How do I title a vehicle that has a salvage title or a salvage notation on the record?
To obtain a salvage title, the VTR-441 Application for Salvage Vehicle Title or Non-repairable Vehicle Title should be completed and mailed to the address for TxDMV shown on the application. TxDMV will issue a salvage title and mail it to the owner or lienholder, as applicable.
If you have bought a vehicle from a regular Texas dealer and you are a Texas resident, the dealership will transfer the title at the tax office. However, individuals must come in or mail the documents to the county tax office of the buyer, seller, or lienholder. The buyer, seller, or lienholder may transfer title with the appropriate documents. The seller (other than a dealer) or lienholder must also provide a Permission Letter from the buyer and an acceptable form of ID for the buyer.
The vehicle must be repaired once it has been issued a salvage title before a regular Texas title can be issued. It is recommended that you keep the receipts for all repairs, parts, and services. Once repairs are complete, obtain a new vehicle safety inspection from a Texas Inspection Station. The following items must be brought in or mailed to the county tax office where you reside:
1. Original Salvage Vehicle Title signed by the seller(s) and buyer(s). If the vehicle is less than 10 years old, the odometer reading must be completed.
Erasures, mark-throughs and alterations are not acceptable in most cases. An affidavit of fact signed by the seller is necessary to correct
errors on a title assignment.
2. VTR-130U (Application for Texas Title). If the vehicle is less than 10 years old, the odometer reading section (line 18) must be completed
without errors. The sales price section (line 21) must be
completed without errors.
4. Lien Release, if applicable
5. Safety Inspection Form
7. Proof of Insurance
The vehicle title will be appropriately branded and the vehicle may be operated on public roadways.
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