Vehicle Registration & Renewal

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    MEDIA PRESS RELEASE                                                 

    January 24, 2024                                                                                    

    ALERT! 

    TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR ISSUES WARNING TO CONSUMERS:

    BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT AUTO TITLES!

     

    San Antonio, Texas – The Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office is reporting a recent increase of buyers being tricked into purchasing vehicles with fraudulent titles or which have been stolen. In the last week, we have had three buyers swindled out of $10,000, $35,000, and $15,000 cash, respectively.

    The ever-rising cost of motor vehicles and the reported shortage of inventory have driven some buyers to use non-traditional methods of shopping for cars.  Many people believe they can save money by buying a vehicle from an advertisement on social media rather than from an auto dealership.  Recently, there have been several individuals come into the County Tax Office to transfer the title into their name on a vehicle they bought on the internet, only to find out that the vehicle is stolen or the title they have been given is fraudulent and the seller has used a fake identification as well.

    “I cannot tell you how much it breaks my heart to see a family’s hard-earned money be stolen from them by such unscrupulous persons.  We want the public to know that the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office is a safe zone for them when purchasing a vehicle.  Any person-to-person transaction, especially with cash, should be done in our office with both the buyer and seller present.  If the seller will not come with you to our office, do NOT buy the car until you have verified the title and vehicle information,” said Albert Uresti, Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector.

    The Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office offers guidelines on how to ensure private auto purchases are safe and legitimate. Primarily, the buyer can ask the seller to meet them at the local Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office, or one of the 19 Full-Service Title Companies in Bexar County, to transfer the title before a payment is made.  This ensures that the title is valid and transferable.   There is also a link on the TxDMV website https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or-selling-a-vehicle/title-check-look-before-you-buy that allows a buyer to search for certain title information based on the vehicle identification number.  They can also call the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office at 210-335-2251 to verify certain information.

    “I’m asking our citizens to be careful and to be diligent when buying a vehicle from an individual you don’t know, especially if you find it on an internet site. The seller may not have a real title to the vehicle, or it may even be stolen.  If the car is stolen, law enforcement will seize the vehicle.   Buyers should follow this simple rule of thumb:  If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so proceed with caution,” said Albert Uresti.  

     

    AU-TAC

All vehicle registration and title transfers require proof of insurance and a current vehicle inspection that is no more than 90 days old.

In Person

You have several options to register or renew your vehicle registration. Please be certain to have your current proof of insurance with you at the time of your renewal.

OUR LOBBIES ARE OPEN! All persons conducting business in the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office are encouraged to wear a facial covering. Due to limited seating, only two persons per transaction will be allowed in the building. Our phone center, commercial offices, and Southside Drive-Thru continue to remain open. You may view a list of the 19 private Vehicle Full-Service Title Companies here, that can do most motor vehicle transactions but for a convenience fee.

Vehicle transactions may be left in our drop boxes after hours. Please allow up to 14 days for completion.  

By Mail

Vehicle registrations may also be renewed by mail. Send your renewal form and a photocopy of proof of insurance to:

Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Office
P. O. Box 839950
San Antonio, TX 78283-3950

Please allow up to 15 days for the processing of your new window sticker (or new plates) by mail.

Online

Register online on the TxDMV website.

Expired Registration

In the event your registration is expired, you must visit one of our four Bexar County Tax Office locations. Please be certain to have current proof of insurance with you at the time of your renewal.

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