Temporary Permits can be purchased online from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

One Trip Permits

Eligible Vehicles:

  • Bus
  • Charter Bus (From another state)
  • Private Bus (Carrying property and passengers)
  • Commercial Vehicle (No property or passengers in the vehicle)
  • Passenger Vehicle
  • Truck or Truck tractor
  • Park Model Trailers
  • Motorcycle

30 Day Permits

Eligible Vehicles:

  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Private Bus
  • Trailer
  • Semitrailer
  • Light Commercial Vehhicles
  • Commercial Vehicle exceeding 10,000 lbs GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight)

72-hour or 144-hour Permits

Eligible Vehicles

  • Laden Truck
  • Truck Tractor
  • Trailer
  • Semitrailer
  • Motor Bus
Temporary Permits can be purchased online from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

General Requirements

  • Proof of insurance that meets Texas minimum liability requirements effective on the day that the permit is purchased.
  • Vehicles that have failed emissions testing are not eligible.
  • Vehicles that have been apprehended for operating with expired registration, junked, salvaged or non-repairable are not eligible.

One Trip Permits

  • Issued for the temporary movement of an empty vehicle or trailer
  • Point of origin or the point of destination must be in the state of Texas
  • Valid for one trip only between the point of origin, the point of destination, and the intermediate point
  • Exempt from inspection

30 Day Permits

Issued for the temporary movment of a vehicle carrying cargo or passengers.

72-hour or 144-hour Permits

  • May only be used for commercial vehicles and buses owned by residents of the U.S., Mexico, or Canada
  • Vehicles using 72-hour or 144-hour permits may only operate at the maximum weight of 80,000 lbs
  • Must pass Texas Safety Inspection and display a current inspection sticker
Temporary permits can be purchased online from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fees

Only cash and credit card payments are accepted for temporary permits purchased in person. There is a $3 credit card convenience fee on all credit card transactions.

$5.00 - One Trip Permits

$25.00 - 30 Day Permits

$25.00 - 72-hour Permits

$50.00 - 144-hour Permits

Can a permit from Texas be used in another state?

Other states may not recognize a Texas temporary permit. It is up to the customer to research if a Texas permit can be used in that state.

What can 72-hour and 144-hour permits be used for?

Non-Texas Residents may use these permits to:

  • Operate an unregistered commercial vehicle or bus in Texas
  • Engage in intrastate operations in Texas with out-of-state licensed commercial vehicles

Texas Residents may use these permits to operate:

  • An unregistered commercial vehicle or bus in Texas
  • A Texas registered commercial vehicle with a heavier gross weight than registered
  • A farm registered or soil conservation registered vehicle with its maximum legal gross weight in a manner other than normally intended