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Gifted or Donated Vehicles

Title Transfer for gifted vehicles in Austin TX and Travis County

Vehicles being gifted or donated will be charged a $10 gift tax fee instead of the standard sales tax. To qualify as a gift the vehicle must be given by:


  • Spouse
    Separate property only. Vehicles held as community property are not subject to tax.

  • Parent or stepparent

  • Child or stepchild

  • Father-in-law / mother-in-law

  • Son-in-law / daughter-in-law

  • Sibling

  • Brother-in-law / sister-in-law

  • Grandparent / grandparent-in-law

  • Grandchild / grandchild-in-law

  • Guardian

  • Descendent's estate (inherited)


A vehicle also qualifies a gift when it is given by, or donated to, a nonprofit service organization qualifying under the Internal Revenue Code, Sec. 501(c)(3).

You will receive your registration sticker and license plates immediately after all requirements are met and applicable fees are paid. Your new title will arrive by mail in the following weeks.

All services must be handled in person at our walk-in location.

Vehicle Title Transfer or Renewal in Travis County, Austin TX
Vehicle Title + Registration Processing for Travis County, Austin

Vehicle Title & Registration Services 
for Austin TX and Travis County


For gifted vehicles you must provide:

  • Gift Affidavit
    An Affidavit of Motor Vehicle Gift Transfer - Form 14-317 - must be signed and notarized by both donor and recipient. Recipient signature must be original (a copy is not valid).

  • Vehicle Inspection
    Proof of passing emissions inspection. Must be within 90 days if vehicle is not currently registered. Find an Inspection Station

  • Insurance
    Proof of liability insurance that meets Texas liability standards. Individual applying for title transfer must be listed on policy. Digital proof is acceptable. More information

  • Form 130-U
    Completed Application for Texas Title and/or Registration - Link - a signature is not required by the seller unless seller is a dealer.

  • Title
    Original title properly signed by the buyer and seller.  You will surrender your original title.

  • ID
    Valid US Government-issued photo ID or Passport.



All stated fees are estimates. There are many variables and special circumstances which can affect the final cost.

  • Gift tax - $10

  • Registration fee - $80

  • Title fee - $33

  • Convenience fee - $30

Gifted vehicle title and registration - $155*

Gifted vehicle title transfer - $75*

* Fees are exactly the same as you would pay at Travis County Tax Office / TxDMV with the exception of our convenience fee. Stated fees are estimates only and do not include any applicable late fees or credit/debit card transaction fees. Exact costs will be determined at time of transaction.



We are able to provide title and registration services for cars, trucks, RV’s, motorcycles, etc. Watercraft must be registered with Texas Parks & Wildlife.


Centex Auto Title is a privately owned, for-profit business licensed to provide services on behalf of Travis County and TxDMV. If you prefer not to pay convenience fees you may complete all services we provide at the Travis County Tax Office.

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

Vehicle Title + Registration Processing for Travis County, Austin
For More Information On Our Title Services Please Contact Us.
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