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 2 – Administration and Transaction Handling Procedures
Section 2.7, “Specially Marked Envelopes – Assembly Procedures,” was updated to “Special Handling Procedures,” and includes information on scanning and emailing transactions to the department in lieu of physically mailing the transactions as outlined in Registration and Title Bulletin (RTB) #002-23.
Chapter 9 – Transfer of Ownership
Section 9.8, “Vehicle Transfer Notification,” was updated to specify vehicles sold September 1, 2023, or later require the seller to provide the buyer’s full name, address, and phone number for the department to mark the vehicle record and indicate the transfer.
Chapter 11 – Signature – Authority to Sign
Section 11.5, “Secure Power of Attorney,” was updated to include a note that states a Dealer’s Reassignment of Title for a Motor Vehicle (Form VTR-41-A) cannot be used when Part B of the Power of Attorney for Transfer of Ownership to a Motor Vehicle (Form VTR-271-A) still applies to the title transaction at the time of sale.
Chapter 16 – Operation of Law
Section 16.11, “Unclaimed Seized Vehicles,” was added to include the requirements for the disposition of a vehicle that was seized by law enforcement and left unclaimed by the owner as outlined in RTB #007-23.
Chapter 25 – Motor Vehicle Dealers
Section 25.4, “Dealer’s Reassignment of Title for a Motor Vehicle (Form VTR-41-A),” was updated to include a note that states the Form VTR-41-A cannot be used in lieu of Part B of the Form VTR-271-A, when Part B still applies to the title transaction at the time of sale.
Annette Quintero, 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.