New Registration

With Texas being the second largest state in the entire country, there are definitely places you are going to need a motor vehicle to see. Now that you have a new car, you need to complete some step in order to get behind the wheel and start your state-wide adventure. One of those is to apply for a new registration. If you’re confused about where or how to start, keep on reading:

Registering Vehicles in TX

The steps to completing registration are straightforward in the Lone Star state. Once you have obtained a vehicle, albeit used or new, you have 30 days from point of sale to get said vehicle inspected and registered. However, unlike other states, you don’t go directly to the DMV. Instead, you need to go to the local County Tax Office with the following papers and items:

  • Proof of ownership – Bill of sale
  • Personal identification – Passport, birth certificate, certificate of naturalization, and the like
  • Proof of auto insurance that meets state standards
  • Completed application for a Certificate of Title (Form 130-U)
  • Certificate of Inspection, depending on your county (see below)
  • Registration Fees


There are several mandatory steps to getting vehicles registered in TX. First, every county compels residents to have annual safety inspections. Select countries require emissions inspections. Be aware of what’s required for where you live.

Active military members who are from other states don’t have to worry about registering their vehicle. However, you must be a licensed driver with a vehicle registered in your home state to be able to drive TX roads.

Applicable Fees

The cost of registration varies between counties, but here are the statewide fees:

  • Cars and light pickup trucks = $51.75
  • Motorcycles, mopeds = $30.00
  • 6,001 to 10,000 pound vehicles = $54.00

In addition to the main registration fee, you are also going to have to be prepared to pay the following:

(Note that prices aren’t listed because these vary depending on location.)

  • Automation fees
  • Local fee
  • TexasSure Insurance verification
  • Inspection fees – You need to pay a portion of a collection fee directly to the Inspection station
  • Processing and handling fees

TX also charges a 6.25% tax dependent on the value of the vehicle.

Other Things to Know

When you apply for a new registration, TX also asks that you get new license plates or take the plates from your old vehicle and transfer them over. Should this be your first vehicle, you needn’t worry about this, as the DMV will handle issuing license plates your first time around.

Transferring license plates can be done for free. You only need a reissued registration sticker for your car.

New Residents

Having just moved to the Lone Star state, you probably have a lot on your plate; but don’t let the 30 days that new residents have to register your vehicle slip away. You should also be aware that while applications for new vehicle registrations are handed to the TX DMV, all Texas driver’s licenses are obtained from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In order to register, you are going to have to take your vehicle through inspection at a certified station, which can be found on the TX DPS Vehicle Inspection Station website. Also, if you are moving from a state where a title was necessary, you will also need to download the Form 130-U from the Texas DMV website to bring along to the DMV when you apply for a new registration.

As mentioned before, the process for a new registration in Texas isn’t a harrowing process. Simply get your vehicle inspected according to the rules of your county, have proof of insurance, proof of personal identity, and the other required forms filled out before you visit the County Tax Office. You should receive a new registration sticker without any problem.