Guide to Texas Driver’s License Requirements for RVers - Escapees RV Club (2023)

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Many RVers are not aware that more than one-third of U.S. states require a special driver’s license to legally drive certain types of RVs. Texas, one of the most popular domiciles for RVers, is among those.

Do You Need a Special License in Texas for Your Rig?

Texas defines three driver’s license classes—A, B and C—based on the weight of the vehicle, including anything it’s towing. Because these license class definitions are the same for both commercially- and privately-operated vehicles, some RVers mistakenly think that they need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) if their rig falls into the A or B classes. That is not the case. Texas operators of RVs for personal use, regardless of weight, are exempt from CDL requirements. (see item 4 under “CDL Exemptions”) For this reason, their special licenses are often called “Class A (or B) Exempt” or “Class A (or B) non-CDL” to distinguish them from both CDLs and the regular Class C driver license used for regular passenger automobiles.

The table below can help you determine whether you need more than a Class C license in Texas to legally operate your rig. Find the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of your motorhome or tow vehicle in the first column, the GVWR of your trailer or toad in the second column and the combined GVWR of both vehicles in the third column. The last column shows the class of license you will need.

Be aware that all the regulations use GVWR, which is the maximum weight for which the vehicle is rated. Your vehicle’s actual weight (gross vehicle weight or GVW) does not matter.

(By the way, don’t confuse the classes of Texas driver’s licenses with “classes” of RVs. Even though they use the same letters—A, B and C—they have absolutely nothing to do with each other. For example, most Class A motorhome owners will need only a Class B license, while Class B and most Class C motorhome owners will need only a Class C license. And many owners of large fifth wheel trailers, which don’t have an RV “class” at all, will need a Class A license! Just remember that the required license class is based on GVWR, no matter what kind of rig you have.)

If you’re still confused about what kind of license you need, this free downloadable flowchart provides a visual to help you determine the right class of license for you. We’ve also included a handy pre-testing checklist to help you prepare for the Texas drivers license test!

Consequences of Not Having the Proper Required Class of License

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If you don’t have the proper class of license for the rig you’re driving, you could receive a citation for driving without a license. In other words, having the wrong class of license for the vehicle you’re driving is treated the same as having no license at all.

In Texas, driving without a license is a misdemeanor that can result in a fine of up to $200 for a first offense, but penalties can be much higher if you’re also driving your rig under the influence, or if you’re cited in combination with another offense. You’re unlikely to be stopped by a law enforcement officer for the sole purpose of checking your license; however, if you’re stopped for another infraction, it’s likely you’ll receive the driving-without-a-license citation too.

The other possible consequence arises if you’re involved in an accident: an insurance company could deny your claim if they discover you were driving without the correct license.

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Validity of your Texas Driver’s License in Other States

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Each of the 50 U.S. states honors valid non-CDL driver’s licenses from the other states. So if you are properly licensed in Texas for your rig, you can legally drive your rig in any other state, even if that state has different licensing requirements.

However, if you are driving in a state with special licensing requirements for RVers and you don’t have the correct class of license from the State of Texas for your rig, the consequences could be the same as they would be in Texas. For example, if Texas would require you to hold a Class B Exempt license for your rig, but you have only a regular Class C license, you could be cited for driving without a license in any of the 14 states with special licensing requirements.

How To Upgrade Your License Class in Texas

If you need a Class A or B Exempt license in Texas, upgrading is a two-step process: first, submit an application and pass a knowledge test on a computer, then take a skills (driving) test. Again, contrary to what many believe, these tests are not particularly difficult, and you don’t need to be a driver with 18-wheeler wrangling skills to pass them.

Application & Knowledge Test

You can apply for the Class A or B Exempt license and take the knowledge test at any Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver License Office in the state. You don’t need to take the knowledge test at the same location where you take the skills (driving) test.

When you go to take the knowledge test, bring with you:

When you arrive at the DPS office, you’ll give the forms and your current driver license to the DPS representative. Then, you will take a test for visual acuity and colorblindness, and your new photograph will be taken. You will provide your thumbprints and pay the $11 fee. Finally, the agent will set up a computer in the testing area for you to take the knowledge test.

