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1 million North Texans need to renew vehicle registration before waiver ends in April
ByHarshal 14 Jan 2021 09:25 AM 54

If you are one of those whose vehicle registration has expired and you haven't renewed it due to COVID-19, it’s time to get it done will come soon.

Texans have 90 days to get their vehicle registration renewed. From April 14, police will begin issuing citations again. According to local tax assessors, there are so many ways to get your vehicle registration renewed on-time.

At the new South Dallas government center, people are getting their expired vehicle registrations renewed before the grace period ends in 90 days.

Sherita Haggerty said, "I just sort of forgot, because, with COVID and stuff, I don't drive that car anymore, so I forgot about it."

Haggerty is one of an estimated 1 million drivers in North Texas with an overdue registration.

Governor Greg Abbott issued a waiver on March 16 of last year due to the pandemic. It will end on April 14.

Local tax officials are making a public push to get drivers back on track.

John Ames, who is a Dallas County tax assessor-collector said, "There's a three-step process. One is to determine your original vehicle registration sticker due date."

Depending on when the registration expired, and how old the vehicle inspection report is, drivers may be able to renew online or at a neighborhood location, such as a grocery store.

For registrations more than nine months overdue, there are several options.

Ames clarified, "They can do it by mail, dropbox, or see us and receive service with a smile."

With social distancing requirements still in place, the in-person option could take extra time.

Counties get $10 from registration fees for specific road improvement projects. Ames added, "That goes right back into building roads and bridges so that funnels right back into the community."

Folks who don't get their overdue registration sticker renewed by April 13 could face financial consequences.

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