EDINBURG – In an effort to deter and prevent fraudulent registration and transfers of stolen vehicles, Hidalgo County has launched a new licensing program that will help investigate and prosecute auto theft cases. 

The program will prevent the passing of false titles, insurance documents and supporting documentation required for transfers of ownership by requiring that individuals and businesses obtain a Motor Vehicle Title Service license.

The requirement applies to any company or individual that, for compensation, directly or indirectly assists other persons in obtaining vehicle title documents by submitting, transmitting, or sending applications for vehicle title documents to the appropriate government agency, said Hidalgo County Tax Assessor-Collector Pablo “Paul” Villarreal Jr.

“A motor vehicle title service will be required to maintain records for each transaction submitted to our office,” said Villarreal. “This will give us a transaction trail that is readily available for law enforcement.  It will identify who authorized, prepared and presented the paperwork to our office.”

Applications for a motor vehicle title service license or a title service runner’s license and required fees must be remitted in order to submit motor vehicle transactions.  More information is available by visiting www.HidalgoCounty/TitleServices.

Questions can be directed to the Motor Vehicle Department located at 2804 S. US HWY 281, Edinburg, Texas 78539 or by calling (956) 318-2157 or (956) 318-2158.