Do you have any valid title? Registration doesnít matter in Texas as far as I can tell.
We bought a used trailer from a dealer in Virginia. We just happened upon while visiting Richmond. My first try to transfer the title in Texas I had some deficiencies: 1) weigh the trailer, 2) Texas inspection (validating the VIN as all they did on my trailer), 3) previous title.
I had the temporary registration from Virginia, a paper trail of transfers of ownership, and the last official title which was a Florida title (but didnít know that).
Second trip to the DMV I brought everything. There was some confusion for a while but that was because I didnít understand that all the paperwork (including the bill of sale) showing the transfer of ownership was not a transfer of title. Theyíre not synonymous. When I produced the Florida title they said ďyes, thatís what we need, and why are you such an dolt?Ē
I canít remember exactly what the original title showed but I donít believe that it showed a transfer to me. I could be wrong, though.
1. In what county are you attempting the title transfer? Iím in Travis county, the mothership of the DMV bureaucracy.
2. Registration and title are two completely different things. Do you have an Oregon title or a Tennessee title in your possession?
Finally, you may need professional help getting this done. There are companies that will walk your title transfer through the process. IMO, the fee might be worth it in your situation.
Texasís process is intended to prevent stolen vehicles from gaining a valid title. It is frustrating though.
If you do go it alone book appointments about a week apart for the next few weeks. You can cancel them if needed. I ended up cancelling the last two appointments I had scheduled. And book the appointments for early in the day before the inevitable crunch at the end of the day begins.
The internal manual that the DMV uses is available online. The last version Iíve seen was from January 2021. It will spell out everything that the bureaucrats are looking for.