In the State of Texas when you transfer the ownership of a vehicle the law requires to record the mileage for any vehicle model year 2011 or newer, self-propelled and below 16,000 pounds. Usually you have to complete the odometer reading on the back of the vehicle’s Certificate of title in the Assignment of Title section. However you may complete a separate form as well for your safety and below you’ll find all the details.
The following vehicles are exempt from odometer reading in the State of Texas: any vehicle model year 2010 or older, vehicles over 16,000 pounds, low-speed vehicles (LSV), non-motorized vehicles (trailer-type), and mopeds or scooters.
Please take caution when your write on the title because any alteration, erasure or mutilation will void the Certificate of title. Secondly use a pen with black or blue ink and not a pencil. Thirdly please read carefully all the details and requirements before you start to write on the title.
According to the Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 501.072, State and Federal law the seller has to state the mileage of a vehicle in connection with the transfer of ownership. Failure to complete or providing a false statement may result in fines and/or imprisonment!
Below, you will find an optional federal disclosure statement form. By keeping a copy of the assigned title and by filling out this form also you will be able to keep the odometer disclosure records and prevent future claims from the buyer. It is recommended to keep the records of any vehicle transaction for five years.
Texas Odometer Disclosure Federal Form
Below you can find the Texas federal fillable PDF form for your use.
The Texas Federal Odometer Disclosure Statement form contains three sections. Below I’ll explain how to fill out this optional form.
The first section includes the full name of the seller. Particularly the name must be PRINTED. This means to use only Capital Letters to write SELLER’S NAME. Next fill out all the vehicle details. Start with the current odometer reading. If the odometer reading is in excess of its mechanical limits or is not the actual mileage please check the corresponding box:
Following in the second section fill out the Seller (Transferor) Information. This includes the seller’s signature and name (write SELLER’S NAME using only Capital Letters). Always write the name of the seller exactly how it appears on the title. Only one seller (owner) must sign if the title states OR between owner names printed on the title. Both sellers (owners) must sign if the title states AND or AND/OR between owner names, or if nothing is listed between owner names. Next fill out seller’s address:
Lastly in the third section fill out the Buyer (Transferee) Information. Here the buyer acknowledges the mileage reading as certified. Specifically complete here the buyer’s signature and name. Again write BUYER’S NAME using only Capital Letters. Finally fill out buyer’s address, and date of certification:
In Texas you can fill out the federal Texas Odometer Disclosure Statement Form.
If you want to know how to get an exact odometer reading you can find all the details here: Reading the Odometer – How to read an Odometer.
You can also fill out this form by hand but don’t forget to use a pen with blue or black ink and not a pencil!
How to fill out the Texas Odometer Disclosure Statement
When you fill out the Odometer Reading in the Assignment of Title section on the back of the vehicle’s Certificate of Title you need to complete the following details. Always use a pen with black or blue ink and not a pencil. Also do not make any alterations or erasures on the title because doing so will void the title! Moreover before you write on the title please read first all the instructions carefully.
First the seller fills out the PRINTED NAME of the Purchaser or Buyer. Then fill out purchaser’s (buyer’s) address, city, state and ZIP code.
Next the seller certifies and fills out the current odometer reading as the actual mileage. Please use only digits without tenths. If the Odometer reading entered is in EXCESS of the odometer’s mechanical limits the seller can check the first checkbox. Or the seller can check the second checkbox only if the Odometer reading entered is NOT the actual mileage (Warning – Odometer Discrepancy).
After that the seller fills out the date of sale and completes his/her signature and PRINTED NAME. Fill out the name of the seller exactly how it appears on the title. Only one seller (owner) must sign if the title states OR between owner names printed on the title. Both sellers (owners) must sign if the title states AND or AND/OR between owner names, or if nothing is listed between owner names.
Finally the buyer acknowledges the odometer certification made by the seller, fills out his/her signature and PRINTED NAME:
Odometer Fraud in Texas
A person commits an offense if the person, with intent to defraud, disconnects or resets an odometer to reduce the number of miles indicated on the odometer. Altering an odometer with the intent to deceive is a criminal offense!
If you think you are a victim of odometer fraud try to find a solution with the seller first. If you’re unable to find a solution you can file a complaint with the Attorney General of Texas – Consumer Protection: File a Complaint Online or call Consumer Protection Hotline (800) 621-0508.
Find more information about the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
In conclusion, for more details, please go to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
Even more, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is a dynamic state agency dedicated to customer service. Furthermore this agency is dedicated also to consumer protection and the success of motor vehicle-related industries.