Vehicle title and registration waiver ends April 14

Published on February 15, 2021

The temporary waiver of certain vehicle title and registration requirements, announced by Gov. Greg Abbott last March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will end at 11:59 p.m. April 14, 2021. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles reminds Texans to complete any overdue transactions now.

“It is not necessary to wait until the deadline,” said Executive Director Whitney Brewster. “The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles continued to offer registration renewal and other important services throughout the waiver period. Fortunately, many Texans are already in compliance with the requirements.”

Three ways to renew your vehicle registration:

  • Online. Go to the agency’s website, the quickest and least expensive way to renew. Save $1 if you renew online. Online renewal is available up to nine months past your registration expiration date.
  • Mail. Return the bottom portion of your registration renewal form, payment and other required information to your county tax assessor-collector.
  • In-person. Visit the office of your county tax assessor-collector. In many counties, in-person renewal is also available at other locations, such as certain grocery stores.

Before renewing registration, Texans will need to obtain a passing vehicle inspection at the state vehicle inspection station of their choice, unless their vehicle is exempt from inspection requirements.

The expiring temporary waiver covers these services:

  • Initial vehicle registration.
  • Vehicle registration renewal.
  • Vehicle titling.
  • Renewal of permanent disabled parking placards.
  • 30-day temporary permits.


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