Vehicle Registration Guide In Texas

If you're a new Texas resident, you're probably having a good time – there's a lot to see and do in the country's second-largest state, from exploring the cities to visiting the Gulf Coast and the hill country and getting there by car is half the fun. But first, you'll need to register your vehicle.

New Resident In Texas

After establishing residency in Texas, residents have 30 days to have their vehicle inspected and registered. Residents must have the following items before visiting their local County Tax Office:
  • Proof of auto insurance.
  • A vehicle safety inspection is performed. When you arrive at the inspection station, be prepared to show proof of car insurance.
Then, residents of this state can register their vehicle by going to their local County Tax Office and bringing:
  • Proof of vehicle insurance.
  • Proof that the vehicle has passed a safety inspection.
  • Proof that the resident is the vehicle owner (registration or title from the previous state).
  • A completed Texas Certificate of Title Application (Form 130-U). Even if the residents are not titling their vehicles, they should use this application to register them.
  • Registration fees must be paid. Individuals may be required to pay additional titling or sales tax fees depending on their circumstances.