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Residents now need photo ID at tax offices
Starting Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Andrews County residents titling a vehicle in the state and first-time registrants will need to show government-issued photo identification. State officials hope the new identification rules will enhance public safety and pave the way for more customer-friendly automation.
Through Aug. 31 of next year, acceptable forms of identification would include a government-issued identification with a photo, a unique identification number, a birth date and expiration date and must be acceptable to the county tax assessor-collector. Those acceptable forms of identification could also include a matricula consular, an identification card issued by a Mexican consulate to Mexican citizens living in the United States.
Beginning on Sept. 1, 2013, acceptable identification will be limited to a driver license or state identification certification issued by a state or territory of the U.S.; a U.S. or foreign passport; U.S. military identification; North Atlantic Treaty Organization identification or identification issued under a U.S. Status of Forces Agreement; U.S. Department of Homeland Security identification; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation; or U.S. Department of State identification.
The TxDMV will continue to offer registration renewal, email registration renewal reminders, specialty plate ordering, customer address changes, vehicle transfer notifications and vehicle transfer permits online. Consumers can also check whether a moving company is licensed and any complaints filed with the TxDMV against moving, bus or truck companies on the TxDMV website, www.TxDMV.gov.
The department released a list of frequently asked questions regarding the new identification rules:
Q: Do I have to show identification when I title or register my vehicle?
A: Yes, the first time you title or register a vehicle you will need to show a photo identification.
Q: Is anyone exempt from the photo identification requirement?
A: No. State law requires the owner of a vehicle to present identification as determined by the board.
Q: What are the acceptable forms of identification?
A: Through Aug. 31, 2013, an acceptable form of identification is a government-issued identification with a photo, a unique identification number, a birth date, an expiration date and must be acceptable to the county tax assessor-collector.
Q: Why did the rules change?
A: The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board passed these rules as a requirement of two new state laws, HB 2017 and HB 2357, that mandate identification for titling a vehicle and first-time registrants. This change does not apply to vehicle registration renewal. The new identification requirements are another step towards creating more electronic services for customers, and ensuring the integrity of the motor vehicle database.
Q: What identification is required if I am bringing the title application to the office for my spouse in the military or my child at college?
A: Bring a legible photocopy of your spouse’s or child’s identification.
Q: Will an identification be required for registration purposes only for vehicles titled outside Texas that are going to be registered in Texas?
Q: Whose identification is required if a vehicle is titled in a business name?
A: The identification of the person who signed the transaction must be presented along with one of the following: a business card or company letterhead giving the person authority to title the vehicle.
Q: Is identification required for government agencies, exempt agencies, nonprofits and churches?
A: Yes, the requirements for these organizations are the same as vehicles titled in a business name.
Q: Whose identification is required for leased vehicles?
A: Either the identification from the person leasing the vehicle or the leasing company agent is required. The same requirements for a business are required if the leasing company agent identification is submitted.
Q: If a vehicle is going to be titled in two or more names, are all identifications required?
A: Only one owner has to submit an identification at the time of the application for title or registration.
Q: What if my identification is expired?
A: For title and registration purposes, an identification will be accepted up to 12 months after the date of expiration.
For more information on the new identification rules, go to www.TxDMV.gov.
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