This is directly from the Texas Administrative Code:
Texas law does not require the license of the driver and the registration of the vehicle to be from the same state. Hence, residents of Texas may legally operate vehicles registered properly in other states; and nonresidents properly licensed in their home states may legally operate a Texas registered vehicle.
Do they require a VIN check....basically I own a bike in England I intend to eventually bring here, but was wondering if I could get plates before importing it
So it's a foreign vehicle?
I'm trying to kill two birds with one stone
Here is the process for registering and titling a foreign vehicle:
The vehicle must meet all federal and state importation requirements prior to titling and/or registering the vehicle in Texas.
Your vehicle must meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) established by theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
More information concerning customs matters is available from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Your vehicle must pass a Texas vehicle safety inspection and a visual verification of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You can have your vehicle inspected at any Texas-certified Safety Inspection Station.
The vehicle must be also inspected by one of the following law enforcement agencies:
After your vehicle passes customs, federal and state inspection, take the following forms, along with proof of insurance, to your county tax office:
Perfect...exactly what I need...thanks
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