Registration and Title Bulletin - #054-06
Date: September 6, 2006
To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors
Subject: Out-of-state Assignments
These documents contain text of correspondence sent by TxDOT to the county tax assessor-collectors, statutory agents who provide vehicle registration and titling services for citizens in Texas. This information is provided to apprise the general public of issues affecting the state's vehicle titling and registration process.
To provide procedures when a purchaser, as indicated on the title assignment, failed to obtain title in their name before reassigning ownership to a Texas resident.
Previously, Texas accepted bills of sale with out-of-state titles as described in the above situation and Texas titles assigned to foreign dealers or non-residents, then reassigned to a Texas resident using the existing Texas title.
Currently all states issue certificates of title for most vehicles and require the first retail purchaser to apply for title in their name. Research indicates that most states require the purchaser of a vehicle, with a title assignment showing a different purchaser, to apply for a Bonded Title, a Tax Collector's Hearing, or obtain a court order. Therefore, these procedures will apply to Texas title applicants.
When an out-of-state title indicates an assignment to someone other than the title applicant or a licensed motor vehicle dealer, the options for the "first Texas owner" to obtain title are to pursue a Tax Collector's Hearing, a Bonded Title, or a court order. Additionally, the same options apply with Texas titles assigned to foreign dealers or non-residents that are then reassigned to a Texas resident on the existing Texas title.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact your local Vehicle Titles and Registration Division Regional Office.
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