COVID-19 FAQs

In March 2020, Governor Abbott issued a waiver of certain vehicle registration, titling, and parking placard regulations in Texas (https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-waives-certain-vehicle-registration-titling-and-parking-placard-regulations-in-texas). The waiver remains in effect at this time.

Please see below for answers to the most common questions about the waiver and modified operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration and Inspection

  • My registration expired, what should I do?
    • The Governor issued a waiver from the requirement to renew registration. The waiver was issued to avoid having large crowds in the county tax assessor collector offices. You may choose to take no action during the waiver period. If you take no action, you will have 60 days from the date the department announces that normal operations have resumed to have your vehicle inspected and complete the registration process. To receive email notification of this announcement, please subscribe to our mailing list at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXDMV/subscriber/new?topic_id=TXDMV_290.

      If you have already obtained a passing vehicle inspection, you may renew your registration online at https://renew.txdmv.gov/.
  • Can I still renew my registration during the waiver period?
    • Yes. If you renew your registration during the waiver period, you are still required to pass vehicle inspection first. The only exception to this is for those currently out of state (such as students or active military), who may self-certify that they are not in Texas during the online renewal process. Online registration renewal: https://renew.txdmv.gov/.
  • Must I have my vehicle inspected prior to registration if I wish to renew during the waiver period?
    • Yes. If you renew your registration during the waiver period, your vehicle must still pass inspection first. The only exception to this is for those currently out of state (such as students or active military), who may self-certify that they are not in Texas during the online renewal process.
  • Is vehicle inspection prior to registration still required during the waiver period?
    • Yes, vehicle inspection prior to registration is still required during the waiver period. The only exception to this is for those currently out of state (such as students or active military), who may self-certify that they are not in Texas during the online renewal process.
  • There are no vehicle inspection stations operating in my area.
    • The state vehicle inspection program is overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), which maintains a searchable database of inspection stations. While the nearest inspection station may not be performing inspections at this time, you may be able to find a station in your area: https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/vi/index.htm.
  • How can I find an inspection station near me that is open?
    • The state vehicle inspection program is overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), which maintains a searchable database of inspection stations. Please refer to the TxDPS website to find a station in your area, and remember to contact the station directly to confirm their current status: https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/vi/index.htm.

Citations for Expired Registration

County Tax Offices and In-Person Services

Note: Some county tax offices, which conduct many transactions on behalf of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, are operating with service changes and varying operating hours or procedures due to COVID-19. In some cases, county offices are closed, or only processing limited transactions. At this time, almost every county may be reached by phone or email.

  • How do I renew my registration if I am unable or ineligible to renew online?
    • For those unable to renew their registration online, you may be able to renew in person at your local county tax office (or through an authorized agent, such as certain grocery stores), or by mail. Some counties are operating drop boxes.

      County tax offices provide some services on behalf of TxDMV, however they are independently staffed and operated. Please contact your county office directly to determine its current operating hours, available services, and any special procedures related to COVID-19.
  • I want to renew my registration, but I don’t know how much I owe. How can I find out the total amount due?
    • Registration fees are calculated at the county level and vary from county to county. To determine the amount due to renew your vehicle registration, please contact your county tax office directly.
  • My county tax office is closed. When will my county tax office reopen?
    • We are unable to say when a county office will open if it is currently closed, or closed to the public but providing services via email, postal mail, drop boxes, or similar. County tax offices provide some services on behalf of TxDMV, however they are independently staffed and operated at the county level. Decisions regarding operations, operating hours, available services, and any special procedures related to COVID-19 are made by each county office, and will vary from county to county.

      We maintain a list of county tax office closures at https://www.txdmv.gov/covid-19?tab=tax-assessor-office-closures. Locate your county on the list and click for contact information and other important notices. Please note that the status of a county office is subject to change at any time.
  • Can I go to a tax office in another county if the tax offices in my home county are closed?
    • Yes, you can go to another county tax office that is willing to process your transaction when your county of residence is closed. Contact the willing county to ensure the office is open and to determine what options they have available for processing the transaction. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

Registration Sticker Status

  • What is the status of my registration renewal that I submitted by mail?
    • You may contact your local county tax office for a status of your registration renewal. Please note, COVID-19 may have had an impact upon your county tax office’s standard operations. Reasonable delays and changes to customer interactions can be expected.
  • How long will it take for my sticker to arrive by mail?
    • If you registered your vehicle online, you may track the status of your registration sticker by visiting www.txdmv.gov/track. Please allow up to three weeks for processing and mailing.

