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Texas Bills Require DMV to Develop Electronic Forms
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:50 AM

SB 1062 by Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) and its companion HB 1693 by Rep. Jay Dean (R-Longview) would require the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to provide electronic forms for odometer readings, a secure power of attorney form, and a secure reassignment form for licensed motor vehicle dealers. Currently, the law does not address electronic forms. This bill could help address issues that developed when DMV rolled out the controlled document power of attorney.

Texas Credit Union Association President Jeff Huffman testified in support of SB 1062 in the Senate Transportation Committee hearing. “Electronic forms will expedite the process for transferring titles, making the process more efficient and less vulnerable to fraud,” said Huffman.

This bill would benefit credit unions by permitting the use of electronic power-of-attorney (POA) forms tied to odometer disclosure requirements. In discussions with DMV staff they indicated that the current POA forms will continue to be available for lienholders to use for the foreseeable future, while the electronic system is developed—assuming the legislation passes.

SB 1062 was voted favorably from committee as substituted. HB 1693 is scheduled to be heard in the House Transportation Committee on April 13.

For more information, please contact Texas Credit Union Association President Jeff Huffman at 469-385-6488 or