Everyone must take the “Texas Commercial Rules Test” knowledge test (formerly known as the “Texas CDL Special Requirements Test” or the “Texas CVO Knowledge Test”). You do not have to take the CDL General Knowledge Test, nor do you have to take the CDL Air Brakes Test, even if your rig has air brakes. In addition, if your rig is a combination–for example, a truck towing a trailer–you’ll also be asked to take the Texas CDL Combinations Test. (Because many DPS offices don’t do non-CDL tests very often, you may find that some of the staff are confused as to what tests you actually need to take.)

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The Texas Commercial Rules Test covers the material found in Section 14 of the Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Handbook, while the Combinations Test covers the material found in Section 6. (Personally, though, I think every RVer should read Section 2 of theHandbook,plus Section 5 if your rig has air brakes. Eventhough these are not on the test, they contain a lot of valuable information that will help you be a safer driver.)

There are 20 questions on each of the knowledge tests, and you must answer at least 14 questions correctly to pass. Although you’re given up to eight hours to complete each test, if you’ve studied, it should take you only 15 to 30 minutes. You may not have or consult any written material during the test, nor can you use your cell phone.

Several websites offer practice exams for the Commercial Rules (formerly “Special Requirements”) Test and the Combination Vehicles Test. Just search for “Texas CDL practice tests”. Don’t waste your time on practice tests for the CDL General Knowledge Test, because that is not the test you’re taking. It’s important to make sure your practice test is for the “special requirements” or “commercial rules” test.

Scheduling and preparing for the Skills (Driving) Test

Once you’ve passed the knowledge test, you’re ready to move on to the skills (driving) test. You must pass the skills test within 90 days from when you paid the application fee. If you don’t, you’ll be required to start the application process over.

After you pass the knowledge test, you can register for the driving test in the Texas DPS appointment scheduling system. You’ll log in with your driver license number (if you already have a Texas license), date of birth, and last four digits of your Social Security number. Once logged in, go to theRoad Skillssection andclick the “RV” button, and fill out the requested information to book your appointment. (Unlike the knowledge test that you can take at any DPS office in the state, only certain DPS offices administer the skills test.) The system will then show you available dates and times for your test and allow you to book an appointment. Within the appointment scheduling system, you can also cancel and reschedule appointments and check for, and change to, better dates and times when they become available and search other offices for better appointments.

Before you take the skills test, you’ll need to complete the new Impact Texas Drivers (ITD) Program, a free online video course about the dangers of distracted driving. Upon completing the ITD Program, you’ll be issued a certificate of completion. You must take your skills test within 90 days of completing the ITD Program. (You do not, however, need to comply with the Federal “Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)” requirements; these apply only to CDL applicants.)

You should drive your own rig for the skills test. If you have a motorhome and you usually tow a vehicle (“toad” or “dinghy”) behind it, you are required to bring it for the test only in the unusual situation where the combination of vehicles bumps you into a higher licensing class. In this case, you would need to bring your toad connected for towing but be sure to tell the examiner if your combination can’t be safely backed up because of the risk of damaging the toad.

So, how can you legally drive your rig to the test without the proper license? Unofficially, at least, this is simply not an issue. One person who asked was told by the DPS office, “We are licensing, not enforcement.” With so many RVers unaware of the Class-A/B licensing requirements, the DPS staff is likely to be appreciative that you are trying to take appropriate measures.

In addition to your rig, also bring your:

  • current Texas driver license
  • eyeglasses or contacts, if you’re required to wear them for driving
  • proof of current liability insurance
  • most recent registration receipt (with a current registration sticker on each vehicle)
  • most recent safety inspection report for each vehicle

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Beginning of the Skills Test


You’ll be relieved to know that the skills test is not the same as the rigorous CDL test described in the Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Handbook. Instead, it’s more similar to the test you took when you first obtained your driver license for a passenger car, except that you’re now driving your RV.

The examiner will review your documents and then inspect your vehicle to ensure each of the following mechanisms are working properly:

  • headlights
  • front turn signals and emergency flashers
  • taillights
  • brake lights
  • rear turn signals and emergency flashers
  • horn

If any of this equipment is not working properly, or if you’re missing current license plates (front and rear, both physically mounted to the vehicle), windshield wipers, rearview mirrors or safety belts, your vehicle is not legal to drive. You will receive a courtesy warning and not be allowed to take the driving test. For this reason, check all these items yourself before going to take your test. Unlike a commercial vehicle, you are not required to have emergency equipment on board, such as a fire extinguisher or reflector triangles.

Next, the examiner will get into the front passenger seat with you. No one else (including your spouse) is permitted to ride along. The examiner will grade you on four areas:

  • vehicle control
  • observation (including turning your head to look in your mirrors and blind spots)
  • positioning your vehicle in the driving lane
  • signaling turns

He or she will also remind you that you are responsible for the control and safe operation of your vehicle, and that if you cause an accident or break any laws, you will fail the test. This is the time to ask questions, as conversation is not permitted during the test itself.

“Off-street” Portion of the Skills Test

The skills test is administered in a single phase, and you must score at least 70 points to pass. Because the parking maneuvers are part of this single phase, you can pass the test even if you fail your “off-street” maneuver–something that is not possible for a CDL applicant.

The first part of the actual test is the “off-street” portion, during which you’ll be asked to perform one of the following maneuvers in a course marked with orange cones in a parking lot:

  • Straight-line backing: back up approximately 60 feet in a straight line between two rows of cones without touching or crossing over them.
  • Offset backing: back into a space that is to the left or right rear of your vehicle. You will drive straight forward to a point that the examiner designates. From that position you must back the vehicle into the opposite lane until the front of your vehicle has passed the first set of cones without striking the boundary cones.
  • Parallel parking: You will drive past the entrance to the parallel parking space with your vehicle parallel to the parking area, and then back into the space without crossing front, side or rear boundaries marked by cones. You are required to maneuver your entire vehicle completely into the space without hitting the curb or side boundary.

Each of these maneuvers is explained in Section 12 of the Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Handbook.

You are not allowed to use an outside helper or “spotter.” And, unlike on the CDL test, you are not allowed to exit your vehicle to check its position. Instead, you must use your mirrors. You are allowed to pull forward to clear an encroachment or get a better position, although if you do this excessively, expect a points deduction.

“On-street” Portion of the Skills Test

After the “off-street” portion of the test, the examiner will direct you to an adjacent road. You will be instructed to turn left or right when needed and told when to change lanes. The directions are specific, so listen carefully. Many directions will be preceded by, “when it’s safe to do so…”, as a reminder that you are responsible for safe operation. You’ll drive around secondary and neighborhood roads mostly, but a highway might also be included.

You’re graded on control, observation, positioning and signaling in each of the following maneuvers:

  • starting
  • stopping
  • changing lanes
  • merging into traffic
  • use of lanes
  • yielding right of way where required
  • approaching corners
  • traffic signals and signs
  • left and right turns (at least three of each)

Be sure to come to a complete stop at intersections with the front of your vehicle behind the heavy white line. Then, if needed, pull forward to see into the intersection. Also, be sure to observe applicable speed limits, but don’t drive too slowly. This can also cause a points deduction. Finally, check your position in your lane frequently, using your wide-angle mirrors. The examiner will be watching this closely.

Congratulations - You Passed!

Start to finish, the skills test will last about 20 to 30 minutes. At completion, the examiner will summarize your performance, tell you if you passed and give you a copy of the test results. If you passed, the examiner will collect your driver license and ask you to wait inside for a few minutes, after which he or she will return your license with the top cut off, along with a temporary license printout. You must carry both licenses with you when driving until you receive your replacement plastic license in the mail about 2-3 weeks later.

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License Expiration and Renewal in Texas for RVers

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A Texas Class A or B Exempt driver license is valid for eight years, just like a Class C license. However, upgrading from a Texas Class C license to a Class A or B Exempt license does not reset your existing license renewal date, so your initial Class A or B license will have the same renewal date as your old Class C license.

Unlike Class C licenses, a Class A or B Exempt license must be renewed in person at a DPS office unless you are outside the state and can meet the eligibility requirements for out-of-state renewal by mail. Because you can renew your license anytime within the one-year period before it expires and keep the same expiration date, if you are visiting Texas anytime during this period, the easiest way to renew is to walk into a DPS office and take care of it in person.

If you can’t get back to Texas during your renewal window, you can find the entire list of eligibility requirements to renew by mail in theOut-of-State/Out-of-Country Renewal Packet. It’s a long list, but the major requirements are:

  • You are a US citizen domiciled in Texas,
  • Your existing license expires in less than one year and has not been expired for more than two years,
  • You are less than 79 years old, and
  • Your vision, physical, or mental condition have not changed in a way that affects your ability to operate a motor vehicle.