      If you registered your vehicle by mail, you may contact your local county tax office for a status on your registration renewal. Please note, COVID-19 may have impacted your county tax office’s standard operations. Reasonable delays and changes to customer interactions can be expected.
  • Why is it taking so long for my sticker to arrive?
    • If you registered your vehicle online, you may track the status of your registration sticker by visiting www.txdmv.gov/track. Please allow up to three weeks for processing and mailing.

      If you registered your vehicle by mail, you may contact your local county tax office for a status on your registration renewal. Please note, COVID-19 may have impacted your county tax office’s standard operations. Reasonable delays and changes to customer interactions can be expected.
  • Can I use my registration renewal receipt as proof of registration for more than 30 days since my sticker has not yet arrived?
    • A renewal receipt issued at time of online renewal is proof of registration for up to 30 days after the renewal date listed on the receipt. During the waiver period, if you have not received your registration sticker, it is advised that you retain the registration renewal receipt in your vehicle. Additionally, if you renewed online, you may track the status of your registration sticker by visiting www.txdmv.gov/track. Please allow up to three weeks for processing and mailing from our facility.
  • My sticker never arrived. How can I get a replacement?
    • A replacement can be processed in any county. Contact your local county tax office directly to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available for obtaining a replacement. If your county of residence is closed or are unable to process a replacement, contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available for processing replacements. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      You must complete an Application for Replacement License Plate(s) and/or Registration Sticker (Form VTR-60; see link below), stating that the license plates and/or registration sticker is lost, stolen, mutilated, or needs to be replaced for cosmetic or readability reasons. You must surrender the current year's registration receipt and any remaining plate or sticker.

       

      Form VTR-60

  • My sticker never arrived. How can I get a replacement if my county office is closed?
    • A replacement can be processed in any county. Contact your local county tax office directly to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available for obtaining a replacement. If your county of residence is closed or are unable to process a replacement, contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available for processing replacements. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      You must complete an Application for Replacement License Plate(s) and/or Registration Sticker (Form VTR-60; see link below), stating that the license plates and/or registration sticker is lost, stolen, mutilated, or needs to be replaced for cosmetic or readability reasons. You must surrender the current year's registration receipt and any remaining plate or sticker.

       

      Form VTR-60

  • Why can my transaction not be completed online or by mail?
    • All vehicle title and registration transactions and procedures are regulated by state law. For this reason, certain transactions are eligible to be conducted by mail or online, while others must be conducted in person.

License Plates and Specialty Plates

  • How do I obtain a replacement license plate when my county office is closed?
    • A replacement can be processed in any county. Contact your local county tax office directly to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available for obtaining a replacement. If your county of residence is closed or are unable to process a replacement contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options, they have available for processing replacements. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      You must complete an Application for Replacement License Plate(s) and/or Registration Sticker (Form VTR-60; see link below), stating that the license plates and/or registration sticker is lost, stolen, mutilated, or needs to be replaced for cosmetic or readability reasons. You must surrender the current year's registration receipt and any remaining plate or sticker.

       

      Form VTR-60

  • How do I obtain a specialty license plate when my county office is closed?
    • Specialty license plates can be ordered online at www.TxDMV.gov or through the state’s specialty license plate vendor, My Plates, at www.MyPlates.com. License plates ordered online are sent to your county of residence. Contact your county of residence by phone to determine what options are available for picking up specialty license plates.
  • Will I lose my specialty plate sequence if I am unable to renew on time?
    • No, you will not lose your specialty plate sequence if you do not renew during the waiver period. You may renew if you wish, or choose to take no action during the waiver period. If you take no action, you will have 60 days from the date the department announces that normal operations have resumed to have your vehicle inspected and complete the registration process.

Buying or Selling a Vehicle

  • How can I complete a title transfer when my county is closed?
    • A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • How do I register a vehicle I just purchased from a dealer?
    • Licensed Texas dealers are required to apply for title on behalf of the purchaser for most vehicles and will provide a license plate and registration upon completion of the title transfer. If you purchased one of these vehicles, you should have been provided a form designating which county the dealer must file the title application in.

