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Add or Remove a Lien on a Vehicle

To add or remove a lien on your vehicle title, visit your local county tax office. The title fee is $28 or $33, depending on your county, and must be paid at time of application. Please contact your local county tax office for the exact cost.

Add a Lien

To add a lien on a title, you will need: the vehicle title, and a completed Application for Texas Title and/or Registration (Form 130-U).

Form 130-U

Add an Additional Lien

To add another lienholder on the vehicle title, you will need the vehicle title, Application for Texas Title and an Additional Lien Statement.

Form VTR-267

Remove a Lien

After the lien on a vehicle is paid off, the lienholder has 10 business days after receipt of payment to release the lien.

  • If the lien was recorded on a paper title, the lienholder mails the title to you.
  • If your lien was recorded electronically, the title record is maintained electronically by TxDMV and the lienholder notifies you the lien has been removed.

To remove a lien, you will need:

  • the vehicle title,
  • a release of lien letter and/or other notifications from the lienholder(s) currently named on the vehicle title, and
  • a completed Application for Texas Title.
    130-U Application for Texas Title

If your lien was recorded electronically, the lienholder coordinates with us to remove the lien from our records. No action is required on your part.

Obtain a Paper Title for an Electronic Record

When the department receives an electronic release of lien notification from a lienholder, the electronic record is automatically converted from an e-Title to a paper title and mailed to the recorded owner or third party.

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