Simplified vehicle registration goes in effect Sept. 1

Jul. 27, 2011Regional News Bureau

A system that reduces state’s current 1,745 vehicle registration categories to just nine takes effect Sept. 1.

The simplified structure makes it easier for Texans to know what they owe and reduces administrative costs for the state, counties and private businesses.

“Under this new fee structure, registration fees are among the lowest, when compared to the country’s 12 largest states,” said Executive Director Ed Serna, of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. “At the same time, this new, simplified fee structure will ensure the state does not lose any of its current registration revenue.”

Registration fees contribute more than $1 billion each year to the state highway fund, which is used to build and maintain roads and bridges. There are more than 21 million registered vehicles in Texas.

Car and truck owners whose vehicles weigh 6,000 pounds or less will pay a base vehicle registration fee of $50.75. This is a reduction of about $8 from the previous fee for new vehicle owners, and a increase of about $10 for older vehicles.

Some Texans also will pay a new $1 automation fee. This fee was assessed in Texas’ largest 60 counties, but now applies statewide. The automation fee is used for improvements to the registration and titling computer system.