[Vtr-tac] Senate Bill 1617 * Various Issues Relating to Titling and Registration

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Please review and distribute as appropriate.  

This is notification of the provisions of Senate Bill 1617, as enacted by the 81st Legislature, Regular Session.  Senate Bill 1617 includes various issues relating to titling and registration of certain motor vehicles.

Manufacturer Buyback (Lemon Law)
Section 501.021, Transportation Code, was amended to require the certificate of title for a motor vehicle to contain a notice sufficient to inform a purchaser that the vehicle was repurchased or replaced under Chapter 2301, Occupations Code.  This amendment applies only to a title issued on or after September 1, 2009.  

Programming to allow the Manufacturer Buyback remark to be added to the title document and motor vehicle record is currently scheduled to be finalized this fall.  The current process of using a legal restraint will continue until the programming is in place.

Vehicle Transfer Notification
Section 520.023, Transportation Code, was amended to include additional affirmation that a seller who files the transfer notification with the department has no liability after the transfer form is filed and that a copy of the form filed with the department is proof of their notification.  This amendment applies only to a transfer of a vehicle on or after September 1, 2009.

Scoff Law
Section 702.003, Transportation Code, was amended pertaining to refusal to register a motor vehicle if the owner of the vehicle has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear or to pay a fine pertaining to a violation of a traffic law.  This amendment prohibits registration denial on a vehicle if the vehicle was purchased and sold by a licensed motor vehicle dealer.  This amendment applies only to a registration period beginning on or after September 1, 2009.

Red Light Camera
Section 707.017, Transportation Code, was amended pertaining to refusal to register a motor vehicle if the owner of a motor vehicle is delinquent in the payment of a civil penalty resulting from photographic traffic signal enforcement.  This amendment prohibits registration denial on a vehicle if the vehicle was purchased and sold by a licensed motor vehicle dealer.  This amendment applies only to a registration period beginning on or after September 1, 2009.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact your local Vehicle Titles and Registration Division Regional Office.

Thanks,

--Rebecca

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