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Texas registration issues and steps to navigate them

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

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  1. Az_Rael

    Az_Rael Supporting Member

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    I think its 6.25% But its been 6 years since I bought a vehicle in Tarrant Co. so that might not be correct anymore.
     
  2. TexasEV

    TexasEV Well-Known Member

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    It's 6.25% in Texas regardless of what city or county you're in. Auto sales tax is different than general sales taxes.
     
  3. bollar

    bollar Disgruntled Member

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    It's the same everywhere in the state. 6 1/4, like @Az_Rael said.
     
  4. Boourns

    Boourns Active Member

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    When I talked to my bank (University Federal Credit Union in Austin) the loan officer indicated that the bank takes care of all the title work and pays the taxes. He knows it's for a Model S. This seems contrary to what I have read in this tread. There should be no difference in the process because I am buying a CPO, right?
     
  5. purplewalt

    purplewalt Active Member

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    There may be LESS of an ordeal, mostly because your Model S (being a CPO) has been titled before, so it is probably already in another State's system. But you still need the car to be registered and titled in Texas.

    You will need the car to have a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) in TEXAS if it not already in the state database.
    You must provide proof of Liability Insurance when you title and register your vehicle.

    The Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles and the Texas Comptroller (at your local County) may have other (special) requirements.

    Good luck with taking delivery of your car.

    Side note: PLEASE make sure you have a NEMA 14/50 installed before you take delivery, or that will cause other unnecessary concern for having enough charge on-hand for your daily needs.
    Relying solely on a charge from a 110V outlet will not be sufficient if you use your car for any amount of daily driving.
     
  6. Boourns

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    I was planning on having to fill out the title paperwork and go to the tax office myself, as the steps in the first post of this thread indicate, but I was wondering whether it is possible for the bank to do that for you. It seems like it wouldn't.

    I just had my NEMA 14-50 installed today, so I am good there. I used to own a Leaf, so I am somewhat familiar with the requirements of an EV. I can't imagine how painful trickle charging a Model S would be. :confused:
     
  7. Model S M.D.

    Model S M.D. Ludicrous Radiologist

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    Just registered/titled and paid taxes for my second Model S. Was in and out of the Preston street tax office in about 5 minutes (went at 8:15am and there was only 1 other person in line). Here is the address and hours:

    Harris County Tax Office
    Address: 1001 Preston St, Houston, TX 77002
    Phone: (713) 274-8000
    M-F 8a-430p

    I asked my attendant if she had registered a Tesla before and she said yes! The taxes hurt a little more for this car--the look on the attendant's face was priceless when she saw the sticker price :eek:

    This is all you need to bring to the tax office, along with information in parenthesis for things that Tesla might not have filled out for you:
    • DL
    • Insurance
    • Inspection Report
    • Checkbook
    • MCO (sign back)
    • Bill of Sale/MVPA
    • Title Application (fill in lien date, DL number, sign it, check Electronic Title Request, and put Lienholder ID: (Alliant is 36606677200)
    • (Phillips screw driver to install your new plates :D)
     
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  8. taurusking

    taurusking Member

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    Yes my wallet was way lighter (paying my taxes) after I exited the building in less than 5 minutes...:p

    But every time I get on the car and drive...I think to myself "Man it was worth it"
     
  9. Model S M.D.

    Model S M.D. Ludicrous Radiologist

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    So.....worth....it...

    Still grinning! :)
     
  10. jevan43

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    I am going to be moving from California to Texas early next year. My research indicates that because I purchased my car and paid sales tax here in California, when I register it in Texas I will not owe sales tax for the 2nd time..is that correct? Anyone here have experience registering a Tesla in TX after already having bought and registered it in another state? Thanks!!
     
  11. SW2Fiddler

    SW2Fiddler Your concern. It's noted...

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      • Sorry for the mangled formatting. :p
      • Visit a county tax assessor office.
      • Drivers cannot register car online in Texas.
      • Provide identification documents
      • Show proof of car insurance
    • Complete an Application for Texas Title (130-U) form, which handles titling and TX car registration
    • Present a Certificate of Inspection, depending on your county.
    • Pay the registration fees; base car registration fees are as follows:
    • Passenger cars or pickup trucks: $50.75
     
  12. jevan43

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    Awesome, thank you.
     
  13. ZAKEEUS

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    I'm from Louisiana, but I will be taking delivery in Houston next month, if anyone has and advice or tips for that whole process, it would be greatly appreciated.
     

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