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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-01-2009, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Install Guide New resident to Dallas - car registration?

Hey everyone,

You've probably seen my other posts. Moving to Dallas soon....curious what I should know about registering my car in the state, getting a new license, etc.?

I'm coming from Missouri....we have to get a safety check, an emissions test, show current insurance card, show last two personal property tax receipts, and pay roughly $40 for a year's worth registration (option to register for 2 years at $76).

I forget what it cost and what the process was for drivers license.

Same kind of thing in Texas, just without the personal property tax?

So my registration expires in Oct. '09 in Missouri. Is that good you think 'till the end of the month? I'm likely moving early Oct., so I didn't want to register my car in MO for another year if I didn't have to.

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You need proof of insurance to get the car inspected. After it passes inspection you can get it registered. I get mine done at Tom Thumb believe it or not. It's just something they do there at the customer service counter. That way I don't have to worry about it coming in the mail or whatever. For your license just find the DMV closest to you and get your Tx drivers license there. Not really sure what the process is.

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You need proof of insurance to get the car inspected. After it passes inspection you can get it registered. I get mine done at Tom Thumb believe it or not. It's just something they do there at the customer service counter. That way I don't have to worry about it coming in the mail or whatever. For your license just find the DMV closest to you and get your Tx drivers license there. Not really sure what the process is.
When it comes to getting your car to pass inspection, is it a smog inspection? or just a look over 'make sure the vin matches' kind of inspection?

I'm curious because I plan on moving to TX as well.

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I was checking out the FT hood website and it says that I will need to get a Texas drivers license. Will other state licenses not work? I have an Arizona license and it doesn't expire until 2050 so I don't see a reason for getting another one.

I'd also like to know what type of inspections they do.
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I was checking out the FT hood website and it says that I will need to get a Texas drivers license. Will other state licenses not work? I have an Arizona license and it doesn't expire until 2050 so I don't see a reason for getting another one.

I'd also like to know what type of inspections they do.

I here FT Hood is strick on vehicles down there. As for your license I don't believe you will need to change it. You will however have to pass Tx state inspections to register the car in Texas. My brother has been station there the pass 4 years and he's had a couple issues about getting on base with his truck. They do vehicle inspections once a month I believe.
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If anyone moving to the Dallas area needs a friend inspection, shoot me a PM
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Here is a link that should answer all or most your questions, including Military. Also if your going to be moving to the Dallas area, consider investings in a Tolltag. The tickets for running the toll booths and not paying can get costly.

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