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Texas extends waiver on vehicle registrations, titles

Texans temporarily aren’t required to register their vehicles or obtain titles because the state extended its waiver due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the waiver in March and it remains in effect.

When the services resume, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles said it will notify the public and people will have 60 days to renew overdue titles and registrations.

The following services are waived until further notice:

  • Initial vehicle registration
  • Vehicle registration renewal
  • Vehicle titling
  • Renewal of permanent disabled parking placards
  • 30-day temporary permits

Texas residents with overdue registrations can renew them online or by mail. The DMV does not issue driver licenses or state ID cards. Texans should contact the Texas Department of Public Safety for those services.

Most in-person vehicle title and registration services are handled by county tax offices. People can check the DMV website to see if they’re open or contact them directly.

These services are only available in-person by appointment at DMV regional service centers:

  • Replacement titles
  • Bonded title notices of determination
  • Title histories
  • Temporary permits
  • Assigned/reassigned numbers
  • Registration refund authorizations
  • Investigation and resolution of Texas title errors

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