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Moving to Texas? Info for Car & License
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:42:12 AM »
Here is the information for registering your vehicle in Texas and the
sequence of events pertaining to registering a vehicle and obtaining a
driver's license.
 
(1) Out-of-state title or out-of-state registration (if title is not
submitted, you must complete a form VTR-272,
    Application for Registration Purposes Only)

(2) Safety inspection certificate, form VI-30-A (from the safety
inspector)

(3) Form 130-U (Application for Texas Certificate of Title), completed
and
signed by you

(4) Fees: $90.00 new resident tax, $33.00 title fee, registration fee
(registration fee is based on type of vehicle)

(5) Proof of current liability insurance meeting Texas standards 
(20-40-15)

If your title is being held by a lienholder, we can submit a request
for
your lienholder to send us your title.

The form 130-U and VTR-272 is available at all Tax Office locations
(see our
website for locations), or on the Texas Department of Transportation
website
www.dot.state.tx.us (homepage: automobiles, then registration and
titling,
then 8th bullet down 'vehicle title and registration forms')

This may be filed in person at any Harris County Tax Office location or
by
mail. (Add $1.00 for mail processing fee)

Send the items listed above to: Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector,
PO Box
4089, Houston, TX 77210-4089 Attn: Title mail, 2nd floor Auto

Make personal check or money order payable to Paul Bettencourt.


Proper sequence of events:

(1) purchase liability insurance. (if you do not meet Texas minimums,
call
agent to raise minimums)

(2) get safety inspection (receive form VI-30-A, from the inspector) 
You
must present your insurance at the time of inspection.  Safety
inspections
are done by oil change businesses, mechanic shops, and full service gas
stations)

(3) apply for title/registration on vehicles to get receipts from the
Tax
Office

(4) apply for driver's license at Department of Public Safety (DPS).
You
must take your Tax Office receipts and liabilty insurance with you.
www.txdps.state.tx.us

Sincerely,

Susan Gant, Administrative Ass't
to Janice Colvin, Auto Manager
2nd Floor Auto Department
Harris County Tax Office
713-368-2024

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Re: Moving to Texas? Info for Car & License
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2005, 09:09:29 AM »
Thanks that's some great info. I know I'm switching two cars over soon and it will be nice to have this post at hand when I do.
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Re: Moving to Texas? Info for Car & License
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2005, 06:43:43 PM »
You know you can keep your car registered in your home state and just change your Driver License...you can return home to get vehical tags and inspections.  Changing title you will be taxed by Texas on the value of your car.  that could be in the hundreds of dollars....My oldest son kept his car registered in Texas and lived in Nashville, Tn for 3 years as he was working on his DPT and ended practicing in Dallas so all he had to do was changed  his drivers license.  If he had changed titles he'd be paying again to switch back to Texas.  I would recomend you keep your car title in your home state untill you know where you'r going to practice law....just a thought...

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Re: Moving to Texas? Info for Car & License
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2005, 07:03:33 PM »
Well, I bought a house here, so I'm pretty sure I'm staying. You MUST change your title as soon as you begin full time employment and/or as soon as you are a permanent resident.

BTW, TennTex, for some people it's far cheaper to be registered in TX and have a TX title than it is in their home state.

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Re: Moving to Texas? Info for Car & License
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2005, 06:26:09 PM »
I am most def. staying in Texas we have family, friends, etc. here and wouldn't be caught dead moving back to ohio. I think i'd move out of the country before I left Texas so not transfering my titles would just be delaying the inevitable. I also have my fiance (soon-to-be wife, July 30th) with me who will be working full time and not a student.
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Re: Moving to Texas? Info for Car & License
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2005, 06:51:17 PM »
I am most def. staying in Texas we have family, friends, etc. here and wouldn't be caught dead moving back to ohio. I think i'd move out of the country before I left Texas so not transfering my titles would just be delaying the inevitable. I also have my fiance (soon-to-be wife, July 30th) with me who will be working full time and not a student.


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