How do I register my car in Texas from out of state?

Can I register my out-of-state vehicle online in Texas? I’m moving to Texas in four months to live with my girlfriend. I plan on driving there, and to prepare for my residency, I will need to register my vehicle. I’m not entirely sure where to begin with this registration process.

This is certainly a big move—how exciting!
According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, people cannot register their out-of-state vehicle online. With that being said, you can register your vehicle in person once you move to Texas.
To begin the registration process when you arrive in the Lone Star State, your vehicle must pass an inspection before the vehicle can be registered. When you pass the inspection, you must register the car within 30 days of being in Texas.
After the inspection is complete and approved, you can bring the following items to your Texas county tax office. This is where you will complete the registration process for your vehicle.
You will need:
  • Proof of inspection (vehicle inspection report)
  • Proof of liability insurance (meeting state of Texas minimum requirements)
  • Vehicle odometer report (double-check with your county if this is required)
  • Proof of sales tax payment
  • Printed and filled out application for Texas title and registration
The registration process also includes the following fees:
  • Registration fee (base fee is $50.75 for passenger vehicles and light trucks)
  • Title application fee between $28–33, depending on the county
  • State portion of vehicle inspection fee, which can be up to $30.75
  • Local county fees, priced up to $31.50
  • 6.25% vehicle sales tax
  • $1 insurance verification fee
  • $4.75 processing and handling fee
Good luck—hope your move goes smoothly!
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Phoebe Mah
Answered on Nov 08, 2021

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