Sec. 215.155 - Buyer's Temporary Tags

§ 215.155. Buyer's Temporary Tags

(a) A buyer's temporary tag may be displayed only on a vehicle that can be legally operated on the public streets and highways and for which a sale has been consummated.

(b) A buyer's temporary tag may be displayed only on a vehicle that has a valid inspection in accordance with Transportation Code Chapter 548, unless the vehicle is exempt from inspection under Chapter 548.

(c) For a wholesale transaction, the purchasing dealer places on the motor vehicle its own:

(1) dealer's temporary tag; or

(2) metal dealer's license plate.

(d) A buyer's temporary tag is valid until the earlier of:

(1) the date on which the vehicle is registered; or

(2) the 60th day after the date of purchase.

(e) The dealer, or federal, state, or local governmental agency, must ensure that the following information is placed on a buyer's temporary tag that the dealer issues:

(1) the vehicle-specific number obtained from the temporary tag database;

(2) the year and make of the vehicle;

(3) the VIN of the vehicle;

(4) the month, day, and year of the expiration of the buyer's temporary tag; and

(5) the name of the dealer or federal, state, or local governmental agency.

(f) A dealer shall charge a buyer a fee of $5 for the buyer's temporary tag or Internet-down buyer's temporary tag issued, unless the vehicle is exempt from payment of registration fees under Transportation Code, § 502.453 or § 502.456. A federal, state, or local governmental agency may charge a buyer a fee of $5 for the buyer's temporary tag or Internet-down buyer's temporary tag issued, unless the vehicle is exempt from payment of registration fees under Transportation Code, § 502.453 or § 502.456, or is a vehicle described in § 215.15(d)(3) or (4) of this chapter (relating to Dealer's Temporary Tags). The fee shall be remitted by a dealer to the county in conjunction with the title transfer, and, if collected, by a federal, state, or local government agency, to the county, for deposit to the credit of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles fund, unless the vehicle is sold by a dealer to an out-of-state resident, in which case:

(1) the dealer shall remit the entire fee to the department for deposit to the credit of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles fund if payment is made through the department's electronic title system; or

(2) the dealer shall remit the fee to the county for deposit to the credit of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles fund.

(The provisions of this § 215.155 adopted to be effective February 11, 2010, 35 TexReg 883; Amended by Texas Register, Volume 42, Number 06, February 10, 2017, TexReg 578, eff. February 13, 2017; Amended by Texas Register, Volume 42, Number 25, June 23, 2017, TexReg 3274, eff. June 28, 2017; Amended by Texas Register, Volume 43, Number 43, October 26, 2018, TexReg 7220, eff. November 4, 2018; Amended by Texas Register, Volume 45, Number 42, October 16, 2020, TexReg 7441, eff. October 21, 2020)

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