Is there a grace period on expired tags in Texas?

Officials with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles announced April 5 there will be no grace period following the end of the temporary waiver of certain vehicle title and registr

Is there a grace period on expired tags in Texas?

Officials with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles announced April 5 there will be no grace period following the end of the temporary waiver of certain vehicle title and registration requirements this month.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, the temporary waiver covering initial vehicle registration, vehicle registration renewal, vehicle titling, renewal of permanent disabled parking placards and 30-day temporary permits will end April 14. The temporary waiver was first implemented by Gov. Greg Abbott on March 16, 2020, and has since been extended several times throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to the April 5 news release, Texans will need to complete any overdue transactions prior to 11:59 p.m. on April 14 to avoid being penalized for expired vehicle registrations.

"After April 14, 2021, law enforcement may begin issuing citations to motorists operating a vehicle without a current registration sticker or current registration receipt. There is no grace period after the April 14, 2021 deadline," the release reads.

As a reminder, Texans will need to obtain a passing vehicle inspection prior to renewing vehicle registrations. Vehicle registrations can be renewed online, by mail or in person.

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