      Dealers have been provided instructions on how to handle title applications when the county selected by the purchaser is closed. No action is needed on your part for the dealer to submit the title application.

      Contact your dealer if you have questions on the status of your title application, license plates, and registration. If the dealer is not required to apply for title, you must submit a title application to your county of residence, the seller’s county of residence, or the county where the vehicle is encumbered, if applicable.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • How do I obtain a license plate for a vehicle purchased from a dealer when my county office is closed?
    • Licensed Texas dealers are required to apply for title on behalf of the purchaser for most vehicles and will provide a license plate upon completion of the title transfer. If you purchased one of these vehicles, you should have been provided a form designating which county the dealer must file the title application in. Dealers have been provided instructions on how to handle title applications when the county selected by the purchaser is closed. No action may be needed on your part for the dealer to submit the title application.

      Contact your dealer if you have questions on the status of your title application and license plates. If the dealer is not required to apply for title, you must submit a title application to your county of residence, the seller’s county of residence, or the county where the vehicle is encumbered, if applicable.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • How do I transfer a title for a vehicle I just bought from a private seller?
    • If you buy a car or light truck in a private party sale and the seller keeps the Texas license plates, you may print a Vehicle Transit Permit to legally drive the vehicle home or to your local county tax office. License plates will be issued when you title and register your vehicle.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person
  • How do I obtain a license plate for a vehicle purchased from a private seller when my county office is closed?
    • If you buy a car or light truck in a private party sale and the seller keeps the Texas license plates, you may print a Vehicle Transit Permit to legally drive the vehicle home or to your local county tax office. License plates will be issued when you title and register your vehicle.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the owner’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person
  • I just bought a vehicle from a private seller. If I do not transfer the title, as is allowed during the waiver period, do I just drive the vehicle without any plates or tags? Are temporary permits available?
    • If you buy a car or light truck in a private party sale and the seller keeps the Texas license plates, you may print a Vehicle Transit Permit to legally drive the vehicle home or to your local county tax office (please see https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/register-your-vehicle/temporary-permits). License plates will be issued when you title and register your vehicle.

      A title application can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when your county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • I need to obtain a vehicle identification number inspection (68-A) performed by law enforcement to obtain title to my vehicle, but offices are closed. What do I do?
    • The Governor issued a waiver for the requirement to apply for title within a specified timeframe and the associated delinquent transfer penalty to avoid large crowds. The waiver for title requirements prevents the need to obtain a 68-A during this time. In addition, the department has extended the period in which a previously completed 68-A can be accepted. The 30-calendar day period has been extended to be consistent with the waiver to apply for title in a specified timeframe. A properly completed 68-A is acceptable until 60 days after the department announces that normal operations have resumed regardless of the inspection date. To receive email notification of this announcement, please subscribe to our mailing list at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXDMV/subscriber/new?topic_id=TXDMV_290.

New Texas Residents

  • I am moving to Texas, what do I need to do during the waiver period?
    • An application for title and registration for a new resident can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the new resident’s county of residence is closed. Contact the new resident’s county of residence to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available.

      If not, contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title and registration. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.
  • What do I do if I am new to Texas and my county office is closed?
    • An application for title and registration for a new resident can be filed in any county willing to accept the application when the new resident’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available to apply for title and registration. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      Additional guidance for new residents: https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/new-to-texas.

Handicap Placards

  • How can I renew my disability placard if my county office is closed?
    • If a Permanent Disabled Placard (blue) needs to be renewed during the waiver period, contact your local county tax office directly to determine if in-person or drop-off services are available. If not, a Permanent Disabled Placard can be renewed in any county willing to accept the transaction when the disabled person’s county of residence is closed. Contact the desired county to ensure the county is open and to determine what options they have available for renewal of a Permanent Disabled Placard. This may include submitting the transaction by mail versus in person.

      Temporary Disabled Placards (red) cannot be renewed and are only valid for six months from the date of issuance, or until the end of the disability, whichever comes first.

      General information on placards and plates is available at https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/disabled-parking-placards-plates.

Driver License Services

  • The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issues driver licenses. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is unable to provide guidance on DPS policies, operations, or procedures. For information on driver license policies, please visit the DPS website: https://www.dps.texas.gov/