The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has received numerous phone calls from motorists who have received citations from law enforcement for registration violations. We are sending the attached communication to law enforcement officials in order to provide clarification regarding Governor Abbott’s waivers pertaining to vehicle registration. We ask that you provide the attached notice to your local law enforcement agencies to assist TxDMV in communicating this important message.
Vehicle owners may contact your office due to receipt of a citation for expired registration or for general questions regarding the registration waivers. We are providing a copy of Governor Abbott’s press release regarding the waivers (attached) for the use of county tax assessor-collectors and for sharing with motorists who have been cited.
For tax assessor-collectors renewing an expired registration while the temporary waiver is in effect, the “Valid Reason” should be selected on the Registration Additional Info REG039 screen in the Registration and Title System. Also, do not select “Citation/Charge Penalty” on the REG039 screen if the vehicle owner received a citation dated March 16, 2020, or later for expired registration.
The TxDMV will provide notice when normal services resume, and the temporary waivers will remain in effect until 60 days after the notice is provided. Updated guidance on processing expired registrations, and the selection of “Valid Reason” and “Citation/Charge Penalty,” will be provided to tax assessor-collectors at that time.
Jeremiah Kuntz, Director
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles