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002-14 ASE Safety Inspection for Assembled Vehicles

Registration and Title Bulletin - 002–14

Date: February 27, 2014

To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Safety Inspection for Assembled Vehicles, Form VTR–64

ASE Safety Inspection for Assembled Vehicles

Sample ASE Certification Status

These documents contain text of correspondence sent by TxDMV 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 advise you of a new department form required for assembled vehicles.

DETAILS

In an effort to ensure the safety of all motor vehicles operating on public roads, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) has developed a new form that is required for all assembled automobiles and light trucks including “kit cars.” The new form will not be required for assembled motorcycles, trailers, semitrailers, or any motor vehicle that is not eligible for registration. This new form is required in addition to all other required documentation for assembled vehicles. Refer to the TxDMV Motor Vehicle Title Manual for the other required documentation.

The ASE Safety Inspection for Assembled Vehicles, Form VTR–64, provides for an inspection of key safety components by an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician. The inspection checks items related to the safety and structural stability of the vehicle. An applicant who is unable to obtain an ASE safety inspection will not be eligible for a Texas title.

The following items are of particular importance concerning the Form VTR–64:

  • The inspection must be performed by an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician. Master status is established by passing the ASE Automobile Test Series A1 through A8.
  • A printout of the technician’s ASE Certification Status must be submitted along with the Form VTR–64. The printout must show, at minimum, the A1 through A8 certifications, and all eight (8) of the certifications must be current (unexpired) at the time of the inspection. The ASE safety inspection is not valid without this printout.
  • All applicable items on the inspection checklist must be initialed by the technician.
  • The “ASE Master Technician Statement” on page 2 must include, at minimum, the printed name, signature, inspection date, and certification number.
  • The ASE inspection does NOT replace or eliminate the mandatory Texas Department of Public Safety vehicle safety and emissions (if applicable) inspections.

The Form VTR–64 is only required for assembled automobiles and light trucks, including “kit cars” that are accompanied by a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin, applying for title for the first time.

Previously titled assembled vehicles, either Texas or out-of-state, will not be required to submit the Form VTR–64 unless the title is being used as evidence of ownership for a component part in a newly assembled vehicle.

COUNTY ACTION

Attached for your convenience are the ASE Safety Inspection for Assembled Vehicles, Form VTR–64, and sample ASE Certification Status printout.

Effective immediately, require the ASE Safety Inspection for Assembled Vehicles, Form VTR–64, for all assembled automobiles and light trucks, including “kit cars” that are accompanied by a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin, applying for an initial Texas title. Ensure Form VTR–64 is completed and all applicable items have been acknowledged under the “Vehicle Inspection.” Also, ensure the inspection is accompanied by the ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician’s ASE Certification Status printout showing, at minimum, the A1 through A8 certifications and that all eight (8) of the required certifications are current (unexpired) at the time of the inspection. Applications not meeting these requirements must not be processed until all requirements are met.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center.

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