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Register Your Vehicle

New Texans have 30 days from the time they move to register their vehicle. You must register your vehicle before you can apply for a Texas Driver License.

Insurance

In Texas, you must have proof of insurance coverage for a minimum of $30,000 per injured person, up to a total of $60,000 for everyone injured in an accident, and $25,000 for property damage.

If you have out-of-state insurance that meets these requirements, bring the declarations page of your policy. Insurance from the following states can never be accepted in Texas: Washington DC, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Utah.

Inspection

Take your vehicle and proof of insurance to a certified Texas Department of Public Safety vehicle inspection station in Travis County. Most dealerships, mechanics and full-service gas stations can perform state inspections. A DPS Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) with an original signature is required to title or register a vehicle that is new to Texas.

Initial Registration

Provide your inspection documents and proof of insurance along with the following:

Proof of Ownership

Bring:

  • Original title
  • Vehicle's most recent registration receipt
  • If there is a lien holder on your vehicle, you must also provide the full lien holder name, address, city, state, zip code and the first lien date.

Valid Photo ID

The following types of identification will be accepted:

  • Driver License or state identification certification issued by a state or territory of the U.S.
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • U.S. military identification
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification or identification issued under a U.S. Status of Forces Agreement
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security identification
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation
  • U.S. Department of State ID

If you are registering a vehicle with a power of attorney or in the name of a business, organization or trust, visit Title Transfers for additional information about identification requirements.

Application

The Application for Texas Certificate of Title (VTR 130-U) is used to create a vehicle record in Texas so a registration sticker and license plates can be issued. If you surrender an out-of-state title, this form will also be used to issue a Texas title.

When the most recent registration receipt is provided as proof of ownership, the Application for Registration Purposes Only (VTR 272) must be filled out in addition to the VTR 130-U.

Fees

Vehicles Already Titled in Your Name

Required Fee Amount
New Resident Fee $90.00
Title Application Fee $33.00
Registration Fee* $64.25
State Inspection Fee* $10.25
TOTAL $197.50

*Registration and inspection fees based on cars or trucks weighing 6,000 lbs or less with a safety and emissions inspection. Visit Vehicle Registration for information about other vehicle types. Visit Two Steps One Sticker for information about other inspection fees.

Vehicles Not Titled in Your Name

If the vehicle is being transferred into your name, sales tax is due. In Texas, sales tax is based on the purchase price of the vehicle or the Standard Presumptive Value (SPV). SPV is the calculated value of a vehicle based on the sale of similar vehicles in Texas.

Required Fee Amount
Sales Tax 6.25%
Title Application Fee $33.00
Registration Fee* $64.25
State Inspection Fee* $10.25

*Registration and inspection fees based on cars or trucks weighing 6,000 lbs or less with a safety and emissions inspection. Visit Vehicle Registration for information about other vehicle types. Visit Two Steps One Sticker for information about other inspection fees.

More about future year vehicle registration renewals...

Register to Vote

Voter registration is effective 30 days after the date of registration in Texas.

Eligibility

You are eligible to register and vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of Travis County;
  • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • You are not a convicted felon, or, if convicted you have been pardoned or fully discharged your sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, or probation; and
  • You have not been declared by a court to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Register to Vote

Download a Voter Registration Application (Español). Print, sign, and mail the application to:

Travis County Voter Registration
PO Box 149327
Austin, Texas 78714-9327

NEW! (SB910) Voter registration applications can be submitted by fax to (512) 854-4840 as long as the original, signed application is received in our office within 4 calendar days from the date the fax is transmitted.

Find an Application

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Property Taxes

Property taxes are the main source of funding for local governments in Texas. Taxes collected are used to fund education, maintain roads, and support our police and fire departments. Visit Texas Comptroller Property Tax Assistance for a full list of publications about Texas property taxes or the Dates & Definitions section of this website for more information.

Property Appraisals

Market Value

The Travis Central Appraisal District estimates the market value of real and business personal property in the county as of January 1. Each spring, property owners are sent the Notice of Appraised Value and are given an opportunity to file a protest with the Appraisal Review Board.

Exemptions

Exemptions reduce the amount of taxes you pay on a property by reducing the taxable value. The amount of an exemption is determined by the taxing jurisdiction. Property owners who occupy their residence as a homestead may qualify for several different types of exemptions including a general homestead, over 65 homestead, disabled person homestead, or 100% disabled veteran homestead. In most cases, you must own your property on January 1 to qualify. Owners who purchase property in the middle of the year will qualify the following year.

Exemptions are administered by the Travis Central Appraisal District. Apply for your exemption online for free.

Tax Rates

Taxing Entities

Each fall, taxing entities such as cities, counties and school districts will plan their budgets and set tax rates. Information about tax rates and the meetings held to discuss tax rates is published in the newspaper in order to notify the public. Taxpayers can provide public comment at tax rate meetings.

Rate Information

The Travis County Truth In Taxation Summary provides a full list of taxing entities and their rate history for the past five years.

Tax Bills

Calculating Bills

On October 1st, the Tax Office receives the appraised values and exemptions from the appraisal district and the tax rates from the taxing jurisdictions and begins the process of calculating the tax bills. In Texas, taxes are per $100 of value. On your bill, you will see the taxable value multiplied by the tax rate and divided by 100 to equal the taxes due to each jurisdiction.

Mailing Bills

Tax bills are mailed in early October and due upon receipt. Taxes become delinquent on February 1, unless January 31 falls on a weekend or a holiday.

Delinquent Taxes

Delinquent taxes are subject to penalties and interest of 24% in the first year. The property is also subject to lawsuits and foreclosure. Travis County accepts partial payment of taxes and can establish payment plans for delinquent taxes.

More about property taxes...

Vehicle Registration

Now that I have moved to Texas, what do I do first?

  • Before you apply for a Texas Driver License, have your vehicle inspected and registered.
  • Voter registration is effective 30 days after the application is submitted. Register right away to be sure you do not miss the opportunity to vote in the next election.
  • If you purchased a property as your residence homestead, begin reading about the exemptions you may qualify for and important deadlines.

Voter Registration

Property Taxes