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Senate Bill 604, enacted by the 86th Legislature, amended Transportation Code, Section 520.005 by adding Subsection (e). This new subsection requires each county tax assessor-collector to make webDEALER available to any licensed motor vehicle dealers (“dealers”) requesting access effective September 1, 2020.
While granting webDEALER access is required, Subsection (e) does not mandate or impact who counties deputize as dealer deputies nor county established dealer deputy requirements. Deputizing a dealer remains at the sole discretion of the county tax assessor-collector’s office.
In an effort to ensure all county tax assessor-collector offices are ready for this requirement, the department is contacting each county not currently setup with webDEALER access. The department will be verifying who will act as the county webDEALER administrator, ensuring this administrator has completed the applicable eLearning Center courses, and verifying access once the administrator is established.
Additionally, the department has created a project team charged with making programming enhancements to webDEALER. Many of these enhancements will address requests made by county tax assessor-collectors and dealers currently utilizing webDEALER.
The Texas dealer associations are aware of this new requirement and may begin notifying their members. This may result in your offices receiving inquiries related to webDEALER access.
To assist county tax assessor-collectors and dealers with initial webDEALER setup, the department has posted “Getting Started with webDEALER” videos at www.TxDMV.gov.
County tax assessor-collector’s offices receiving inquiries from dealers requesting webDEALER access may utilize the dealer version of “Getting Started with webDEALER” video as a resource.
In the coming weeks, “Using webDEALER” videos will also be made available to county tax assessor-collector offices and dealers at the same locations specified above. The department will notify you once these videos are available and provide additional information at that time.
Beginning in May, the department’s 16 Regional Service Center Managers will reach out to each county tax assessor-collector’s office not currently utilizing webDEALER to schedule time to present “Getting Started with webDEALER” and “Using webDEALER” on a more personalized level.
While the requirement to provide webDEALER access to dealers who make a request is not effective until September 1, 2020, there is no prohibition against granting authorization prior to this date. The department encourages you to begin utilizing webDEALER as soon as you are ready.
If you have any questions, please contact your local Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Regional Service Center.
Jeremiah Kuntz, Director
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
If you have any questions concerning this communication, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center.