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Texas registration issues and steps to navigate them

Discussion in 'Texas' started by dsm363, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    #1 dsm363, Nov 15, 2012
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    Since Texas has some unique laws and people getting their cars early have had some issues, a new thread dealing with just this was thought to be a good idea by one of the other mods.

    Post any issues you had getting your registration done in Texas and what steps you took to correct it.

    This discussion started in Nigel's delivery thread:
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    We got the same paper tag from California but it was also deemed to be not valid in Texas
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  2. Babylonfive

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    Dave, if I order my custom plates at a time to coincide with Model S delivery, would that minimize the inconvenience?
     
  3. stephenpace

    stephenpace VIN S00219

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    @Babylonfive Potentially, but not over and above the standard plates. I took my paperwork to the TX DMW and had plates before I technically received the car (which was coming later that day). I then put a real plate on rather than a temporary. My personalized plate arrived later and I just swapped it when it arrived. Your process may be slightly different with the recent TX change (e.g. you'll have to pay the taxes when you pick up the plate until Tesla sorts through that) but once you do that, I don't see why you couldn't pick up a plate immediately.
     
  4. dsm363

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    Yeah, I think you need to just get everything done the day of delivery if possible to minimize trouble (go to DMV and inspection station).
     
  5. Jrhodesmd

    Jrhodesmd S Sig #371, X Prod #1143

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    For Texas folks - how do you get your plates? Have my S, have the paperwork from Tesla with application for Texas title, receipt from Tesla, and ordered custom plates which should be at tax assessors. Did you get it inspected first? Do you then go to the tax assessors office and pay your sales tax and they give you plates? I didn't get the custom delivery b/c Tesla can't right now in the state of Texas, and the employees in California don't know the answers to this.
     
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    The place where you pick up your plates also probably has a DMV component so can get it all done in same place most likely.
     
  7. dsm363

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    Texas registration issues

    Since Texas has some unique laws and people getting their cars early have had some issues, a new thread dealing with just this was thought to be a good idea by one of the other mods.

    Post any issues you had getting your registration done in Texas and what steps you took to correct it.
     
  8. STxTesla

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    I was told that Tesla can no longer apply for Texas registration for buyers, (I know this isn't news), but I received a power of attorney document from Tesla as part of the final paperwork to sign. I guess that it is just included with all paperwork sent out although they will not really use it. I plan on going straight to the DMV just as soon as I get the returned paperwork and then getting my car inspected the same morning of delivery...(unless it falls on a Sunday).
     
  9. sublimaze1

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    You may need a green sheet from the inspection station first - so do that before you head over to the DMV
     
  10. Jrhodesmd

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    Two things. First, STxTesla, I noticed you're in CC. I'm in Austin, but I'm going to be driving to CC tomorrow night (Wed) for thanksgiving weekend. Would it be an imposition, if you have a 220v set up, if I came over and charged? The trip is 211 miles and my father in law only has a 110v in his garage, which I figured will take at minimum 3 days to charge from empty, and that's if I don't drive it while in town. Would greatly appreciate it, I'll bring wine (or beer)!
    Second, registered today. So I ordered my plates 6 weeks ago, so they were already in. Tesla mails you a packet with your receipt, your application for a Texas title, and a certificate of origin from California. You take this, your checkbook (taxes were $6900 :scared:), drivers license, and proof of insurance to the Tax Assessors office. They register you and give you your plates. Next, you go get it inspected. This was hilarious. The guys had never seen a tesla before. They asked for help because "they needed to pop the hood to inspect the engine." That was a fun explanation. They then asked to see the battery to inspect it. Another explanation. They also wanted to see "the gas port." Basically I spent 20 min showing off the car to all of the mechanics. Then another 20 minutes to another couple guys in the parking lot who wanted to see it. It's been fun!
     
  11. STxTesla

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    Sent you a PM. Will be glad to charge your car...I have a 240V 14-50 NEMA setup in the garage, so I guess that will be around 25-30 miles per hour of charge. Friday may be difficult as I am on call so I don't know when I will be home. BTW...I live out on Padre Island.
    I hope to hear from you...and congrats your your new Tesla!
     
  12. jerry33

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    So the question here is: How do you get the green sheet when you can't drive the car to the inspection station because of no license?
     
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    #15 SteveH, Nov 22, 2012
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    I have no idea. Found it with guidance from sublimaze1 after reading about the problems in Texas.
     
  16. dsm363

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    I sent ownership an e-mail. I tried to write out a 1..2..3 type checklist of steps after your car arrives (for Texas only) since it is so odd here and sent it to Tesla. I asked for follow up since a few things have changed (tax no longer collected by Tesla for one).
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Once you get all the steps, perhaps they can go in it's own thread and make that thread a sticky. It also needs to be in the bulletin board in the TM forum.
     
  18. TXjak

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    Note: "If we cannot match the VIN a Transit Permit cannot be printed."

    I don't think it will work for a vehicle that hasn't been registered before.

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    According to this post, you can get your plates before you get it inspected.
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    It looks like the post I was referring to has been moved/removed (the one from STxTesla) that said you take the green sheet to the DMV to get your plates).
     
  20. stephenpace

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    Just to confirm, Texas allows you to get plates without having the car inspected. Two separate processes. I don't know what would happen if you got stopped on the way to getting it inspected, but as long as you were respectful to the cop, I'm thinking you would just get a warning, especially if you showed them you just got the car that day and told them that you were getting it inspected later that day. Even if you got a ticket, you could just get the car inspected, get your paperwork together, and tell your story to the judge. Texas also has a 5 day grace period which may help you:

    Is there a grace period to replace an expired inspection sticker? - DMV Answers

    Or pay the fine--how much could it be be?
     

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