Texas DMV Officials Need Surety Bonds

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Some Texas public officials will need to post a surety bond following the adoption of new regulations by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The rules were adopted in August but will not take full effect until January 1, 2017.

The new regulations affect full service deputies, motor vehicle dealer deputies and limited service deputies appointed to their duties by the county tax assessor-collector. These deputies perform motor vehicle registration and vehicle title services for county tax assessor-collector offices in various capacities.

Full service deputies can perform all duties of a county tax assessor-collector, though the assessor-collector can impose restrictions when the deputy is appointed. Full service deputies can perform the following duties if there are no restrictions in their contracts:

  • vehicle registration renewal
  • vehicle title transfers
  • change of address on motor vehicle records
  • non-fee license plates
  • disabled parking placards
  • copies of registration receipts
  • temporary registration

The new rule will require full service deputies to post a bond between $100,000 and $5,000,000, as determined by the assessor-collector.

Motor vehicle dealer deputies must have a general distinguishing number (GDN) and can act as a deputy for the type of vehicle for which they hold the GDN. The duties they can perform are detailed in the Texas Administrative Code. Dealer deputies must also post a bond between $100,000 and $5,000,000, as determined by the assessor-collector.

Limited service deputies can only process registration renewals and must post a bond in an amount between $2,500 and $1,000,000, as determined by the assessor-collector.

Texas Administrative Code Title 43, Part 10, Chapter 217, Subchapter H contains complete rules for all types of deputies. Contact the Texas DMV with questions about the new rules. The experts at SuretyBonds.com can help you purchase a surety bond in Texas.

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Melanie Baravik
Melanie is a senior at the University of Missouri - Columbia studying English with an emphasis in creative writing. She is a member of the marketing department and outreach team for SuretyBonds.com, a leading provider of online bonding for clients nationwide.