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The latest update to the Motor Vehicle Title 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 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.
A majority of the manual revisions include changes from the 85th Legislative Session. The following are brief summaries of the chapters updated in the October 2017 revision.
Chapter 5 – Certificate of Title Requirements
Section 5.5, “Trailers and Semitrailers,” was updated as a result of Senate Bill (SB) 2076 and as detailed in Registration and Title Bulletin (RTB) #008-17. SB 2076 made changes to allow all trailers and semitrailers with a gross vehicle weight of 4,000 pounds or less and all farm trailers and farm semitrailers with a gross weight of 34,000 pounds or less to be permissively titled. Additionally, all trailers and semitrailers previously titled are required to remain titled.
Chapter 8 – Refusal/Denial of Title
Section 8.3, “Bonded Title,” was updated to include information provided in RTB #010-17, which requires an applicant to provide a completed Law Enforcement Identification Number Inspection (Form VTR-68-A) if there is no Texas record for the motor vehicle. Additionally, this section was updated to include the requirements from Texas Administrative Code, Rule 217.9, which mandates appraisals must be dated and submitted to the department within 30 days of the appraisal being completed.
Chapter 13 – Vehicle Identification Numbers
This chapter was revised and reorganized in an effort to provide clarification. It has also been updated to include changes resulting from SB 2076.
Chapter 14 – Vehicle Types
Section 14.6, “Farm Trailer/Farm Semitrailer,” was updated as a result of SB 2076, which allows farm trailers and farm semitrailers with a gross vehicle weight of not more than 34,000 pounds to be eligible for optional titling and requires them to continue to be titled if previously titled.
Section 14.7, “House, Camper, and Travel Trailers,” was updated as a result of SB 2076 to reflect the increase in width from eight (8) feet to eight (8) feet, six (6) inches and the increase in length from forty (40) feet to forty-five (45) feet.
Chapter 22 – Abandoned Vehicles
This chapter was revised and reorganized in an effort to provide further clarification.
Chapter 23 – Foreclosure of Miscellaneous Liens
This chapter was updated to reflect changes resulting from the passing of House Bill 3131, which provided alternative methods for statutory lienholders to dispose of unclaimed, abandoned motor vehicles.
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.