Used Automotive Parts Recyclers

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News and Updates

Updates to Used Automotive Parts Recyclers law(s)

This message is provided to notify you of changes to the Used Automotive Parts Recyclers law(s).

House Bill 2847 passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, amended Occupations Code, Chapter 2309, relating to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations, activities, and agreements; providing a civil penalty; authorizing fees; requiring an occupational registration and an occupational license.  House Bill 2847 and the changes to Chapter 2309 became effective September 1, 2019.

TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Used Automotive Parts Recyclers program to review the updated Occupations Code, Chapter 2309.

TDLR Adopts Amendments and Repeals to Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments and repeals to the Used Automotive Parts Recyclers (UAPR) program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 87, §§87.15, 87.44, 87.45, and 87.85; and repeal of existing §§87.24 - 87.26, and 87.46). The adopted rules implement House Bill 2847, Article 15, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which amended Chapter 2309, Occupations Code, by: (1) repealing the licensing requirement and fees for employees working at UAPR facilities; (2) repealing the provisions requiring risk-based inspections and fees for repeat violators of Chapter 2309, Occupations Code; and (3) increasing the periodic inspection time period to every four years.

The adoption justification was published in the January 24, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 541). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of February 1, 2020.

TDLR Adopts Rule Review

At their meeting held January 11, 2019, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the rule review of 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 87, Used Automotive Parts Recyclers, effective January 25, 2019.

The rule review adoption was published in the February 8, 2019 issue of the Texas Register (44 TexReg 598). TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Used Automotive Parts Recyclers program to review the rule review adoption.


Licensing Information

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.

Questions? Email TDLR or call 800-803-9202

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 $75.

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 https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assistance/water/stormwater/sw.html.


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Advisory Board Meetings

Upcoming Meeting (Canceled) - March 3, 2020

The Used Automotive Parts Recycling Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. has been canceled. When the meeting is rescheduled, the date will be posted online.

November 13, 2019 Meeting

The Used Automotive Parts Recycling Advisory Board met November 13, 2019 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel

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