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09/09/2013: New Certified Lienholders Approved for Electronic Lien Title (ELT) ProgramMore

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Electronic Lien and Title

The Electronic Lien and Title Program (ELT) is a paperless method that allows TxDMV and a financial institution or lienholder to exchange vehicle title information electronically. The title record is sent electronically and the lienholder stores the electronic record instead of a paper certificate of title. The electronic title is created and held by TxDMV in the state motor vehicle database.

Title applications are submitted and processed through the local county tax office. Under ELT, when a lien has been satisfied, the lender must submit an electronic release of lien. The lienholder is then removed from the record, receives an electronic notification and a paper title is sent to the owner.

ELT supports:

  • Electronic Lien notifications
  • Electronic Lien releases
  • Conversion of electronic titles to paper titles

When a paper title is necessary for a record with an active lien, the lienholder can request a printed title.

  • Cost savings as electronic records will not require the same handling, storage and mailing as paper titles
  • Reduces administrative burden for processing and filing paper titles
  • Improves data accuracy
  • Improves timeliness of data exchange
  • Improves data and forms security
  • Provides better customer service
Participation in ELT

Lienholders and service providers interested in participating in ELT services need to:

  1. Complete the ELT intake form
  2. Sign our Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  3. Meet TxDMV's Technical Specifications
  4. Complete technical certification testing
  5. Submit forms via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
ELT Lienholder Schedule

The SLA and Intake form must be completed and approved by the "Data by" date.

Data By
(first business day of)
Release Date
(last business day of)
Effective Date of Usage
January January February
February February March
March March April
April April May
May May June
June June July
July July August
August August September
September September October
October October November
November November December
December December January

Schedule is subject to variation

Is the ELT program mandatory? No.

Service Level Agreement (SLA) Information

A new SLA is required when a lienholder changes its name, files for bankruptcy or changes service providers. After submitting a signed SLA, TxDMV will assign a two-digit number to append to your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).

Note: Outdated Service Level Agreements will be rejected.

Print Titles
  • If your customer moves out of state or in cases of repossession, a printed title will need to be obtained.
  • Once a lienholder is certified, they have the option to file a title either electronically or by paper (not all titles have to be electronic).


More Information

For more information, please e-mail us or call (512) 465-4010.

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