Texas Car Registration
Need to register your car in the state of Texas? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.
3: Via a local DMV office
If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
New Texas Car Registration
If you have purchased your vehicle through a dealership then they will perform all necessary registration tasks, but if you have just bought or been gifted a car any other way, or become an official resident, you are expected to register your vehicle as soon as possible. For a list of all DMV offices and their phone numbers make sure to visit http://www.txdot.gov/.
Visit car-registration.org for a step-by-step guide to obtaining a new Texas car registration.
Renewing Your Texas Vehicle Registration
If you are renewing your tag in Texas, you have the option of doing it online, in person or via mail.
Texas allows some drivers to renew their registration online, provided that they meet the certain state requirements. In order to register online, click here and follow the instructions given.
To renew your Texas tag in person, visit find your local DMV office. You will also be required to present payment for the required fees, your license plate number and proof of insurance.
If you’re out of state or can’t make it into an office, the state of Texas allows you to renew your registration by mail. You must mail the renewal notice, a copy of your insurance card, and the required fees (plus $1 transaction fee for mailing in your renewal) to the county tax office. You may also need to conduct an emissions inspection, if applicable.
If you have lost your renewal notice, please contact the customer service line by calling 1-512-465-7611.
Replacing Your Texas Car Registration
Lost your Texas car registration? You can easily apply for a duplicate in person at your county tax collector's office. For a list of offices, click here. You will need to bring the following with you:
- Proof of insurance
- Drivers license
- License plate numbers
Changing Your Address
In Texas, changing the address on your vehicle’s registration is easy as it can be done in person, or online.