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013-07 Electronic Signatures on Surety Bond Power of Attorney (POA)

Registration and Title Bulletin - #013-07

Date: May 11, 2007

To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: Electronic Signatures on Surety Bond Power of Attorney (POA)

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.

PURPOSE

To clarify policy regarding the acceptance of an electronic signature on a Surety Bond POA accompanying a Certificate of Title Surety Bond transaction. This Registration and Title Bulletin (RTB) rescinds RTB 048-03.

DETAILS

We have been informed that some Certificate of Title Surety Bond transactions are being rejected for bearing an electronic signature on a Power of Attorney. It is the department's policy to accept electronic signatures on a Surety Bond POA if the POA also includes an embossed or digital seal. All other POA's must have original signatures or be certified as a "true and correct copy of the original." The Certificate of Title Surety Bond must include original signatures.

COUNTY ACTION

Effective immediately, please do not reject a bonded title transaction if the Surety Bond POA has an electronic signature and an embossed or digital seal.

CONTACT

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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