What does "Registration Purposes Only" mean?
"Registration Purposes Only", often referred to as "RPO", means that the vehicle is registered but not titled in Texas. This type of ownership document may be requested when a vehicle that was registered or titled in another state is subject to registration in Texas and the owner or operator cannot/does not wish to surrender the negotiable out-of-state evidence of ownership to obtain a Texas negotiable title. Registration may be purchased although there is no Texas title issued.
If your vehicle has never been registered and/or titled in Texas before, you will need to bring in the following documents for an RPO:
1. Original or copy of your out of state title or last registration. Please note: If you do not have the title or last registration, or the lienholder
(bank, credit union, finance co., etc.) has possession of your title, you should request a copy of the front and back of your title.
2. Vehicle safety inspection that has been completed sometime in the past 90 days. These services are available at a state-approved Safety
Inspection Station. The inspection facility will provide you with a Vehicle Identification Certification (Form VI30A), which you must provide to us
with your application for Texas registration.
3. If your vehicle has never been titled (or registered in a foreign country), the VI30A is not required. However, you will be unable to apply for
an RPO. You must make application for Texas title.
5. Proof of liability insurance. Your auto or motorcycle insurance must meet Texas liability minimums, which are 30-60-25. If not, you
should either increase your coverage or purchase insurance in Texas. There are a few companies that match minimums for whatever state you
are in: State Farm, Allstate, AIG, Farmers, GEICO, Berkshire Hathaway, Hartford, Liberty Mutual, Nationwide, Progressive and USAA. Please
confirm coverage with your carrier even if it is on this list.
8. HS-7 or other approved document from Customs, if the vehicle was last registered outside of the United States or its territories. There are
limitations on registering a vehicle from a foreign
country without titling it. We can assist you in making this
9. Form 68-A, completed by Auto Theft Task Force, if the vehicle was last registered outside of the United States or its territories.
Please note the exemption of this form for active duty
If you have titled your vehicle in Texas before, but moved out of state and never transferred the title in another state or foreign country, you will need an acceptable form of ID, proof of insurance, and the registration fees. The fee for a replacement license plate is $7.
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