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Texas Transportation Code - Section 502.180. Issuance Of License Plate Or Registration Insignia

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§ 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 insignia; and (2) automated on-premises and off-premises self-service registration. (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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