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020-07 Elimination of $5 Fee for Notification of a Vehicle Transfer

Registration and Title Bulletin - #020-07

Date: June 12, 2007

To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: Elimination of $5 Fee for Notification of a Vehicle Transfer

Attachment

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 provide information regarding elimination of the $5 fee for notification to the department when a vehicle is sold or transferred.

DETAILS

On May 24, 2007, the Texas Transportation Commission adopted administrative rule amendments to eliminate the payment of a $5 fee when submitting a vehicle transfer notification to the department. As a result, effective June 14, 2007, no fee will be required for this service.

This change is being made as a result of an increasing number of inquiries and complaints from vehicle sellers who are receiving notification of violations for vehicles they no longer own. We believe that eliminating the fee will encourage more sellers to submit notifications, thereby improving the integrity of motor vehicle records.

The Texas Motor Vehicle Transfer Notification (Form VTR-346) is being revised to eliminate all references to the fee and update the mailing address. The revised form will be available on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) web site (www.txdot.gov) on June 14, 2007. The You're Entitled brochure has also been revised to include the no fee form. A copy of the brochure is attached for your use on or after June 14, 2007. A supply of the revised brochure will be sent to you in the near future and additional stock may be obtained by contacting your Vehicle Titles and Registration Division (VTR) regional office. All references to the $5 fee will also be removed from other affected publications and forms, including the Certificate of Title document (Form 30-C).

COUNTY ACTION

Please continue to encourage your customers to submit a Vehicle Transfer Notification form when a vehicle is sold or transferred, including motor vehicle dealers in your area. Motor vehicle dealers may provide the form to their customers for submission, or as a customer service, the dealer may submit the form completed by their customer.

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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