Vehicle registration plates or license plates as they are commonly known are important for many purposes. Not only do they help identify a car’s owner, they also demonstrate proof of registration and are used in keeping a record of the number of cars on the streets of a particular state. Since every US state follows its own set of traffic rules and regulations, the license plates of each state are also different for different states of origin of the driver.
Much like every state, in Texas vehicle license plates are issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) upon filing your paperwork with them. This normally includes proof of purchase, like a copy of a cheque or receipt showing the transaction, the buyer’s ID card, driver’s license, and proof of your residence in the state that you are applying for. Upon successful completion of the process, you will be issued a unique vehicle license plate that registers your car as belonging to the state of Texas.
By law in every state, including Texas, vehicle license plates cannot be sold off to another person, since they are tied to you and your car’s information only. You are also required to use only DMV issued vehicle license plates in Texas. People sometimes choose to get new license plates designed which may be difficult to understand and could result in misinformation if you’re ever pulled over.
If you are purchasing a used car, it is recommended that you pass the license plate number by the DMV, to ensure that the records are consistent with the information provided to you by the seller. If you relocate from Texas to another state or vice versa, it is important to register your license plate with the state DMV as soon as possible, because you will be moving out of your own state’s jurisdiction and the license plates will reflect this for your car.
Ensuring your car’s registration is up to date and you have the correct license plates is one more step in proving yourself as a responsible driver.
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Q:For a Texas license plate registration, will I have to fill out any form?
A:Yes, you will have to fill out a registration form at your DMV office nearby. This form has to be submitted along with documents such as identification, title transfer certificate, bill of sale, social security number, and residency. You must also pay a registration fee. To find out more about car registration, browse through our pages.