If you’re eligible, the specific requirements to renew by mail are explained on theOut-of-State Renewal or Replacementpage of the Texas DPS website and in theOut-of-State/Out-of-Country Renewal Packet.Basically, most applicants will need to complete and submit the following:

  • Out of State/Country Application (Form DL-16)
  • Copies of two acceptable documents from different companies or agencies containing your name and Texas address, OR a notarizedTexas Residency Affidavit(Form DL-5)
  • Eye Specialist Examination(Form DL-63), including results of a vision test conducted by an eye specialist or authorized driver license personnel from another jurisdiction
  • Texas Class A or B Driver License Application, Non-CDL Exempt Vehicles(Form CDL-2), which must be notarized since you will not be signing it in person at a DPS office
  • A check for the required fee ($32.00 as of 2020)

All of the forms listed above except for the Form CDL-2 are contained in theOut-of-State/Out-of-Country Renewal Packet.

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David Goldstein

DAVID GOLDSTEIN, a former attorney and entrepreneur, is now Escapees Hangouts Director with his wife Cheryl. Since 2016, they have lived full time in their 40-foot, fifth-wheel trailer towed by a Ford F-450. Both earned their Texas Class A exempt licenses in 2016. Follow their travels

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What license is required to drive an RV in Texas? ›

For example, most Class A motorhome owners will need only a Class B license, while Class B and most Class C motorhome owners will need only a Class C license. And many owners of large fifth wheel trailers, which don't have an RV “class” at all, will need a Class A license!

What is your permanent address if you live in an RV? ›

What Is RV Domicile? An RV domicile is your legal address where you'll vote, register vehicles, and file taxes. Those who enjoy full-time RV residency will need a domicile, even if they don't plan to spend much time in that state.

What is a Class A or B license in Texas? ›

Class of Non-Commercial Driver License

Class A, B, C, and M driver licenses are issued to individuals who are exempt from obtaining a commercial driver license (CDL) or who are not required to obtain a CDL.

How do I establish residency in Texas RV? ›

Apply in person at any Department of Public Safety office in Texas within 90 days of establishing residency. You will need to complete an application (also available at any driver's license office). Gather documents that verify your identity, citizenship, and Texas residency.

What is the largest RV you can drive without a CDL? ›

If your Class A RV is less than 26,000 pounds and 40 feet in length, you're likely fine to drive with your regular driver's license. However, if your Class A motorhome exceeds that limit, you may need to take an RV safety course or get a CDL to operate it on the road.

Can you ride in an RV while driving in Texas? ›

Your state's seat belt laws really determine whether or not you CAN move around while someone else is driving. However, sometimes it's also a matter of whether you SHOULD. Per Texas RV seat belt laws, passengers over the age of 18 are free to move about the cabin.

How do I claim my RV as primary residence? ›

Declaring your main home

Your main home is the one where you ordinarily live most of the year. This can be a boat or RV even if it doesn't have a permanent location. As long as it contains the required facilities, you can claim it as your main home on your taxes.

How do I get an address for a full time RVER? ›

Use an RV Mail Forwarding Service

Another way to receive mail while RVing is to use a professional RV mail forwarding service. These services provide a physical street address to ship mail and packages to. This is ideal for full-time RVers who need a physical address to establish residency for their mail.

How does mail work if you live in an RV? ›

Thankfully, there are ways to receive mail when RVing and they are very simple. The first is using USPS General Delivery. This is a free service as long as the package is being shipped USPS. They will not accept a Fedex or UPS package and if they do they will likely charge you a large holding fee.

What does restriction P mean on a Texas drivers license? ›

Authorizes the transportation of hazardous material (CDL only) N. Authorizes the operation of a tank vehicle (CDL or CLP) P. Authorizes the operation of a vehicle transporting passengers (CDL or CLP)

What is the difference between Class A and B DL? ›

A class A license is considered the “universal” CDL, providing the opportunity to drive multiple types of commercial trucks and tractor trailers. A class B license also allows operation of different types vehicles such as straight trucks and dump trucks, but it is more limiting than a class A CDL.

