Texas Used Automotive Parts Recyclers

If you operate a Used Automotive Parts Recycling Business in Texas, you must have a license issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Depending on the type of business you operate, you may also need a license from the new Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV).

Previously, when licensed by the TxDMV, you could choose from one or a combination of the following six salvage vehicle dealer license types: New Automobile Dealer; Salvage Pool Operator; Used Automobile Dealer; Salvage Vehicle Broker; Used Vehicle Parts Dealer; or Salvage Vehicle Rebuilders. The Used Vehicle Parts Dealer licensing was transferred to TDLR. The name was changed to Used Automotive Parts Recycler.

The remaining five license types continue to be regulated by TxDMV and did not transfer to TDLR. Depending on your type of business, you may now need licenses from both TDLR and TxDMV.

Used Automotive Parts Recyclers

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Your Voice Matters: Feedback for TDLR's Used Automotive Parts Recyclers Program

TDLR files this notice of intent to review and consider for re-adoption, revision, or repeal 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 87, Used Automotive Parts Recyclers. This review and consideration is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Texas Government Code, §2001.039.

An assessment will be made by the Department as to whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist. Each rule will be reviewed to determine whether it is obsolete, whether the rule reflects current legal and policy considerations, and whether the rule reflects current procedures of the Department.

Any questions or written comments pertaining to this rule review may be submitted by mail to Pauline Easley, Legal Assistant, General Counsel’s Office, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711, or by facsimile to (512)475-3032, or electronically to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov. The deadline for comments is 30 days after publication in the Texas Register.

Proposed changes to these rules as a result of the rule review will be published in the Proposed Rules Section of the Texas Register. The proposed rules will be open for public comment prior to final adoption or repeal by the Department, in accordance with the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001.

§87.1. Authority
§87.10. Definitions
§87.15. Approval, Issuance, or Denial of License
§87.20. Licensing Requirements-- Used Automotive Parts Recycling Business License Required
§87.21. Licensing Requirements--Used Automotive Parts Recycling Business License Eligibility
§87.22. Licensing Requirements--Used Automotive Parts Recycling Business License Application Requirements
§87.23. Licensing Requirements--Used Automotive Parts Recycling Business License Renewal
§87.24. Used Automotive Parts Recycling Employee License--Required
§87.25. Used Automotive Parts Recycling Employee License--Requirements
§87.26. Used Automotive Parts Recycling Employee License Renewal
§87.30. Exemptions
§87.40. Insurance Requirements
§87.44. Inspections--General
§87.45. Inspections--Periodic
§87.46. Inspections--Risk-based
§87.47. Corrective Actions Following Inspections
§87.50. Reporting Requirements--Filing of Vehicle Ownership Documents
§87.65. Advisory Board
§87.70. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Acquiring Vehicles
§87.71. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Record Retention
§87.72. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Registration of New Business Location
§87.73. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Removal of License Plates
§87.74. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Dismantlement or Disposal of Motor Vehicle
§87.75. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Record of Purchase; Inventory of Parts
§87.76. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Retention of Component Parts
§87.77. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Maintenance of Records
§87.78. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Surrender of Certain Documents or License Plates
§87.79. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Inspection of Records by Peace Officers
§87.80. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Records of Casual Sales
§87.81. Responsibilities of the Licensee--Hours of Operation Using Heavy Machinery in Certain Counties
§87.85. Fees
§87.90. Administrative Sanctions
§87.91. Enforcement Authority
§87.92. Cease and Desist Order

Issued in Austin, Texas on May 19, 2014.

William H. Kuntz, Jr.
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation


On November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation approved a reduction in the initial license and renewal fees for the Used Automotive Parts Recycler program. TDLR estimates this fee reduction will result in a savings for licensees of $52,364 annually, with an estimated five-year savings of $261,820. The justification for the adoption is online.

The following fee reductions take effect January 1, 2014 for initial applications and February 1, 2014 for renewals:

Business Permit

  • Current Initial or Renewal Fee: $120
  • REDUCED Initial or Renewal Fee: $75
  • SAVINGS: 37.5%

Employee License

  • Current Initial or Renewal Fee: $30
  • REDUCED Initial or Renewal Fee: $25
  • SAVINGS: 16.6%

“These savings result from the fee review we conduct each year, as part of our vision of ‘Smaller, Smarter Government’,” said TDLR Executive Director William Kuntz. “TDLR ensures that our license fees are reasonable and only cover the actual cost of administering our programs. With these fee reductions, our licensees and the public will receive the same high level of service but now at a lower cost.”

At their November 21st meeting, the Commission lowered fees for more than 400,000 TDLR licensees. TDLR estimates the total savings for all licensees will amount to nearly $6 million each year, with an estimated five-year savings of $29,661,245.

“I’m proud that TDLR is leading the way to lower economic barriers for entry into the Texas workforce while helping businesses grow and keep more money in their pockets,” said Commission Chairman Mike Arismendez. “With these fee reductions, TDLR licensees will save real money now and for years to come.”

Questions? Email TDLR at cs.parts.recycling@tdlr.texas.gov or call 800-803-9202        


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There are two license types in the Used Automotive Parts Recyclers program:

1. USED AUTOMOTIVE PARTS RECYCLING BUSINESS LICENSE

To be eligible for a Used Automotive Parts Recycling Business License, an applicant must:

  • submit a completed TDLR Used Automotive Parts Recycling Business Application;
  • provide a valid federal tax ID number (sole proprietors may use a Social Security number);
  • maintain a general liability insurance policy in an amount not less than $250,000 and attach a certificate of insurance to your application;
  • provide proof of a storm water permit (see below);
  • pass a criminal background check (for all principals of the company); and
  • pay a fee of $120.

Storm Water Permit: If you’ve applied for a storm water permit, but have not yet received it, you may still apply for this license. Information about how to get your storm water permit is available from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at (512) 239-1000, or online at www.tceq.state.tx.us/nav/permits/sw_permits.html.

2. USED AUTOMOTIVE PARTS RECYCLING EMPLOYEE LICENSE

If you work at a Used Automotive Parts Recycling Business in Texas, you may need a Used Automotive Parts Recycler Employee License. Licenses are required for employees who acquire a vehicle or used automotive parts and sell used automotive parts.

To be eligible for this license, an applicant must:

FOR MORE INFORMATION - Send an email to automotive.parts.recyclers @tdlr.texas.gov or call (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599.

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