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TDLR proposes Vehicle Towing & Booting Administrative Rules

"TDLR is proposing new rules for vehicle RELOCATIONS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. Please read these carefully and share with any of your private property customers that ask you to relocate vehicles on their property. Public comments are due June 4 if you have any concerns with the new requirements. The proposed rules will be discussed and you can testify on them at the June 18 Advisory Board meeting in Austin. It will be held at 2:00 p.m. at 1106 Clayton Lane, Austin, TX."

TDLR proposes Vehicle Towing and Booting Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to the Vehicle Towing and Booting program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 86, §86.705; and proposed repeal of §86.213). The proposed amendments and repeal implement changes from Senate Bill 1501 and Senate Bill 2065, 85th Legislature, Regular Session (2017), for the Vehicle Towing and Booting program. Collectively, these bills eliminate the towing operator training license and establish standards of conduct for tow operators engaging in the non-consent relocation of vehicles from one area on a parking facility to another area on the same parking facility.
The proposed rules are published in the May 4, 2018, issue of the Texas Register (43 TexReg 2688). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until June 4, 2018.
The Department encourages anyone interested in the Vehicle Towing and Booting program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted by email to



Eimpound’s new feature uploads paper notices and documents for electronic notification

Las Vegas, NV — Launched in 2017, is a free web service allowing law enforcement and tow providers to electronically identify and notify lien holders and owners. Its newest feature allows users to upload paper notices and documents for electronic distribution to lien holders and secured parties; a significant addition, as all states require this as part of the notification process.


Approximately 1500 users across the United States and Canada use eimpound, and operators report they are thrilled with the no-cost service. The site is easy to use:


  • Users just go to the website ( and enter a VIN or tag. If the information exists in the eimpound internal lien record database, the user receives an e-receipt with contact information for the lien holder. Eimpound also sends the lien holder an electronic notification if there’s a match in the database. 


  • If the database doesn’t have it, eimpound keeps searching – for no cost.


  • If the desired information isn’t immediately available in the eimpound database, eimpound pays to search for and retrieve it from other databases across all 50 states and North America. The original requester receives the information on the registered owner and lien holder within two business days of their original search. In Canada, the eimpound team pays for a PPSA search, saving these costs for the tow provider.


Towing services and law enforcement use eimpound a variety of ways: VINs or tags can be entered one at a time, by batch file, or through an automated batch feed on a timely basis (daily, weekly, monthly). There’s nothing to lose: if there is a match and notification, great. If there is no match, nothing lost. And even when eimpound takes on the cost and effort of an additional search, the service is still completely free for all users.



Free app for scanning and loading VINS


Eimpound also offers an app for Apple and Android devices; it’s free to download and free to use, just like the online service! The app allows users to scan a VIN with their phone or tablet and tap into all the benefits of the eimpound website. All you do is line up the red line of the app scanner across the VIN barcode (not the VIN numbers). The app recognizes the barcode, takes a scan and sends the code to eimpound. (It doesn’t take an image of the VIN) Confirmation is displayed immediately on the screen, and that’s all it takes.


Search for “eimpound” on Google Play or the App Store, or download from:


Eimpound encourages users to let us know whatever we can do to improve the eimpound experience.



Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, eimpound is powered by Locator Technologies and has over 35 million U.S. lien holders’ liens and Canadian secured party records in its database. Locator Technologies also powers and, providing electronic notifications and updates to lien holders and insurers on the vehicles they care about. For or more information, visit, or

TDLR Strategic Planning Session Dates and Locations

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) invites you to join us for our 2018 Strategic Planning Sessions in Arlington! These face-to-face sessions are your opportunity to share your ideas and opinions with us directly about how we’re doing and how we can improve. Your feedback during these open and interactive sessions will help us chart the course for TDLR’s future.

April 9, 2018
Crowne Plaza Hotel Arlington
700 Avenue H East

April 9, 2018
Radisson El Paso Airport
1770 Airway Blvd.
El Paso, Texas

April 16, 2018
Crowne Plaza Northwest
12801 Northwest Freeway
Houston, Texas

April 16, 2018
DoubleTree Suites
1800 S 2nd Street
McAllen, Texas

April 23, 2018
Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin
3401 S. IH-35

Your Voice Matters

We value your input and look forward to hearing from you. During each session participants will be asked to respond to the following questions about TDLR:

What are we doing well?
If you were king or queen for a day, what changes would you make to TDLR’s laws, rules, or processes?
During the next five years, what major changes do you expect in your profession or industry, and in the state of Texas?
What changes should we make to prepare for the next catastrophic event, such as Hurricane Harvey?

Ideas and suggestions from strategic planning sessions make a difference. We make process improvement and rule changes based on your feedback, and we share your feedback with state lawmakers. Your ideas can create real change for Texas.

TRAA ELD Exemption Petition - Comment Period is Open!

On December 13, 2017, the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.® (TRAA) submitted a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for an exemption from electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for the towing industry.

Together the TRAA Cabinet and the TRAA Legislative Advocacy Network® (TRAA LAN™) have worked diligently on behalf of the towing industry to present a compelling argument for a much-needed exemption. The petition was posted to the Federal Register on January 10, 2019 ( ).

We need the towing industry to submit positive, factual, and informational comments in favor of our request. It is vital that the comments are well thought out and supportive of our argument.

Therefore, we are asking each State Towing Association to reach out to their members and ask them to comment in support of this petition. In addition, if your association has a relationship with any other organization that might be in support of our exemption request, please ask them to submit positive comments as well. The comment period ends on February 9, 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the TRAA Office at or TRAA Legislative and TRAA LAN™ Chair, Joanne Blyton at .

Contact Info

  • Southwest Tow Operators
  • 660 N Central Expressway, Suite 230
  • Plano, Texas 75074
  • Toll Free: (866) 320-9300

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