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004-08 Agency Change for Tow Truck Cab Card

Registration and Title Bulletin - #004-08

Date: February 7, 2008

To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: Agency Change for Tow Truck Cab Card



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 notify counties that towing companies will start presenting different cab cards when applying for Tow Truck license plates.


Effective January 1, 2008, House Bill 2094, transferred the regulation of towing companies and tow trucks from TxDOT Motor Carrier Division to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Starting February 4, 2008, towing companies will receive new tow truck cab cards from TDLR rather than TxDOT. The changes to the cab cards are the:

  • state seal of Texas on top instead of the TxDOT logo,
  • agency name and phone number change at the bottom of the form,
  • expiration will change from two years to one year

There will be a period of time that either cab card will be valid. TxDOT cab cards will be phased out as towing companies renew their credentials with TDLR. Examples of both TDLR and TxDOT cab cards are attached.


When Tow Truck license plates are requested, counties should inspect the cab card before issuing the plates to ensure the cab card is a valid and current TDLR or TxDOT document and the vehicle is listed.


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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