Texas License Plate Information Summary
Buying Texas license plates is fairly simple. Simply register your vehicle with the DMV, and you'll be able to buy your plates. Then going forward, you can transfer them to each new car you purchase. You will also get a sticker indicating when you need to renew your Texas license plates.
Texas License Plates Offered
Texas offers standard, vanity, disability, and plates that support various causes. Your local DMV can provide you with more information about the types of Texas-branded license plates available.
You have to have front and back Texas license plates on all vehicles – except motorcycles.
Your sticker goes on your rear plate, and tells you when the vehicle's license plates expire.
You can get temporary plates from your dealership. They will then handle getting you permanent Texas license plates. Should you buy your vehicle from a private seller, you can print out a temporary permit from online that's good for five days. This should give you time to go get your regular license plates.
When You Need To Get Texas License Plates
You need to get your Texas license plates within 30 days of moving to the state. If you buy a vehicle in Texas you have 30 days to register it – but you should get the temporary permit if you purchase it in a private sale.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
Before your Texas license plates expire, you must go and get a safety inspection and an emissions check.
Once you do that – and pass both – you can get a new registration in person, or through the mail. You'll get a new expiration sticker, too.
If Your Texas License Plates Are Stolen
Should your Texas license plates be stolen or damaged, you do not have to file a police report.
Instead, you need to go to your local assessor-collector's office with Form VTR-60, any remaining plates, and $6 for the plates plus 50 cents for an automation fee.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You can always transfer plates from one car you own to another you've bought. When you do so, however, you need to get a new sticker and replace the old one.
If you don't transfer your plates, you must surrender them to your local assessor-collector's office.
Texas License Plate Costs
- Texas license plates for vehicles under 6,000 pounds are $50.75.
- Up to 10,000 pounds the cost is $54.
- Vehicles larger than 10,000 pounds have varying fees. Check with your assessor-collector's office.
- Texas license plates for trailers are $45.