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  • Moving Out of State in Texas

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    Moving is never easy. Between tying up loose ends, packing up, and finding a new neighborhood that suits your needs, you might not feel like you have enough time. But before you finalize your to-do list, don't forget to jot down the following driver-related details.

    Registration and License Plates

    Texas does not refund vehicle registrations when you move to a new state.

    You are not required to surrender your plates back to the DMV. Recycle them in your new state as you see fit.

    Things to do When You Move to a New State

    • Read our New to Texas section.
      • Apply for a new driver's license. After establishing residency (usually ranging between 30 and 60 days)
        most states require that this be done within a set amount of time, .
      • Apply for a new registration. This too must be completed within a set amount of days after establishing residency.
      • Apply for new license plates. This generally coincides with the registration process.
      • Apply for a new vehicle title. Unlike the aforementioned, applying for a new title generally, depending on your state, is not mandatory. If you plan on selling your vehicle, only then will you need an updated title to correspond with your new state.
      • If you're a prospective new driver you will need to check if your permit is honored in your new state.
      • If you completed a driver education course in your old state you will also need to investigate whether your new state will honor the completion certificate.
      • Notify your insurance company of your move and provide a new address.
      • Notify your leasing company if your vehicle is leased.
      • Learn if your new state requires vehicle inspections.