter 11 – Motor Vehicles Adapted or Designed for Human Habitation
Section 11.2, “Converted Trucks and Buses,” was updated to include the definition of a motor home for the purposes of establishing if a converted truck, truck tractor, or bus meets the requirements of having been converted to contain “living quarters” making it eligible for passenger registration.

Thank you,

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



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