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 Certificate of Title.
Add an Additional Lien
To add another lienholder on the vehicle title, you will need the vehicle title, Application for Texas Certificate of Title and an Additional Lien Statement.
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 Certificate of Title.
130-U Application for Texas Certificate of 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.