page will walk you through the requirements, fees and documents needed to complete a basic private party title transfer.
It will also offer thorough instructions and sample forms. You can file
a title transfer at any of our five tax office locations. If you are a motor vehicle dealer, please review the TxDMV Dealer's Guide for further assistance.
Avoid errors, delays and potential late fees!
Private party title transfers should be completed by buyer and seller together at a Tax Office. Final processing and exact fees
depend on visual inspection of documents by a title specialist on the day of the transaction.
The information provided below assumes that the title being transferred is free of liens, has not been previously assigned and is being sold by the legal owner of record or their qualified power of attorney.
If your transaction does not meet these basic criteria or you have additional questions, call (512) 854-9473 with the title in-hand for further assistance.
The seller assigns the title to the buyer on the back by completing the Assignment of Title section. The buyer signs and dates this section as well. From the date of the seller's signature, the buyer
has 30 calendar days to complete the title transfer before late fees are assessed.
Seller and buyer must also complete the sales tax affidavit
form VTR 130-U Application for Texas Title. (Click here for a detailed instructions form). The 130-U form and title do not need to be notarized. Signatures and dates on the 130-U form must match signatures and dates on the back of the title. This form can be completed ahead of time or at the time of the transaction in the office.
Proof of liability insurance is required. The insurance used during the transaction may be in the
name of the seller or buyer. However, to use the seller's insurance, he or she must be present at the time of the title transfer. Buyer's insurance can be for the vehicle being transferred or any other vehicle the buyer has insured, but only for the 1st 30 calendar days from the date of sale. After that, the insurance provided must be from the buyer and must be for the vehicle being transferred.
By state law, sales tax is calculated at 6.25% of either the sales price documented on the 130-U form or 80% of the vehicle's Standard Presumptive Value (SPV), whichever is higher. SPV is the calculated price of a vehicle's worth based on
similar sales in Texas. Review more information about when and how SPV is applied to a transaction on our SPV
Fact Sheet. You can look up 100% of your vehicle's Standard
Presumptive Value here.
As of September 1st, 2012 Travis County residents titling a vehicle in the state and first time registrants will have to show identification. The identification provided must be a government issued ID with a photo, a unique identification number, a birth date and an expiration date. Starting on September 1, 2013 and thereafter, a Matricula Consular will no longer be accepted as a form of ID for this transaction.
If you are titling a vehicle that was last registered in another state OR in a non-emissions county in Texas, you will need to provide proof that your vehicle has passed emissions inspection by taking it to an inspection station here in Travis County. Acceptable documentation to meet this requirement includes...
... an original Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) that is less than 90 days old.
... a copy of a VIR issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) certifying that the vehicle is Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) compliant.
If a gasoline-powered vehicle was last registered in a non-emissions Texas County but is less than 2 years old with under 50,000 miles, it does not require an emissions test. Please contact DPS for further clarification about these requirements. They can be reached by phone at
Vehicles being titled by our office that were last registered in any other county besides those listed below must provide proof of emissions inspection as part of their title transfer documentation: Brazoria, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, El Paso, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson
The following vehicles are exempt from all emissions requirements regardless of county of last registration:
- all motorcycles (or other two-wheeled vehicles)
- diesel-powered vehicles
- vehicles 25 years old or older
- vehicles 2 years old or newer
- vehicles with an odometer reading of less than 50,000 miles
- recording or removing a lien holder from a title where ownership does not change
- "title-only" title transfers (once the vehicle is working again it will require a new Vehicle Inspection Report)
Completing Your Title Transfer
Title transfers should be completed by buyer and seller together in-person at any of the five Travis County Tax Office locations.
If you must mail the title work and fees, make your check or money order payable to the Travis County Tax Office. Any title packages missing required documents, signatures, fees, etc. will be sent back unprocessed with a notice explaining what is missing.
Mail title packages via overnight or certified mail only to the following address:
Travis County Tax Office
5501 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751
Attention:: Motor Vehicles
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In most cases, to transfer a Texas Certificate of Title, you will need...
