Originally Posted by utee94
Revisiting this because I'm considering purchasing an out-of-state trailer with no title, only Bill of Sale.
Has anyone in Texas obtained a Texas title in this type of instance before and, if so, what are the general steps and how difficult/time-consuming is it? I've heard that in Texas it can be pretty tough, but don't know for sure.
Should you choose to accept this mission: you're going to have to apply for a certificate of title with your local tax assessor collector. Since the trailer will be brought in from out of state there will be additional requirements. And because you will only have a bill of sale rather than a certificate of title possibly even further requirements. (BTW trailer is included in the definition of motor vehicle.)
§ 501.030. MOTOR VEHICLES BROUGHT INTO STATE.
(a) Before a motor vehicle that was last registered or titled in
another state or country may be titled in this state, the applicant
must furnish the county assessor-collector with a verification form
under Section 548.256.
(e) Before a motor vehicle that is required to be registered
in this state and that is brought into this state by a person other
than a manufacturer or importer may be bargained, sold,
transferred, or delivered with an intent to pass an interest in the
vehicle or encumbered by a lien, the owner must apply for a
certificate of title on a form prescribed by the department to the
county assessor-collector for the county in which the transaction
is to take place. The assessor-collector may not issue a title
receipt unless the applicant delivers to the assessor-collector
satisfactory evidence of title showing that the applicant is the
owner of the vehicle and that the vehicle is free of any undisclosed
(g) Until an applicant has complied with this section:
(1) a county assessor-collector may not accept an
application for certificate of title; and
(2) the applicant is not entitled to an appeal as
provided by Sections 501.052 and 501.053.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
§ 548.256. VERIFICATION FORM REQUIRED TO REGISTER
(a) Before a vehicle that is brought into this state by a
person other than a manufacturer or importer may be registered, the
owner must have the vehicle inspected and have the inspection
station record the following information on a verification form
prescribed and provided by the department:
(1) the vehicle identification number;
(2) the number appearing on the odometer of the
vehicle at the time of the inspection, if the vehicle has an
(3) other information the department requires.
(b) An inspection station may not issue the verification
form unless the vehicle complies with the inspection requirements
of this chapter.
Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, § 9, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.