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Old 10-07-2016, 06:19 PM   #1
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When (if) I move to TX in the coming months, what do I needed to do to transfer my motorcycle endorsement? Will TX recognize my current one, or is there a skills test required? KY required a skills test when I got it 16 years ago, I'm assuming TX will just let me transfer it.

Along those lines...what's with the two-step process to transfer a vehicle? Am I reading the DOT information right in that I have to get the vehicles inspected first, then pay an ounce of blood for the additional sales tax & registration? I had to pay 6% in KY, but I'm assuming it's slightly higher in TX. Do they go by the current NADA book value to determine that, the original purchase price, out something else entirely?

I'm just trying to nail down all the costs involved with the move in advance.
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When (if) I move to TX in the coming months, what do I needed to do to transfer my motorcycle endorsement? Will TX recognize my current one, or is there a skills test required? KY required a skills test when I got it 16 years ago, I'm assuming TX will just let me transfer it.

Along those lines...what's with the two-step process to transfer a vehicle? Am I reading the DOT information right in that I have to get the vehicles inspected first, then pay an ounce of blood for the additional sales tax & registration? I had to pay 6% in KY, but I'm assuming it's slightly higher in TX. Do they go by the current NADA book value to determine that, the original purchase price, out something else entirely?

I'm just trying to nail down all the costs involved with the move in advance.
Do you own the vehicle? If you already own it you won't pay sales tax. You'll just have to pay for state inspection and registration. Should be less than $100
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If an individual has a valid motorcycle license from another state, DPS will waive the motorcycle safety course requirement.

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverL...clelicense.htm
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This is where I get confused.

"Sales tax fees on a vehicle can be $90 or the difference between your previous state's sales tax and the Texas sales tax."

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http://txdmv.gov/motorists/new-to-texas
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This is where I get confused.

"Sales tax fees on a vehicle can be $90 or the difference between your previous state's sales tax and the Texas sales tax."

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http://txdmv.gov/motorists/new-to-texas
It's probably $90 unless you can prove that the difference between Texas and your state comes to less than $90
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It's probably $90 unless you can prove that the difference between Texas and your state comes to less than $90
I guess that makes sense.

Any ideas about transferring a drivers license?
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On form 130-U "$90 New Resident Tax"

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I guess that makes sense.

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Does your current license have a motorcycle endorsement?

You probably only have to take an eye exam at DPS and pay their fees.
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On form 130-U "$90 New Resident Tax"

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Better than staying in KY... We have to pay 1% of the value of the vehicle each year at the time of renewal, plus the renewal fees. Usually costs me about $600/year to keep tags on my 3 vehicles.
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You probably only have to take an eye exam at DPS and pay their fees.
Yep. Have a car & motorcycle endorsement on my KY license.
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The DMV says reciprocity will exempt from the knowledge and skills test for passenger vehicles license, but not for motorcycle license. Hmm. Guess I'll have to refresh on the book-way of street riding. I've probably picked up a lot of bad habits over the years they would frown on...
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The DMV says reciprocity will exempt from the knowledge and skills test for passenger vehicles license, but not for motorcycle license. Hmm. Guess I'll have to refresh on the book-way of street riding. I've probably picked up a lot of bad habits over the years they would frown on...
At least they're waving the MSF course
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Just read they'll waive the skills test, too. That's good. Looks like it's no big deal then.
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