Texas DMV Offering Redesigned Temporary Tags Soon
In Texas, the Department of Motor Vehicles is redesigning the look of temporary tags. The new tags will be issued to dealers. The redesign of the look and features of temporary tags is the next step in the department's efforts to prevent the unauthorized use and production of these documents. Through its collaboration with law enforcement, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has identified the various tools criminal organizations use to produce counterfeit tags.
Daniel Avitia, the agency's executive director, said that redesigning the look and features of temporary tags is the next step in the department's efforts to prevent the unauthorized use and production of these documents. The new tags, which will be issued to dealers on December 9, 2022, are more secure and complex than their predecessors. They also feature additional security features to help law enforcers identify fake tags.
New Temporary Tags Design Features
This list is only partial and does not cover all of the security features included in the new Texas temporary tags. Some of these include a Texas flag watermark, an enhanced depiction of the vehicle year and make, and the name and expiration date of the dealer. The size and font selection of the tags also help improve their readability.
The new tags have various security features designed to help law enforcers identify fake tags. These include multiple embedded data and text pieces linked to databases operated by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Through House Bill 3927, the department was able to limit the number of tags that a licensed dealer can create. It also gave the agency the authority to deny access to the system when it suspects fraudulent activity. The agency noted that these statutory changes were made to improve the coordination between the department and law enforcers.
The agency also improved the access to its databases by allowing law enforcers to perform additional data validation before the issuance of timed permits and temporary tags. It conducted criminal background checks on all applicants for dealer licenses.
The agency's actions have been proven effective in reducing the number of fraudulent temporary tags. For more information about these activities, please visit the department's website at www.txdmv.gov/temporarytags. Besides these, the agency also regularly audits the operations of licensed dealers and issues oversize and overweight permits.