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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 between 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 86th Legislative Session. The following are brief summaries of the chapters updated in the October 2019 revision.
Chapter 6 – Application and Issuance of Certificate of Title
Section 6.1, “Application for Texas Title and/or Registration (Form 130-U),” was updated as a result of Senate Bill (SB) 976 to add information regarding the ability to add or remove a Communication Impediment indicator to a vehicle record. The Certification of a Communication Impediment (Form VTR-216) was created to facilitate the implementation of this bill.
Section 6.10, “Stop Title Requests,” was updated to provide clarifying language on the requirements for when a temporary legal hold is placed on a motor vehicle record.
Chapter 10 – Evidence of Ownership
Section 10.2, “Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO),” was updated as a result of House Bill (HB) 1548 and HB 1755 to clarify an MCO for an off-highway motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV), utility vehicle (UTV), and sand rail must contain a statement the vehicle is for off-highway use only.
Chapter 13 – Evidence of Ownership
All of Chapter 13 was updated as a result of HB 3171, to remove the term “motor-driven cycle” and replace it with “motorcycle.” Additionally, updates were made as a result of HB 1548 and HB 1755 to add UTVs and sand rails to the list of off-highway vehicles throughout the chapter.
Chapter 14 – Vehicle Types
Section 14.1, “Definitions,” was updated as a result of HB 1548, HB 1755, and HB 3171 to update the definition of a motor vehicle to include an off-highway vehicle and to remove the reference to a motor-driven cycle.
Section 14.3, “Moped,” was updated as a result of HB 3171 to update the definition of a moped.
Section 14.13, “Off-Highway Use Vehicles,” was updated as a result of HB 1548 and HB 1755 to incorporate information provided in the Registration and Title Bulletin (RTB) #004-19, which details the titling requirements for UTVs and sand rails.
Section 14.14, “Miscellaneous Vehicle Types,” was updated as a result of HB 1755, to update the former military vehicle definition.
All of Chapter 14 was updated as a result of HB 3171, to remove the term “motor-driven cycle” and replace it with “motorcycle.” Additionally, information was updated to add UTVs and sand rails to the list of off-highway vehicles throughout the chapter.
Chapter 17 – Rights of Survivorship
Section 17.1, “Rights of Survivorship Agreement,” was updated to provide clarification that a death certificate is required to be presented with a transaction in which it is needed as supporting documentation; however, it should be returned to the applicant.
Jeremiah Kuntz, Director
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
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