HB 1548 enacted by the 86th Legislature provides for the titling and operation of certain off-highway vehicles. The bill was effective June 14, 2019, and requires utility vehicles (UTVs) to be titled and provides limited on-road operation of certain off-highway vehicles if authorized by counties or municipalities and issued a license plate. Off-highway vehicles are defined as UTVs, recreational off-highway vehicles, and all-terrain vehicles.
HB 1548 requires the department to adopt administrative rules for the issuance of a license plate for off-highway vehicles and the associated fee. Programming of the department’s automated systems and the design of a new license plate will also be required.
The department is developing administrative rules and identifying programming changes needed to implement the bill. Until these implementation tasks are accomplished, counties will be unable to title UTVs, and license plates will not be available for issuance to off-highway vehicles.
The department will provide additional communication as rules and programming are complete. If you have any questions, please contact your local Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Regional Service Center.
Jeremiah Kuntz, Director
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division