|(a) Purpose. Transportation Code, Chapter 502, Subchapter
L and Chapter 504, Subchapter K, provide for the removal of the license
plates and registration insignia when a motor vehicle is sold or transferred.
Motor vehicles eligible for this process are limited to a passenger
car or a light truck, as those terms are defined in Transportation
(b) Disposition of removed license plates. License
plates removed from a motor vehicle by a licensed motor vehicle dealer
or by a motor vehicle owner in a private transaction as provided in
Transportation Code, §502.491, may be:
(1) transferred to another vehicle:
(A) that is titled or will be titled in the same owner
name as the vehicle from which the license plates were removed;
(B) that is of the same vehicle classification (passenger
car or light truck) as the vehicle from which the license plates were
(C) upon acceptance of a request to transfer the license
plate by the county tax assessor-collector in which the application
is filed as provided by Transportation Code, §501.023 or §502.040,
(2) disposed of in a manner that renders the license
plates unusable or that ensures the license plates will not be available
for fraudulent use on a motor vehicle; or
(3) retained by the owner of the motor vehicle from
which the license plates were removed.
(c) Vehicle transit permit.
(1) Obtaining a vehicle transit permit. A person who
obtains a motor vehicle in a private transaction may obtain one vehicle
transit permit (temporary single-trip permit), through the department's
website at www.txdmv.gov if the seller or transferor has removed the
license plates and registration insignia.
(2) Restrictions. The permit, which is valid only for
the period shown on the permit, may be used for operation of the motor
vehicle only as provided in Transportation Code, §502.492, and
must be carried in the vehicle at all times. The permit may only be
used on passenger vehicles 6,000 pounds or less and light trucks with
a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or less.