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Tax Assessor Collector
Ruben P. Gonzalez

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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

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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

Stop Vehicle Registration Abuse

Call the VRAP hotline
546-2181

Click here to report violators

Problem

The fact that El Paso County is a border to Mexico, and neighbor to the State of New Mexico, it has created registration abuse problems. There are many citizens of El Paso, who take advantage of this situation, by not properly registering their vehicles in Texas. The vehicle registration violators are not only avoiding to pay sales and registration fees, (which help the maintenance and construction of roads and highways) but are also worsening the auto theft recovering system. Vehicles without proper registration, are more difficult to be track down. This increases the possibility of having more stolen vehicles from other states, and makes El Paso County an easy target to buy and sell stolen vehicles.

Solution - Vehicle Registration Abuse Program

To bring vehicle registration violators, who live in El Paso County and have vehicles with license plates from out of state or country, to register their vehicles in Texas, either voluntarily or through enforcement action.

The VRAP program serves to:

  1. Bring vehicle registration violators into compliance with Texas Transportation Code sec 502, 402-operation of unregistered motor vehicles.
  2. Reduce public frustration
  3. Recover stolen vehicles
  4. Recover legitimate county and state revenue
  5. Educate the public
  6. Warn potential violators

Through a join effort between the community, El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector Enforcement Division, County Constables, Police Department and Sheriff's Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

A According to Texas Transportation Code Section 502.402 if you live in Texas you must register your vehicle in Texas within 30 days.
If you live in Texas you must register your vehicle(s) in Texas. Owning property in another state does not exempt you from having to register your vehicle(s) in Texas.
You will need to call any of the County Tax Offices to get a quote.
If you are coming to live in Texas for the first time then you are a first time resident.
When a vehicle is purchased in another state, the dealer should register the vehicle at the state that one resides at. If you weren't aware of this at the time you purchased your vehicle, and you paid taxes in another state then you will be credited for the amount you paid, and will only have to pay the difference. (Texas Automotive Sales Tax is 6.25% of purchased value.)
You have thirty days from the day you arrived to register your vehicle(s). Don't wait until your current registration from your previous state runs out, this could make a difference on qualifying you as a new resident or a Texas resident.
You have thirty days from the day you arrived to register your vehicle(s). Don't wait until your current registration from your previous state runs out, this could make a difference on qualifying you as a new resident or a Texas resident.

Contact Information

Sergio H. Garcia
Director
segarcia@epcounty.com

Cynthia Ginithan
Administrative Services Manager
cginithan@epcounty.com

Rose Morales
Senior Auto Title Examiner
romorales@epcounty.com