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Old 04-08-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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Registering a MH in Texas

I currently live in Michigan. I have my name on my mother's place in Dallas. I would like to register the MH there. Michigan plates / tags are .0047% of original MSRP. Yes, even on used. I will drive down to fulfill the registration process. Then return to MI until we sell the house and move South.
Any noticable faults in my thinking?
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To register in TX you will need to show proof of insurance, and probably need to have a state safety inspection as well.
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To register in TX you will need to show proof of insurance, and probably need to have a state safety inspection as well.
And in my state, the state in which it is/will be registered is the state in which it must be insured. So if that is the law in Texas, you'll have to get Texas insurance before they'll let you register it.
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I think most insurance companies look to where the vehicle is parked day in and out. This would be the home base so to speak of where the rig is going to be operated from. I would suggest a national insurance company such as Progressive or Geico and you should have no problem.
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The safety inspection station will also have to provide you with a form verifying the MH's VIN against the VIN on the Michigan title you'll be surrendering. Without the safety and VIN documentation, the Tax Assessor/Collector's office won't register it.

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Requirements for Tx registration.

Liability insurance meeting state minimums.

A vehicle inspection in Texas. If you're registering in one of the emission regulated counties such as Bexar (Austin) or Harris (Houston) the inspection will need to be in the same county. Also, as one other poster noted, the inspection place will give you an additional for with vin verified, be sure they know you're bringing the vehicle in from out of state.

If the title does not show the vehicle weight, you will need to have it weighed at a certified scale. Any big truck stop. Bring the certificate they provide and give them the vehicle make and vin when they fill it out at the scale. The weight of the vehicle determines to some extent the annual cost of your tags.

Be sure and bring your out of state registration showing the tax you paid when you purchased the vehicle.

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Thanks for the comments.

If we buy from a private sale, I should be able to bring that title to TX, along with the other items the state requires for registering. The insurance, title, etc wiill be based on the Dallas address.

The area of concern is that I won't have a TX drivers license.

That maybe a stumbling block.
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I believe TX requires a non-commercial class B drivers license if over 26,000 pounds. If your plans are to leave MI anyway, why not setup residence in TX?
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The lack of a Texas driver's license could lead to some interesting roadside conversations with one of our DPS officers, but it shouldn't have any bearing on the registration process. I don't believe you have to display a Texas driver's license unless you write a check to the Tax A/C, then they want a driver license number to put on the check. Even then, I don't know that they would insist on a Texas driver license.

The requirements for a Texas non-commercial B license have been discussed many times on this forum. They apply if the GVWR of your MH is >26,000 lbs and allow you to tow up to 10,000 lbs. If towing over 10,000 lbs with a GCWR of >26,000 lbs, you would move up to a non-commercial A license.

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OP, do not worry if you should happen to get pulled over by I think the poster said DPS or any other police agency. Your rig will be legally registered! RV'ers aren't the only folks who have multiple state residences. You can't have a license in them all. Frankly most cops have more important things to worry about then you having two houses in two states,
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Oh, I didn't say that he would be pulled over for having Texas plates or a Michigan driver license. Just that, should he be pulled over, the mismatch with both in the OP's name and no LLC involved will be an interesting topic of conversation since Texas grants a limited time period to transfer both registration and driver licenses for Texas residents (which the OP is claiming in post #1).

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Thanks for the clarification Rusty!
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When I registered my MH in Texas, I had a Capacities sheet from my builder that showed all of the weights for the MH. I showed them this sheet. They want to know if your over 26,000 lbs because it puts you into a different category for registration. So I did not have to weigh my RV.
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FWIW, I registered my MH in Florida using my vacation home's address. I advised my insurance company that the MH would be garaged there most of the time, which is true. They had no problem with that. I never got a Florida Driver's license, since I reside most of the time in NY. Also not a problem for the insurance company.

My communications with the insurance company were by e-mail, so I had a written record if it was ever needed.
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