Tax Assessor Collector
Ruben P. Gonzalez
Texas Deparment of Motor Vehicles
Texas Department of Public Safety
El Paso Central Appraisal District
City of El Paso
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Delinquent Tax/Collectors Firm
Buying / Selling a Vehicle
When buying a vehicle avoid any unwanted surprises. It is advisable that you research the vehicle first. Options available are:
- For a small fee and secuiry of mind, check status of title at:
http://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or-selling-a-vehicle/title-check-look-before-you-buy to the vehicle you want to purchase to find out if it is salvaged, rebuilt, or was damaged in a flood. This is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself before making your purchase. Or,
You may visit any of the Tax Office Branches and/or Full Service Contracted Offices and a representative can tell you if the title being signed over to you is correct and if it has any salvage or legal issues.
Make sure the private individual selling the vehicle, their name is on the face of the title and properly assigned to you on back of title on the first assignment. If it is not, then you will need to contact the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain instructions as to how to properly title and register into your name.
To apply for title and registration, the following documents are to be submitted to any of the County Tax Office/Branches or Contracted Offices within 20 working days from the date of sale to avoid penalties. Not titled/transferred within 20 working days, application is subject to delinquent transfer penalties of $25 if filed on the 31st day after the date of sale; and an additional $25 for each subsequent 30 day or portion of a 30 day period, not to exceed $250 (except military, delinquent after 61 days).
Purchases from Texas Licensed Dealers: If buying a vehicle from a licensed motor vehicle dealer, by Texas law, the selling dealer is required to complete and file all documents necessary to transfer title to the motor vehicle and/or register the motor vehicle in the name of the purchaser within 30 days from the date of sale. In addition, the dealer must collect and remit any applicable sales tax to the County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office. Make sure the dealer provides you with a Title Application Receipt showing the vehicle has been title in your name. Should you encounter a problem with the dealer not complying with this requirement, please contact the Enforcement Division at (915) 771-2332 for assistance.
NOTE: No later than the fifth day after the date the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles receives an application for a title from the County Tax Office, will be issued to the first lienholder or to the applicant if a lien is not disclosed on the application. If you have not received your title within 30 business days, please contact the El Paso Department of Motor Vehicles Regional Service Center at (915) 594-6000.
Selling a vehicle: