EDINBURG, Texas – Fraudulent car transfers are a growing problem in the Valley according to Hidalgo County officials. To protect consumers, the county’s tax assessor-collector motor vehicle department has implemented a new form that helps track down those who forge signatures to obtain another person’s vehicle information or transfer ownership. The department now requires those other than the car owner picking up vehicle license plates, to bring an authorization form from the car owner and present proper identification.
Paul Villareal, Hidalgo County Tax Assessor/Collector, “We’re going to keep that in file. Sometimes what happens is if somebody did something fictitious and maybe that vehicle gets caught with human trafficking, drugs, hit and run then at that point if the law enforcement agencies is looking for them, we’ll have something to say ‘Look this is the person that actually got the plates’.”
In the State of Texas, it is a third-degree felony to provide false information to transfer ownership of a motor vehicle.