Temporary Waiver Extends Time Period to Transfer Titles
Many dealers living in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have contacted TIADA with questions regarding title transfers. Late Thursday evening the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles released a statement on this issue.
Effective immediately, vehicle purchasers residing in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey are permitted a temporary extension of time to transfer a title and a waiver of the late transfer penalty for an additional forty-five (45) days. The temporary extension is effective until October 16, 2017.
The temporary waiver is restricted to title transfers for owners from the counties set forth in the proclamation from Governor Abbott issued this week. The temporary waiver grants an additional 45 days to process titles and waives associated delinquent transfer penalty fees during that period.
The affected counties include:
Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Fayette, Galveston, Lee, Goliad, Karnes, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Kerr, Kleberg, Lavaca, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Willacy, Wilson
UPDATE: TxDMV would like to remind dealers that as stated in the Texas Transportation Code 503.063, they can only issue ONE temporary buyer's tag for each vehicle sold. Law enforcement officers will not issue citations for expired registration to Texas residents from these affected counties through October 16, 2017. This will allow drivers from the affected areas time to register their vehicle without facing fines.
LINK: Counties Affected by Hurricane Harvey
LINK: Texas Suspends Vehicle Titling and Registration Requirements