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Texas requires that you title your ATV, snowmobile, or off-highway motorcycle. Depending on which county you live in, the titling process and location varies. Contact your local county tax office to learn about the process in your area.
You'll need a manufacturer's certificate of origin or a current title from another state to obtain a new title. If you don't have either of those documents, you can fill out a Statement of Fact of Ownership for an ATV or off-highway motorcycle. Visit your county tax office to apply.
You don't need to register these vehicles with the state, unless you plan to ride on public property. Registration costs between $30 and $40.
Texas also requires ATV riders to take a safety class. To enroll, call (800) 887-2887. Texas provides a handout with more ATV information.
Texas laws regarding trailers are as varied as the state population, and depend on the type of trailer, its weight, and its intended use. To determine the exact laws for your particular trailer and situation, it would be wise to contact the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to advise you.
Generally, all camp trailers are titled and registered. Also, any trailer that will be used or pulled on public roads will need to be titled and registered.
However, trailers weighing less than 4,001 pounds are considered "non-titled" trailers, so you may need to register it, but not title it.
Farm trailers also receive special consideration, so check with the county to determine whether your trailer qualifies as a farm trailer.
All registration and titling duties can be completed at your county tax office.
Trailer Registration Fee
- All trailers and travel trailers weighing less than 6,000 pounds―$45
- All camp trailers weighing between 6,001 and 10,000 pounds―$54
In addition, you'll also be charged a county fee, which, depending on your county, will range from $5 to $11.50.
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