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Tax Assessor Collector
Ruben P. Gonzalez

Contact Information

Tax Office
301 Manny Martinez Dr., 1st Floor
El Paso, Texas 79905
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Phone 915-771-2300
Fax 915-771-2301
ctaxassessor@epcounty.com

More Information

Administrative Staff
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

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).

  1. Original title or registration receipt (if from a non-title State). Title must be properly assigned to buyer.
  2. Signed Form VTR-130U (Application for Texas Title) must be signed by the seller and buyer, plus any other supporting documents, such as a release of lien or power of attorney (if applicable).
  3. Proof of liability insurance (Must meet Texas minimum requirements (30/60/25).
  4. The Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR), which is proof of the State Vehicle Inspection. To obtain a copy visit www.mytxcar.org (if required). If the vehicle being purchased was last registered or titled outside the State of Texas, it must pass a Texas Safety Inspection and the vehicle identification number must be verified by a TXDPS authorized safety inspection station before applying for Texas title and/or registration.
  5. Valid Photo ID (current for the past 12 months): U.S. State issued Driver's License/I.D. card; U.S. or Foreign Passport; U.S. Military I.D.; for additional acceptable forms of I.D., refer to: (RTB #24-13)
  6. Weight Certificate from a certified weight station if the vehicle is a commercial vehicle in excess of one (1) ton, trailer or semi-trailer.
  7. Fees due at the time of filing.
    1. 6.25 percent Sales Tax will be based on the car's Standard Presumptive Value.
    2. Application Fee - $33.00
    3. Registration Fees:
      1. Standard fee for cars and lighter pick up trucks - $50.75
      2. Motor vehicles 6,001-10,000 lbs. (includes heavier pickup trucks) $54.00
      3. Automation fee (used for improvements to the registration and title system) - $1.00
      4. Department of Public Safety fee to support the TexasSure insurance verification program and other Department of Public Safety initiatives. - $1.00
      5. County Road and Bridge - $20.00
      6. State's portion of the inspection fee (may be due at the time of the registration) - $8.25
      7. All other vehicles please contact the Tax Office or any of its branches/cintracted offices for fee costs.

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:

  1. Title must be in seller's name listed on front of title document.
  2. The seller must complete the first assignment of the back of the title to the buyer. All information must be completed on the assignment: printed name of buyer and address, current odometer reading, date of sale, signature and printed name of seller is required.
  3. Sign line #23 on Form VTR-130U (Application for Texas Title).
  4. Indicate Sales Price on line #22 of the Form VTR-130U (Application for Texas Title).
  5. Provide original title document and Form VTR-130U (Application for Texas Title) to seller.
  6. NOTE: You have the option to keep your license plates and transfer them to another vehicle you own; however, you must notify the County Tax Assessor-Collector in person.
  7. It is advisable to complete a Transfer Notification Form (Form VTR-346) and submit to the TXDMV within 30 days of the date of sale to help protect yourself from liability for criminal or civil acts involving the vehicle(s) and the buyer(s).
  8. It is advisable to accompany the buyer to the County Tax Office or Contracted Office to ensure transfer is completed and thus releasing you of any liability after the fact.