The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Affidavit for alias exempt registration--A form
prescribed by the director that must be executed by an exempt law
enforcement agency to request the issuance of exempt registration
in the name of an alias.
(2) Agent--A duly authorized representative possessing
legal capacity to act for an individual or legal entity.
(3) Alias--The name of a vehicle registrant reflected
on the registration, different than the name of the legal owner of
(4) Alias exempt registration--Registration issued
under an alias to a specific vehicle to be used in covert criminal
investigations by a law enforcement agency.
(5) Axle load--The total load transmitted to the road
by all wheels whose centers may be included between two parallel transverse
vertical planes 40 inches apart, extending across the full width of
(6) Border commercial zone--A commercial zone established
under Title 49, C.F.R., Part 372 that is contiguous to the border
(7) Bus--A motor vehicle used to transport persons
and designed to accommodate more than 10 passengers, including the
operator; or a motor vehicle, other than a taxicab, designed and used
to transport persons for compensation.
(8) Carrying capacity--The maximum safe load that a
commercial vehicle may carry, as determined by the manufacturer.
(9) Character--A numeric or alpha symbol displayed
on a license plate.
(10) County or city civil defense agency--An agency
authorized by a commissioner's court order or by a city ordinance
to provide protective measures and emergency relief activities in
the event of hostile attack, sabotage, or natural disaster.
(11) Director--The director of the Vehicle Titles and
Registration Division, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
(12) Division--Vehicle Titles and Registration Division.
(13) Executive administrator--The director of a federal
agency, the director of a Texas state agency, the sheriff of a Texas
county, or the chief of police of a Texas city that by law possesses
the authority to conduct covert criminal investigations.
(14) Exempt agency--A governmental body exempted by
statute from paying registration fees when registering motor vehicles.
(15) Exempt license plates--Specially designated license
plates issued to certain vehicles owned or controlled by exempt agencies.
(16) Exhibition vehicle--
(A) An assembled complete passenger car, truck, or
(i) is a collector's item;
(ii) is used exclusively for exhibitions, club activities,
parades, and other functions of public interest;
(iii) does not carry advertising; and
(iv) has a frame, body, and motor that is at least
25-years old; or
(B) A former military vehicle as defined in Transportation
(17) Fire-fighting equipment--Equipment mounted on
fire-fighting vehicles used in the process of fighting fires, including,
but not limited to, ladders and hoses.
(18) Foreign commercial motor vehicle--A commercial
motor vehicle, as defined by 49 C.F.R. §390.5, that is owned
by a person or entity that is domiciled in or a citizen of a country
other than the United States.
(19) Highway construction project--That section of
the highway between the warning signs giving notice of a construction
(20) International symbol of access--The symbol adopted
by Rehabilitation International in 1969 at its Eleventh World Congress
of Rehabilitation of the Disabled.
(21) Legally blind--Having not more than 20/200 visual
acuity in the better eye with correcting lenses, or visual acuity
greater than 20/200 but with a limitation in the field of vision such
that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no
greater than 20 degrees.
(22) Make--The trade name of the vehicle manufacturer.
(23) Nonprofit organization--An unincorporated association
or society or a corporation that is incorporated or holds a certificate
of authority under the Business Organizations Code.
(24) Nominating State Agency--A state agency authorized
to accept and distribute funds from the sale of a specialty plate
as designated by the nonprofit organization (sponsoring entity).
(25) Political subdivision--A county, municipality,
local board, or other body of this state having authority to provide
a public service.
(26) Registration period--A designated period during
which registration is valid. A registration period begins on the first
day of a calendar month and ends on the last day of a calendar month.
(27) Service agreement--A contractual agreement that
allows individuals or businesses to access the department's vehicle
(28) Specialty license plate--A special design license
plate issued by the department under SA.
(29) Specialty license plate fee--Statutorily or department
required fee payable on submission of an application for a specialty
license plate, symbol, tab, or other device, and collected in addition
to statutory motor vehicle registration fees.
(30) Sponsoring entity--An institution, college, university,
sports team, or any other non-profit individual or group that desires
to support a particular specialty license plate by coordinating the
collection and submission of the prescribed applications and associated
license plate fees or deposits for that particular license plate.
(31) Street or suburban bus--A vehicle, other than
a passenger car, used to transport persons for compensation exclusively
within the limits of a municipality or a suburban addition to a municipality.
(32) Tandem axle group--Two or more axles spaced 40
inches or more apart from center to center having at least one common
point of weight suspension.
(33) Unconventional vehicle--A vehicle built entirely
as machinery from the ground up, that is permanently designed to perform
a specific function, and is not designed to transport property.
(34) Vehicle classification--The grouping of vehicles
in categories for the purpose of registration, based on design, carrying
capacity, or use.
(35) Vehicle description--Information regarding a specific
vehicle, including, but not limited to, the vehicle make, model year,
body style, and vehicle identification number.
(36) Vehicle identification number--A number assigned
by the manufacturer of a motor vehicle or the department that describes
the motor vehicle for purposes of identification.
(37) Vehicle inspection sticker--A sticker issued by
the Texas Department of Public Safety signifying that a vehicle has
passed all applicable safety and emissions tests.
(38) Vehicle registration insignia--A license plate,
symbol, tab, or other device issued by the department evidencing that
all applicable fees have been paid for the current registration period
and allowing the vehicle to be operated on the public highways.
(39) Vehicle registration record--Information contained
in the department's files that reflects, but is not limited to, the
make, vehicle identification number, model year, body style, license
number, and the name of the registered owner.
(40) Volunteer fire department--An association that
is organized for the purpose of answering fire alarms, extinguishing
fires, and providing emergency medical services.