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For Our Troops

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We appreciate your service to our country and are proud to be able to provide special services to military personnel, veterans, and their families.

We have grouped information, forms and links together based on what your needs are, for example, requirements for new residents, the process for transferring your vehicle, determining inspection requirements, applying for military plates, etc. In addition, we have developed a packet that you can download or print that provides instructions and forms you will need – combined together in one convenient document. This packet may also be used by friends and family to submit title and registration forms on your behalf.

Military Packet

If you are a Non-resident serving in Texas, you are allowed, but not required, to register your vehicle with your local county tax office.

If you have any questions or would like additional help with your motor vehicle needs, call 1-888-DMV-GOTX or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Welcome to
Texas!

Welcome to Texas!

We understand being in the military creates special situations when being relocated from one state to another, or from one country to another. Hopefully the tips and guidance we have gathered for you will help to eliminate some of your stress, or even make your relocation a breeze when it comes to your vehicle.

If you are temporarily stationed in Texas, you may keep your vehicle registration from your home state. You are required to keep your registration current.

If you find Texas as irresistible as we do and plan to make it your permanent home, then you need to register your vehicle here. As a new resident, you have 30 days to apply for a Texas title or registration along with obtaining insurance meeting the minimum amount of insurance coverage required by the State of Texas, and a Texas safety inspection and Vehicle Inspection Certificate. If you would like to apply for a Texas driver license the Texas Department of Public Safety issues driver licenses.

The Process

The Process for Transferring Your Vehicle to Texas
  • Step 1 - Complete a VIN Self-Certification form (Form VTR-272-B) that you can complete and submit or you can obtain an Out of State Identification Certificate (Form VI-30 issued by a vehicle inspection station).
  • Step 2 - Obtain insurance on the vehicle that meets the state’s minimum requirements. You will be required to furnish the declarations page for registration purposes.
  • Step 3 - Proof of military service or Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) along with a copy of your current government issued identification.
  • Step 4 - An Application for Texas Title form (Form 130-U).
  • Step 5 - If you are applying for a Texas title and registration you will also need:
    1. The current title (Or MCO if a new unregistered vehicle).
    2. If importing from another country a USDOT Form HS-7 or a US Customs Form CBP7501.

If you are applying for registration purposes only (no title will be issued) you will also need:

    1. Your current out of state registration, and
    2. An Application for Registration Purposes Only form (Form VTR-272).
  • Step 6 - Because we all enjoy the Texas roads and scenery, each vehicle registered in Texas pays fees unless you are exempt by law.
Fees
Description Estimate
New Resident Tax (if applicable) $90.00
Registration fee for passenger car or truck (6,000 lbs and less) $50.75
Title application fee (varies by county) $28.00 or $33.00
Local and county fees (varies by county) $5 - $21.50 (varies by county)
Automation fee $1.00
DPS insurance fee $1.00

Since counties vary in their fees and their fees may change, be sure to check with your county for specific amounts.

Taxes

If you are a Texas resident and have not previously paid a Texas sales tax on the vehicle, you will pay either a 6.25% sales tax or the difference between the full amount of taxes less any taxes previously paid to another state. For used vehicles the value of the vehicle will be determined at the county and is based on the Standard Presumptive Value (SPV) of the vehicle. A SPV calculator is available on our home page for your reference. Information can be obtained by calling (800) 252-1382 or by visiting www.window.state.tx.us.

Insurance, Inspections
& Importing

Insurance

Texas law requires the following minimum amounts of coverage for your vehicle:

  • $30,000 bodily injury to or death of one person in any one accident
  • $60,000 bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one accident, with a $30,000 limit for one person
  • $25,000 because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident

"No fault" insurance is not valid proof of financial responsibility in Texas. However, proof of financial responsibility from out of state or out of country is acceptable if the insurance company is licensed to do business in Texas and reflects the above minimum amounts.

Annual Vehicle Safety Inspection

Every vehicle registered in Texas and operated on a public roadway (unless exempted by law) must pass an annual safety inspection. You will need to present valid proof of liability insurance in order to receive your vehicle inspection sticker. Some counties also have emissions testing requirements. Please check with your county for requirements.

Texas approved inspection stations conduct vehicle inspections and VIN verifications. Many mechanics, repair facilities, and full-service stations are approved to perform the inspections. Look for the state inspection sign at their place of business.

Contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (512) 424-7293 or visit their website, for more information regarding vehicle inspections.

Importing a Vehicle

If you will be bringing in a vehicle purchased in another country, you are required to meet all federal and state importation requirements before you can title and/or register it in the state of Texas.

Your vehicle must meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More information concerning duty or other Customs matters is available from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Your vehicle must pass a Texas vehicle safety inspection and a visual verification of the vehicle identification number (VIN). You can have your vehicle inspected by any Texas approved Safety Inspection Station.

You must provide a certified English translation of any document printed in any language other than English.

Leaving
Texas

If you are a Texas resident serving out of the state, you can retain your Texas title and continue to renew your registration. If you have a Texas title you must keep the registration valid and up to date.

You can renew your registration online, or by mail. Be sure to change the address at TxDMV for your registration to make sure there is no time delay. Thanks for visiting and thank you for serving our country.

Military
License Plates

Air-Force-CrossAre you or were you in the military? A disabled veteran? In the Texas Guard?

View license plates made just for you.

Thank you for your service.

 

 

 

Military Specialty Plates Catalogue

Military License Plates Brochure

 

International Symbol of Access (ISA)

If you’re a disabled veteran, you may have the International Symbol of Access (ISA) displayed on your military license plates; or choose to receive a disabled person placard for each vehicle with a Disabled Veteran plate. To do so, please complete and submit Form VTR-615 Application for Disabled Veteran License Plates and Parking Placards to obtain your disabled license plates or placards.
Note: the Disabled Veteran plates can no longer include both the ISA symbol and an emblem.

VTR-615 Application for Disabled Veteran License Plates and Parking Placards

Replacement Plates

We issue replacement license plates every seven years to maintain license plate reflectivity. Your replacement plates will have the same plate number and will arrive in the mail to your home.

If you order new military plates with a new design or an ISA to replace your existing military plates, a new plate number will be assigned. Disabled Veteran plate numbers will not change if an emblem or an ISA is added. When you receive your new plates, please surrender the old ones to your county tax assessor-collector so they may be destroyed or recycled.

Transfer of Plates

You may transfer your military plate to a new vehicle, but remember to inform your car dealer and/or county tax assessor-collector, so your vehicle’s registration record can be updated. You may be asked to clarify if the plate number is the designated “first set” or an additional set of plates, as registration fees differ.

Surviving Spouses

If you are a surviving spouse of a veteran, you may retain your spouse’s military plate unless it is a Disabled Veteran plate. You may also apply for a Surviving Spouse plate of your own. If you are the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran, you must pay $3 for the first set of plates. . Additional sets are free, but annual registration fees and any additional fees will apply. If you would like an ISA displayed on your disabled surviving spouse license plate, you must provide proof of your disabled status by completing form VTR-214 Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/or License Plate.

VTR-425 Surviving Spouse of a Veteran

VTR-214 Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/or License Plate

Gold Star

If you are an immediate family member (defined as a parent, child, sibling, or spouse) of a person who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, you may order a Gold Star license plate. Only one set of Gold Star plates may be issued per person.

VTR-423 Application for Gold Star License Plates

Parking Privileges and Fee Exemptions for Vehicles with Military License Plates

State law allows for a vehicle with Disabled Veteran plates that is being operated by or for the disabled veteran to use any parking space or area that is designated specifically for persons with physical disabilities. Vehicles that display the following license plates may park free of charge at a parking meter operated by a governmental authority other than the federal government:

  • Air Force Cross
  • Air Medal and Air Medal with Valor
  • Army Distinguished Service Cross
  • Bronze Star and Bronze Star with Valor
  • Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Disabled Veteran
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Former Prisoner of War
  • Legion of Merit
  • Navy Cross
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Purple Heart
  • Silver Star
  • World War II

You should not assume all local and state parking will be free. Please be aware that some private and local government parking garages (for example, airports) are bound by local ordinances, and may not exempt parking fees in some situations. Some federal facilities require an ISA either on the plates or a disabled person placard be displayed.

Please call us at (512) 374-5010 if you have questions about military license plates.

 

More Information

VeteransPortal

The Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and their survivors. It is a compilation of key information from many government agencies to help you find the assistance, services, and benefits you need.

 

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