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infoThe eTAG System is Moving to webDEALER! - eTAG logoThe eTAG system is moving to webDEALER! webDEALER will now be the system used for creating Buyer Tags (or other tags) and processing title applications. Users who have accounts for both eTAG and webDEALER will be able to issue tags and create title applications within the same system.

eTAG/webDEALER Resources

infoeLICENSING LogoeLICENSING: New Online System for Motor Vehicle Licensees - You are now able to apply for, renew, or amend motor vehicle licenses online. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) replaced its paper-based licensing system with an online self-service hub for all motor vehicle licensees and salvage dealers operating in Texas.




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TxDMV issues and renews the various types of licenses necessary for different facets of the sale and distribution of motor vehicles in Texas. The rules for licenses, vehicle advertising, hearings, and the Lemon Law are set by the TxDMV Board and are located in the Statutes and Rules section.


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  • Assembles, installs, or affixes a body, cab or special equipment to a chassis, or
  • Substantially adds, subtracts from or modifies a previously assembled or manufactured motor vehicle other than a motor home, ambulance or fire-fighting vehicle.


  • Necessary for new vehicle sales
  • Operate under agreements with manufacturers or distributors

Independent (GDN)

  • Basic dealer license
  • Allows to buy, sell or exchange the type of used vehicle for which the GDN is issued


  • Allows drive-a-way operator to transport and deliver a vehicle in Texas from the manufacturer or another point of origin
  • Drive-a-way operators may apply for, receive, and attach metal in-transit license plates to the vehicles they transport.


  • The lease facilitator license may operate as a leasing agent or leasing company.
  • The lessor license is required, under the terms of a lease agreement, to give another person the right to possess and use a motor vehicle.
  • Franchised dealers do not have to apply for a separate lessor license to be able to lease the vehicles they are licensed to sell.


  • Manufactures or assembles new motor vehicles.


  • Distributes or sells new motor vehicles to a franchised dealer, or
  • Enters into franchise agreements with franchised dealers on behalf of the manufacturer


  • Is or acts as an agent or employee for a manufacturer, distributor or converter, and
  • Performs any duty in Texas relating to promoting the distribution or sale of new motor vehicles, or
  • Contacts dealers in this state on behalf of a manufacturer, distributor, or converter.

Salvage Dealer

  • Buy or sell more than five salvage or nonrepairable motor vehicles in a calendar year;
  • Repairs or rebuilds more than five salvage motor vehicles in the same calendar year.


MP910221009TxDMV Motor Vehicle Division and Enforcement Division are pleased to offer services to our existing dealers/licensees and those in the application process. We are here to serve you.

Dealer Training Seminars

Tips & Rules Training

New Dealer Startup Information Mailer

Texas Automobile Dealers Association Online course: How to Become an Independent Auto Dealer










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Motor Vehicle Inquiry

and Shows

960x595Motor vehicle events (shows and exhibitions) are a component of the motor vehicle and trailer distribution industry where marketing of motor vehicle and trailer products take place.

Whether the event is a single participant event or a multiple participant event, licensees must obtain permission from the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to participate before the date the show or exhibition opens. No fee is required.

Events are governed by the:

  • Texas Occupations Code §2301.358,
  • Texas Transportation Code Chapter 503.003,
  • Texas Administrative Code, Title 43, Chapter 215.

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Sales

In general, it is illegal for motor vehicle and trailer sales to take place at any location other than a licensed location. However, the law allows for the sales of specific types of motor vehicles and trailers in approved types of events.

Key Forms

For more information contact us at (512) 465-4029.


Buyer Tag

The eTAG system is designed to make processing dealer tags fast and easy for dealerships throughout the state while making temporary tag information available in almost real-time to law enforcement.

The eTAG system:
  • Works via a web-based application
  • Provides greater security by using unique numbers on every eTAG
  • Replaces old style tags that are no longer legal


webDealer iconThe webDEALER system allows dealers to process title applications and new registrations online. TxDMV Regional Service Centers assist county tax offices with setting up dealer access to the system.

Phase 1 of webDEALER included statewide rollout to dealers of new vehicles. Phase 2 has included rollout to dealers of used vehicles, beginning with a pilot group and extending statewide to all dealers March 1, 2015. Future phases of webDEALER will expand use to salvage dealers and private party sales.

If you would like to sign up for webDEALER, contact your local county tax office. For a list of counties currently participating in webDEALER, select the link provided below.

More Information

Web Service Specifications

List of Counties Actively Using webDEALER

Equipment Requirements for webDEALER

webDEALER 3.1.1 Dealer User Guide

webDEALER 3.1.1 Commercial Fleet Buyer User Guide


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The licensee categories eligible for metal dealer’s plates include: Franchise, GDN Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle, Manufacturer Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle Plates, Converter Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle, and In-Transit Metal Plates.


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