Properly assigned original or certified copy provided by the TxDMV or titling authority from another state.
- Liability Insurance
Must meet Texas insurance standards at the time of title transfer . Research
- Application for Texas Title (VTR 130-U)
Serves as the legal bill of sale. Hand-written bills of sale are no longer accepted. Original signature of buyer(s) and seller(s) are required and must match the signatures on the Assignment of Title. The legal name on the buyer's photo ID must match the name on the VTR 130-U.
- Valid Photo ID
Travis County residents titling a vehicle in the state and first-time registrants must show identification. The following types of identifcation will be accepted:
- driver's license or state identification certification issued by a state or territory of the U.S.
- U.S. or foreign passport.
- U.S. military identification.
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification or identification issued under a U.S. Status of Forces Agreement
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security identification.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation.
- U.S. Department of State ID.
Additional identification requirements apply in some circumstances, including:
- Motor vehicles titled in more than one name - identification of one owner
- Motor vehicles in the name of a leasing company - identification of the lessee OR the lessor's employee with a business card or authorization written on the lessor's letterhead matching the identification of the employee
- Motor vehicles in the name of a trust - identification of a trustee
- Motor vehicles in the name of a business, government entity or organization - identification of the applicant with a business card or authorization written on letterhead matching the identification of the applicant.
- Transfer using Power of Attorney - identification matching the person or employee of the entity named as power of attorney, and a business card or authorization written on the letterhead of an entity named as power of attorney that matches the identification of the employee, and identification of the owner or lienholder.
- Vehicle Transfer Notification Form VTR-346
This form is optional. Sellers who cannot accompany their buyer to the office to ensure the title transfer is completed should file the VTR-346 directly with the TxDMV. This form does not change ownership. It notates the state's records to reflect that the current legal owner is no longer in physical possession of the vehicle.
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- Tax: 6.25% sales tax
on either the
purchase price provided on the VTR 130-U form or 80% of the vehicle's Standard Presumptive Value, whichever is higher.
- Title: $33 title transfer fee
- Registration: annual vehicle registration
Collected when the vehicle's registration renewal month falls within 30 days of the title transfer or when the seller has removed the license plates from the vehicle.
(See our vehicle
registration page for registration fee schedule.)
Collected when the vehicle's registration is current at the time of the title transfer and the seller is leaving the license plates on the vehicle.
- Late Penalties (if applicable):
Any title transfer completed more than 30 calendar days from the date of sale is subject to late transfer and registration penalties. These fees increase monthly. Final calculations will be determined by the title specialist on the day of the actual transaction using all available information present in the documentation provided. For an estimate of your fees, call (512) 854-9473. You must provide ALL of the following information to get an estimate of fees:
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- vehicle milage on that date
- date you intend to complete the title transfer in our office
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In the state of Texas, only motor vehicles given between immediate family members or qualified non-profit IRCs qualify for the $10 Motor Vehicle Gift Tax instead of the standard 6.25% sales tax. For the purposes of this transaction, "immediate family member" is defined as a vehicle given to a person by their...
... spouse (if the vehicle was previously held as separate property),
Participants must submit (along with the other required documentation described above) an Affidavit of Motor Vehicle Gift
Transfer, Comptroller Form 14-317. This document requires a notary seal for both donor (giver) and recipient (receiver). On the 2nd page of this affidavit is a detailed list of instructions about who must file, identification required (see below for these details), eligibility requirements, when and where to file and other information about additional documents that may be needed in certain instances. Please review the application and its instructions carefully. Call (512) 854-9473 with additional questions.
Identification requirements for the Motor Vehicle Gift Transfer Affidavit: "The person filing the affidavit must present one of the forms of identification documents listed below to the Tax Assessor-Collector at the time of filing. The identification provided must be issued to and bear a photograph of the person filing the affidavit and must not be expired."
- a driver's license or personal identification card issued by this state or another state of the United States
- an original passport issued by the United States or a foreign country
- an identification card or similar form of identification by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
- a United States Military identification card
- an identification card or document issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency
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