Travis County Tax Office

A gift is any transfer of a motor vehicle in which an eligible party does not receive a payment in exchange. If the vehicle is being transferred as a gift due to death or divorce, contact us for more information.


To qualify the vehicle must be received from the following eligible parties:

  • Spouse (separate property)
  • Parent/Stepparent or Father/Mother-in-law
  • Child/Stepchild or Son/Daughter-in-law
  • Sibling or Brother/Sister-in-law
  • Grandparent/Grandparent-in-law
  • Grandchild/Grandchild-in-law
  • Guardian (Must show proof of guardianship)
  • Decedent's Estate
  • Certain Revocable Living Trusts
  • Donated to or given by a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization



Properly assigned original or certified copy provided by the TxDMV or titling authority from another state.


  • Identification must be provided for the primary recipient
  • A copy of the identification can be used
  • All identifications must meet Texas requirements

Liability Insurance

  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Must meet Texas requirements at the time of title transfer
  • The vehicle must be listed on the buyer's policy
  • Insurance on another vehicle owned by the buyer can be used for the first 30 calendar days from the date of sale

Application for Texas Title (130-U)

  • Original signature of the donor as the seller and recipient as the buyer is required
  • Legal name on the buyer's photo ID must match the name on the Application for Texas Title (130-U)

Affidavit of Motor Vehicle Gift Transfer

  • Applicants must submit an Affidavit of Motor Vehicle Gift Transfer, Comptroller Form 14-317
  • Affidavit requires both the donor and recipient's signature to be notarized
  • The donor or recipient filing the affidavit must file in person and must provide a valid form of identification


We accept cash, check, money order, or credit card payments.

  • $33 Title Application Fee
  • $10 Gift Tax
  • Applicable Registration Fees

$78.25 registration fee for passenger vehicles and light trucks weighing up to 6,000 pounds. Visit Vehicle Registration for information on fees for other vehicles.

Additional Fees:

  • No additional fees if paying by cash, check, or money order
  • $3 credit card convenience fee (collected by Government Payments for credit card processing services) for transactions $100 or less
  • 3% credit card convenience fee (collected by Government Payments for credit card processing services) for transactions more than $100
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