How to register a vehicle in


as a non-US resident


at a glance

Major cities
Dallas / Ft. Worth
Major ports of arrival
Dallas / Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)
George Bush International Airport (IAH)
Registration challenges
In-state address required
Average sales tax rate

State Overview and Advice

In order to register a vehicle in Texas, you need a Texas address.

If you do not have a Texas address, we recommend using' services to register a vehicle that you buy in Texas.

The Registration Process

Texas' counties and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) handle the state's vehicle registrations.

If you buy your vehicle from a Texas dealer, the dealer will issue you a 30-day temporary registration.

Whether you're buying a vehicle from a private party or a dealer, and are planning to register it in Texas, bring the required items (below) to the county tax office of the address where you'll register your vehicle.

Five-day vehicle transit permits for vehicles previously registered in Texas are available on the TxDMV website.

For vehicles being registered in Texas, Texas sales taxes are payable to the dealer upon sale, or the county upon registration (if purchased from a private party).

Taxes and Fees

Sales Tax

State sales tax


Average local sales tax


Average combined sales tax


Registration fees

Light Vehicle

Fees: $74


Trailer Fees: $67.25

RV Fees: $76.25


Fees: $52.25

$15,000 car


$50,000 RV


$5,000 motorcycle


Total taxes and fees

Registration Requirements

Prior owner's title

The vehicle's title must be signed by the owner(s) printed on the title, its odometer reading recorded (if less than 10 years in age), and be free of all liens in order for the prior owner's interest to be released.


A current, government-issued photo ID is required to register a vehicle in Texas.

Bill of sale

A bill of sale is  not required to register a vehicle in Texas, although signing one with the vehicle's seller is recommended.


130-U - Application for Texas Title and/or Registration


Emissions (smog)

Annual emissions inspections are required for cars ages 2-24, registered in the following metro areas: Austin, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, El Paso. Inspections must be current to register vehicle.


Annual safety inspections are required in Texas for vehicles 2 years old and older.


VIN inspections are not required in Texas.


Texas's minimum liability insurance limits are 30/60/25.


Texas does not require proof of residency to register a vehicle.

Local Address

Vehicles registered in Texas must be registered to a Texas address.

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Vehicle Purchase

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Vehicle Registration

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