TO: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors
SUBJECT: January 2019 Registration Manual Update
Please review and distribute as appropriate.
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.
Chapter 7 – Farm Vehicles
Section 7.7, “Farm Vehicles,” was updated to include the list of documents that farmers’ cooperatives (co-op) or marketing associations may present when applying or renewing Farm License Plates as indicated on the Application for Farm License Plates (Form VTR-52-A). These entities were made exempt from the requirement to obtain the Texas Agricultural or Timber Exemption Registration Number issued by the comptroller’s office in the 84th legislative session.
Chapter 12 – Off-Highway, Log Loader, Forestry & Miscellaneous
Section 12.3, “Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV),” was updated to specify these vehicles are exempt from inspection verification.
Chapter 17 – Transfer of Registration When Applying for Title
Section 17.2, “Dealer Sales,” includes information from Administrative Code, Rule §215.155, which states Buyer Tags should only be displayed on vehicles with a valid inspection, unless the vehicle is exempt from inspection requirements.
Section 17.5, “Plate to Owner Transactions,” was updated with a chart that outlines the plate to owner transfer scenarios by vehicle type and weight limits.
Chapter 18 – Specialty and Personalized Plates
Section 18.2, “Personalized License Plates,” was updated to reflect changes from Administrative Code, Rule §217.27, regarding the criteria used by the department to deny personalized plate patterns.
Chapter 22 – Inspection Verification
Section 22.11, “Additional Inspection Information,” was updated to add a list of vehicles and/or plate types that are exempt from vehicle inspection requirements.
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.