Texas vehicle registration and inspection sticker

Cleburne Police Chief Rob Severance on Monday reminded residents that Gov. Greg Abbott’s temporary waiver of vehicle title and registration requirements comes to an end on April 14.

Abbott instituted the waiver on March 16, 2020, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We urge those whose vehicle is past the registration deadline to go ahead and renew and not wait until the April 14 deadline,” Severance said. 

The waiver did on waive standard fees associated with title and registration, according to a recent Texas Department of Motor Vehicles release.

“If you have not renewed your expired vehicle registration, you should make plans to renew by that date,” according to the release. “It is not necessary to wait until the deadline to complete any overdue transactions as motorists have several renewal options.”

Abbott’s temporary suspension order, Severance said, barred officers from issuing citations for out-of-date registration stickers on vehicles.

“We haven’t been giving tickets on that,” Severance said. “Another effect of the governor’s emergency order was that it temporarily limited our code enforcement department’s ability to address junk vehicles. Once the [April 14] deadline passes we will be able to address those situations and enforce those statutes concerning junk vehicles. We will also, of course, resume issuing citations for vehicles with out-of-date inspection stickers.”

Vehicles with at the end of May 2020 or after may still renew online. Those with stickers that expired at the end of May 2020 can renew online through March 31. Those with stickers that expired at the end of June 2020 or later have until the final April 14 deadline to renew.

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles officials urge motorists to renew online at txdmv.gov.

“This is the quickest and least expensive way to renew,” according to the department’s release. “You save $1 if you renew online. Online renewal is available up to nine months past your registration expiration date.”

Motorists may also renew by mail or by visiting their county’s tax assessor/collector’s office. 

The Johnson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office is at 2 N. Mill St. in downtown Cleburne. Johnson County residents may also register their vehicles at the Alvarado Sub Courthouse, 206 N. Baugh St.; and the Burleson Sub Courthouse, 247 Elk Drive.

Renewals are also available at the H-E-B and Kroger grocery stores in Burleson.

For information, visit johnsoncountytaxoffice.org.

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