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002-08 Specialty License Plates - Monthly Purge

Registration and Title Bulletin - #002-08

Date: January 25, 2008

To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: Specialty License Plates - Monthly Purge


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.


With the Specialty Plate Project implementation coming to a close, we are reinstating the monthly purge of the special plate file. The purge will occur the first Sunday of each month.


Beginning February 3, 2008, approximately 30,000 motor vehicle records of all specialty plate types that have been expired for two months or more will be purged. The purge affects records with expired registration (November 2007 and prior). These purged specialty plate numbers (personalized and non-personalized) will be returned to virtual inventory and will be available for purchase and/or re-issue.

A customer wishing to renew their personalized license plate selection on a purged record must reapply for the personalized plate selection if it is still available. The customer or county may check the availability of a plate selection using The customer also has the option of requesting a set of general issue plates if their personalized selection is not available.

Customers with non-personalized organizational, collegiate, or professional sports team specialty plates who wish to renew their expired specialty plates will also be required to apply for another set of specialty plates. They will not receive the same license number that was on their expired specialty plate. Those customers will also have the option of requesting general issue plates.


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If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact your local Vehicle Titles and Registration Division Regional Office. You may also call Mike Craig, Deputy Director, or me at (512) 465-7570.

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