Texas Transportation Code - Section 502.180. Issuance Of License Plate Or Registration Insignia
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Section: 502.174 502.1745 502.175 502.176 502.177 502.178 502.179 502.180 502.181 502.182 502.183 502.184 502.185 502.186 502.187
§ 502.180. ISSUANCE OF LICENSE PLATE OR REGISTRATION
INSIGNIA. (a) On payment of the prescribed fee, the department
shall issue to an applicant for motor vehicle registration a
license plate or set of plates or a device that, when attached to
the vehicle as prescribed by the department, is the registration
insignia for the period for which it was issued.
(b) The department shall issue only one license plate or set
of plates for a vehicle during a five-year period.
(c) On application and payment of the prescribed fee for a
renewal of the registration of a vehicle for the first, second,
third, or fourth registration year after the issuance of a license
plate or set of plates for the vehicle, the department shall issue a
registration insignia for the validation of the license plate or
plates to be attached as provided by Subsection (d).
(d) Except as provided by Subsection (h), the registration
insignia for validation of a license plate shall be attached to the
inside of the vehicle's windshield, if the vehicle has a
windshield, within six inches of the place where the motor vehicle
inspection sticker is required to be placed. If the vehicle does
not have a windshield, the owner, when applying for registration or
renewal of registration, shall notify the department, and the
department shall issue a distinctive device for attachment to the
rear license plate of the vehicle.
(e) The department shall adopt rules for the issuance and
use of license plates and registration insignia issued under this
chapter. The rules may provide for the use of an automated
registration process, including:
(1) the automated on-site production of registration
(2) automated on-premises and off-premises
(f) Subsections (b)-(d) do not apply to:
(1) the issuance of specialized license plates as
designated by the department, including state official license
plates, exempt plates for governmental entities, and temporary
registration plates; or
(2) the issuance or validation of replacement license
plates, except as provided by Section 502.184.
(g) The department shall provide a separate and distinctive
tab to be affixed to the license plate of an automobile, pickup, or
recreational vehicle that is offered for rent, as a business, to any
part of the public.
(h) The registration insignia for validation of a license
plate shall be attached to the rear license plate of the vehicle, if
the vehicle is:
(1) a motorcycle;
(2) machinery used exclusively to drill water wells or
construction machinery for which a distinguishing license plate has
been issued under Section 502.276; or
(3) oil well servicing, oil clean out, or oil well
drilling machinery or equipment for which a distinguishing license
plate has been issued under Subchapter G, Chapter 623.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended
by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, § 30.49(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1997;
Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1455, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
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