My wife and I drove to Texas a couple of weeks ago to establish residency. We first went to the Escapees Headquarters and signed up for the mail forwarding service. Next we went to the local insurance agent and transferred our insurance on our tow vehicle (TV) and RV to a Texas agent. We were told this is necessary for the driver's license, but we're still not certain - read on to see why we're not certain.
The next stop was to the tax assessor's office to register RV and TV. No problem but it was more than we were expecting (approximately $440 for both).
Lastly, we went to the Dept. of Public Safety for driver's licenses. We had licenses from KY and social security cards but didn't have birth certificates or our passports (I believe only one of these are required). We were also informed that since the GCWR of our RV and TV is 26,000 lbs or more we were required to obatin a CDL. The following is a quote from the Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Handbook: "You must have a CDL to operate: A trailer with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds if the gross combination weight rating is more than 26,000 pounds."
Here is a link to the Texas website concerning this license requirement. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/dlClasses.htm. Scroll about 2/3 of the way down the page and click on the link to the handbook.
The lady that we spoke to gave me a copy of Section 14 of the handbook to study for the written test and said that there would be a driving test involved as well.
We are going back to Texas in a couple of months to complete the driver's license portion of the residency.
Hope this information helps and let me know if any is incorrect.
I live in texas. the license plate and drivers license offices are two different places.
how did the drivers license office determine your combined vehicles are >26,000lbs? I just bought a ford dually. its GVWR is 13,300, but the title lists its empty weight as 8,000lbs. there was no carrying capacity listed.
I just registered my FW, and its GWVR was documented at 15,500.
(I didn't like the tax fee either)..
I'm not sure how the person found the weight for the tow vehicle but she added it up. I know that she used the loaded weight (GCWR) also for the RV and the tow vehicle.