January 2021 Title Manual Revisions

Please review and distribute as appropriate.

The latest update to the Motor Vehicle Title 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 between Title and Reg).

Updates for this release are marked with red change bars in the text. 

Chapter 11 – Signature – Authority to Sign
Section 11.5, “Secure Power of Attorney,” was updated to include federal rule changes for additional permitted uses of the Power of Attorney for Transfer of Ownership to a Motor Vehicle (Form VTR-271-A) as detailed in Registration and Title Bulletin (RTB) # 013-20. 

Chapter 14 – Vehicle Types
Section 14.3, “Moped,” was updated to remove reference to the Texas Department of Public Safety certified moped list that is no longer maintained or used in the titling and registering of a moped.  Amendments were adopted to Administrative Code, Rule 217.3, that removed reference to the list as detailed in RTB # 014-20.

Chapter 15 – Odometers
Section 15.2, “Vehicles Exempt from Disclosure,” and Section 15.3, “Application for Title/Title Assignment,” were updated to include federal rule changes, which increased odometer disclosure exemption from 10 to 20 years beginning with 2011 model year vehicles effective January 1, 2021, as detailed in RTB #013-20.


Thank you,


Tim Thompson, Deputy 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.



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January 2021 Title Manual Revisions

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