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As you are aware, Senate Bill 604, enacted by the 86th Legislature, amended Transportation Code, Section 520.005 by adding Subsection (e). This new subsection requires each county tax assessor-collector to make webDEALER available to any licensed motor vehicle dealers (“dealers”) requesting access effective September 1, 2020.
As a reminder, the department previously posted “Getting Started with webDEALER” and “Using webDEALER” videos at www.TxDMV.gov to assist county tax assessor-collectors and dealers:
• The county tax assessor-collector version is available on the TAC Hub under the “Webinars & Presentations” tab or https://www.txdmv.gov/tax-assessor-collectors?tab=webinarspresentations.
• The dealer version is available on the Dealers portal under the “webDEALER” tab or https://www.txdmv.gov/dealers?tab=webdealer.
In an effort to ensure all county tax assessor-collector’s offices are ready for this requirement, the department worked with each county to ensure webDEALER access. Currently, the department’s 16 Regional Service Center Managers are providing webDEALER training to the county tax assessor-collector’s offices who have not previously or not recently utilized webDEALER.
The Texas dealer associations are aware of this new requirement and may notify their members. This may result in your offices receiving inquiries related to webDEALER access. County tax assessor-collector’s offices receiving inquiries from dealers requesting webDEALER access may utilize the dealer version of “Getting Started with webDEALER” video as a resource. While granting webDEALER access is required, Transportation Code, Section 520.005(e), does not mandate or impact who counties deputize as dealer deputies nor county established dealer deputy requirements. Deputizing a dealer remains at the sole discretion of the county tax assessor-collector’s office.
The department’s webDEALER project team, charged with making programming enhancements to webDEALER, continues their work to address previous enhancement requests made by county tax assessor-collectors and dealers currently utilizing webDEALER. The first release is currently scheduled for August 31. Additional enhancements are currently scheduled for release in December 2020.
While the requirement to provide webDEALER access to dealers who make a request is not effective until September 1, 2020, there is no prohibition against granting authorization prior to this date. The department encourages you to begin utilizing webDEALER as soon as you are ready.
Jeremiah Kuntz, 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.