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Vehicle registration requires new identification for title
COLDSPRING -- San Jacinto County residents purchasing a vehicle in Texas must now show a proper form of identification to obtain a title and registration. "We want to process your registration and title application as quickly and efficiently as possible," said San Jacinto County Tax Assessor-Collector Kelly Selmer. "So it's very important to know the new rules before heading to our office or your auto dealer." If you are buying from a dealer, provide the dealer with your identification. If you are buying a car from an individual, bring your identification and all other required application forms and fees with you to the Tax Office to apply for the title. The identification rule passed by the board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles took effect in September 2013. It was required as part of two state laws approved in 2011 (HB 2017 & HB 2357) that mandated identification for titling a vehicle and firsttime registrants. This change does not apply to registration renewals. The following forms of identification are acceptable: • A driver's license or state identification certificate issued by a state or territory of the U.S. • United States or foreign passport • U.S. military identification card • U.S. Department of Homeland Security identification document • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services identification document • U. S. Department of State identification document • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification • Identification issued under a Status of Forces Agreement Vehicles will be titled in your legal name as it appears on your identification. If your name has changed, you will need to have your ID corrected before the purchase. If you are filling out the title application, be sure to use your legal name. For more information about this new rule and the process for buying and selling a vehicle visit the TxDMV's motorist portal at www.TxDMV.gov.