Vehicle Registration & Renewal
MEDIA PRESS RELEASE
January 24, 2024
TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR ISSUES WARNING TO CONSUMERS:
BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT AUTO TITLES!
San Antonio, Texas – The Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office is reporting a recent increase of buyers being tricked into purchasing vehicles with fraudulent titles or which have been stolen. In the last week, we have had three buyers swindled out of $10,000, $35,000, and $15,000 cash, respectively.
The ever-rising cost of motor vehicles and the reported shortage of inventory have driven some buyers to use non-traditional methods of shopping for cars. Many people believe they can save money by buying a vehicle from an advertisement on social media rather than from an auto dealership. Recently, there have been several individuals come into the County Tax Office to transfer the title into their name on a vehicle they bought on the internet, only to find out that the vehicle is stolen or the title they have been given is fraudulent and the seller has used a fake identification as well.
“I cannot tell you how much it breaks my heart to see a family’s hard-earned money be stolen from them by such unscrupulous persons. We want the public to know that the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office is a safe zone for them when purchasing a vehicle. Any person-to-person transaction, especially with cash, should be done in our office with both the buyer and seller present. If the seller will not come with you to our office, do NOT buy the car until you have verified the title and vehicle information,” said Albert Uresti, Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector.
The Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office offers guidelines on how to ensure private auto purchases are safe and legitimate. Primarily, the buyer can ask the seller to meet them at the local Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office, or one of the 19 Full-Service Title Companies in Bexar County, to transfer the title before a payment is made. This ensures that the title is valid and transferable. There is also a link on the TxDMV website https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or-selling-a-vehicle/title-check-look-before-you-buy that allows a buyer to search for certain title information based on the vehicle identification number. They can also call the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office at 210-335-2251 to verify certain information.
“I’m asking our citizens to be careful and to be diligent when buying a vehicle from an individual you don’t know, especially if you find it on an internet site. The seller may not have a real title to the vehicle, or it may even be stolen. If the car is stolen, law enforcement will seize the vehicle. Buyers should follow this simple rule of thumb: If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so proceed with caution,” said Albert Uresti.
All vehicle registration and title transfers require proof of insurance and a current vehicle inspection that is no more than 90 days old.
You have several options to register or renew your vehicle registration. Please be certain to have your current proof of insurance with you at the time of your renewal.
- Register or renew at any Bexar County Tax Office location, or
- Register or renew at any of the 19 auto title service locations throughout Bexar County, or
- Renew at participating H-E-B grocery stores business centers, available to Bexar County residents.
- Please Note: Must have Texas renewal notice.
- New registrations are not available at H-E-B locations. Please call your store for availability.
OUR LOBBIES ARE OPEN! All persons conducting business in the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office are encouraged to wear a facial covering. Due to limited seating, only two persons per transaction will be allowed in the building. Our phone center, commercial offices, and Southside Drive-Thru continue to remain open. You may view a list of the 19 private Vehicle Full-Service Title Companies here, that can do most motor vehicle transactions but for a convenience fee.
Vehicle transactions may be left in our drop boxes after hours. Please allow up to 14 days for completion.
Vehicle registrations may also be renewed by mail. Send your renewal form and a photocopy of proof of insurance to:
Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Office
P. O. Box 839950
San Antonio, TX 78283-3950
Please allow up to 15 days for the processing of your new window sticker (or new plates) by mail.
In the event your registration is expired, you must visit one of our four Bexar County Tax Office locations. Please be certain to have current proof of insurance with you at the time of your renewal.
- Application for Texas Title and/or Registration (Form 130-U)
- Texas Motor Vehicle Transfer Notification (VTR-346)
- Affidavit of Motor Vehicle Gift Transfer (Form 14-317)
- Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/or License Plate (VTR-214)
- Application for Certified Copy of Title (VTR-34)
Vista Verde Plaza Building
233 N. Pecos La Trinidad
San Antonio, TX 78207
P.O. Box 839950
San Antonio, TX 78283
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Albert Uresti, MPA, PCAC, CTOP
Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector
Lisa Anderson, PCC
Chief Deputy of Administration
Michael G. Cuellar
Chief Deputy of Operations
Jeffrey Acevedo, PCC
Director, Financial Reporting
Marilyn N. Gonzales
Director, Motor Vehicle Registration Department
Carlos J. Gutierrez, PCC
Director, Property Tax Department
Stephanie Y. Gonzales, PCC
Director, Public Information