(1) Transportation Code, Chapters 501 and 502, charge
the department with the responsibility for issuing titles and registering
vehicles operating on the roads, streets, and highways of the state.
(2) To provide a more efficient, cost-effective system
for registering and titling vehicles, submitting title and registration
records to county tax assessor-collectors and the department, maintaining
records, improving inventory control of accountable items, and collecting
and reporting of applicable fees consistent with those statutes, the
department has designed:
(A) an automated system known as the registration and
title system. This system expedites registration and titling processes,
provides a superior level of customer service to the owners and operators
of vehicles, and facilitates availability of the department's motor
vehicle records for official law enforcement needs. Automated equipment
compatible with the registration and title system is indispensable
to the operational integrity of the system; and
(B) a web-based system known as webDEALER. This system
expedites registration and titling processes, provides a superior
level of customer service to the owners and operators of vehicles,
and facilitates availability of the department's motor vehicle records
for official law enforcement needs.
(3) This subchapter prescribes the policies and procedures
under which the department may make the automated equipment available
to a county tax assessor-collector as designated agent of the state
for processing title and vehicle registration documents and the policies
and procedures for users who opt to use webDEALER.
(b) Definitions. The following words and terms, when
used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless
the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) Automated equipment--Equipment associated with
the operation of the registration and titling system, including, but
not limited to, microcomputers, printers, software, and cables.
(2) Department--The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
(3) Executive director--The executive director of the
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
(4) Fair share allocation--The amount of automated
equipment determined by the department to be effective at providing
a reasonable level of service to the public. This amount will be determined
on transaction volumes, number of county substations, and other factors
relating to a particular county's need.
(5) RTS--The department's registration and title system.
(6) Title application--A form as defined by §217.2
of this title (relating to Definitions), and includes the electronic
process provided by the department that captures the information required
by the department to create a motor vehicle title record.
(7) webDEALER--The department's web-based titling and
registration system used to submit title applications to county tax
assessor-collectors and the department. This term includes any other
web-based system which facilitates electronic submission of title
applications, including webSALVAGE and webLIEN.