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035-07 Elimination of Certificates of Authority to Demolish (Form VTR 71-3)

Registration and Title Bulletin - #035-07

Date: August 30, 2007

To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: Elimination of Certificates of Authority to Demolish (Form VTR 71-3)

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 inform you of the elimination of Certificates of Authority to Demolish a Motor Vehicle (COA), Form VTR 71-3.


In 2003, the Texas Legislature mandated that the department no longer issue a COA document (Form VTR 71-3) and that a Nonrepairable Vehicle Title (NRVT) be issued in its place. There are two very distinct sets of laws and processes for applying for a COA versus a NRVT and these have not changed. Only the document that is issued at the end of the process is changing.

Beginning October 1, 2007, when a COA application is approved, a NRVT will be issued instead of a COA document. Once a NRVT is issued, the motor vehicle may not be rebuilt and retitled. Certain parts may be reused, but parts that contain the vehicle identification number, such as the body of a passenger vehicle, may not.

All affected forms and publications will be revised accordingly.


Your offices should not see many of these documents as these vehicles may not be rebuilt or retitled. Any transaction in which a NRVT or COA is presented as the evidence of ownership should not be accepted.


If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact your local Vehicle Titles and Registration Division Regional Office.

In some cases the Registration and Title Bulletins (RTB) contain attachments. If you require a copy of the original signed RTB and the attachments, please e-mail us and include the RTB number. Repeat requests are subject to charges in

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