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Old 09-28-2021, 08:06 AM   #1
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New Texas Residents

We are settling down after 10 years of living full-time on the road.

We have purchased a home in Texas that will close on October 15.

What do we need to be concerned with in regard to motor home registration?
1. Inspection
2. Registration
3. Taxes?

I seem to recall a driving test for Texas drivers license of RVs over 30 feet?

Your comments and suggestions would be appreciated.

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We are settling down after 10 years of living full-time on the road.

We have purchased a home in Texas that will close on October 15.

What do we need to be concerned with in regard to motor home registration?
1. Inspection
2. Registration
3. Taxes?

I seem to recall a driving test for Texas drivers license of RVs over 30 feet?

Your comments and suggestions would be appreciated.

Rex

You will have to apply for a Texas Title if bringing your MH in from another state. Simply take your title to your local tax office and they will take care of it for you. I don't think you will have to pay any taxes. License plates for my 40' DP ran in the $475 range. The fee is based on weight. They will look up GVW for your make / model and base License Plate fee on that. TX requires an annual inspection. Any inspection station that has physical room for a MH can do the inspection. You will need the inspection certificate when applying for a TX License Plate along with your proof of insurance.



In Texas you need a Non-Commercial Class B endorsement on your Driver's license to drive anything over 26,000 GVW. Below that your standard Class C driver's license is fine. To get the Non-Commercial Class B you will need to take a simple written test covering only a couple chapters of the TX CDL manual plus a driver's skill test. Neither should be of any concern. They were easy.


This is all from memory. I hope I didn't miss-state anything.


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The best place for accurate, up-to-date information is from the Texas website:

https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/new-to-texas
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Doug got it all right. I have nothing to add.
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Hi Rex - This may have changed but back along you also needed to get an air brake endorsement when you got your non- commercial class B.


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Hi Rex - This may have changed but back along you also needed to get an air brake endorsement when you got your non- commercial class B.


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No air brake endorsement required. When I did my road test the DPS Officer did walk me through a brake safety check. He instructed me step by step what to do. Was not graded, just a prerequisite to the road test.

The important thing when you go into the licensing office is to stress you are there for a NON COMMERCIAL Class B.

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Thanks for all the replies.

Is the driver's license a two step process where first you get your standard driver's license and then apply for the Non-commercial Class B?
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Thanks for all the replies.

Is the driver's license a two step process where first you get your standard driver's license and then apply for the Non-commercial Class B?



That I don't know. A call to the information line in Austin will get you an answer.


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Here's a step-by-step:

https://www.escapees.com/texas-drive...nts-for-rvers/
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We just got done jumping through all the hoops as we have finally landed back home in Texas after being gone for almost 30 years for work etc...

Welcome!!!

A lot of good info has been shared here.

One thing that took me by surprise was Insurance.
In order to pass inspection, your Insurance must be issued “in” Texas to your Texas address. The inspector would not relent and accept our policy which was written in Minnesota - regardless the fact that we just landed here.

Another -
Weight. If your out of state title does not have the empty weight listed on it, you will need a weight statement (Cat scale would do). We had our Statement and they didn’t even look at it because I had put the weight on the title application.

We are in Midlothian Texas - Ellis County. I suppose things could vary from one county to another.

Oh - one other thing that was surprising!
Sales Tax!!! They charged us $90 sales tax on each of our vehicles and called it a “new resident” fee... ugh.....

The inspection fee is $25.50 and all they did is check fuel caps and plug their scanner into the OBD2 port. They’re looking for codes - mostly emissions... Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape. We were charged another $30 for replacement blades on our Jeep - although the ones I had were only about 6 months old..
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Thanks for the great information.

Is the unloaded vehicle weight used for anything other than determining the class of driver's license?

Is there a fee based on weight?
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Another thing I learnt on this forum. I thought the CDL requirement was only needed if we were towing.
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Thanks for the great information.

Is the unloaded vehicle weight used for anything other than determining the class of driver's license?

Is there a fee based on weight?
I don’t recall a weight based fee, but it may be cooked into the weight class of the license tag.
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W%WTX and Bigfoot have given you great information. The only thing I can add is to download and have prepared the Texas title transfer form available online or at any county tax office. As always, there will be some fees and such. However, DO NOT let them charge your the diesel vehicle fee as RV's are exempt.

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