What is the difference between a Class A and Class C license in Texas? ›

Class C – the standard driver's license in Texas that allows you to operate regular, non-commercial passenger cars and trucks that do not exceed a weight limit of 26,001 lbs. Non-commercial Class A – allows you to operate vehicles that exceed 26,001 lbs. with towed vehicles that exceed 10,000 lbs.

Is it illegal to live in an RV full time in Texas? ›

Can You Live in an RV in Texas? The quick answer is yes, as long as your RV is registered in Texas, your driver's license is from Texas, and the property is zoned for residential living, you can legally live in an RV.

How long do you have to live in Texas to be a resident for taxes? ›

To qualify as a Texas resident, an individual must 1) reside in Texas for one year prior to enrollment and 2) establish a domicile in Texas prior to enrollment.

How long must you live in the state to establish residency in Texas? ›

To establish domicile, you or your parent(s) must meet the following criteria: Live in Texas for 12 consecutive months; and.

How much weight can you pull without a CDL in Texas? ›

The Federal government requires a Class-A CDL to drive any combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more. This includes a towed vehicle heavier than 10,000 pounds.

What is a Class A RV? ›

Class A motorhomes are the most massive coaches on the market and they run the gamut as far as extravagance goes. Ranging in size from 26 to 45 feet, they are built on a single chassis that may have more than two axles — heavier coaches will have three axles in total.

What is the largest RV allowed on the road? ›

The largest RV you can purchase are Class A motorhomes that top out around 45 feet in length. Many states have statutes that limit the maximum length to 45' or less, along with speed limitations. RV owners should always check with their state to ensure their purchase is compliant.

Can passengers drink alcohol in an RV in Texas? ›

Motorhomes also represent an exception to the rules. The living space of an RV, motorhome, or travel trailer is not designated as a passenger area, so it is legal to have an open container there. If you parked your RV for the night and had a beer inside, you would not violate the open container law.

Do RVs have to stop at weigh stations in Texas? ›

The most common question RV owners have in regards to weigh stations is whether or not they are required to stop at them or not. In almost every case, the answer is no.

Can you drink in the back of an RV in Texas? ›

Texas law prohibits open alcohol containers in any seating area of a vehicle or, be it the driver's, passenger or back seat. Legally, any opened containers must be placed in a secure location such as a locked glove compartment or the vehicle's trunk.

Does the IRS consider an RV a second home? ›

Loan or Mortgage Interest Deduction

That means your RV could likely qualify as a main home or a second home and you may be able to deduct the annual interest paid on a loan or mortgage as long as your motorhome contains a bed, bathroom, and kitchen.

What credit score do you need for an RV loan? ›

In order to qualify for the best RV loan rates, you should aim for a credit score of around 700 or higher. Of course, there are many lenders that also offer RV loans to those with bad credit.

Can you homestead an RV in Texas? ›

A travel trailer that has been permanently attached tothe land may be treated as real property. If used as the owner's primary residence, such a trailer may qualify for exemptions and other tax relief applicable to residence homesteads.

Does getting mail at an address establish residency? ›

Receiving mail at an address doesn't establish legal residency there.

Can you buy a lot and live in an RV? ›

Let's get right into it: Is it legal to live in an RV on land you own? The short answer is: Yes, as long as you live in the right place. The primary factor to consider is your jurisdiction's zoning codes. Most cities have rules that require all places of residence (RVs included) to follow the same ordinances.

What is a full-time RVER? ›

Full-time RV traveling is a style of RVing where you are traveling full-time, although this doesn't mean every day. Some full-time traveling RVers choose to stay a few weeks to a few months in one spot. The main difference from stationary RVers is that full-time traveling RVers aren't permanently bound to one spot.

Can a PO box be a permanent address? ›

Can I Use a PO Box as a Legal Address? In short, no. You only get a number when you rent a PO box. However, acquiring a UPS street address and mailbox will allow you to use it as your legal address.

How can I get mail without an address? ›

General Delivery is a mail service for those without a permanent address, often used as a temporary mailing address. General Delivery is intended to be used for: Post Office™ locations without city carrier delivery service.

Can you get a job if you live in an RV? ›

Many RV travelers take workamping jobs to supplement their income, work in a retail store, run a campsite office, landscape, or manage campground staff. Temporary RV campground jobs are a great way to save money on your stops and give you the chance to meet new people!

What is the DL code B? ›

Cars and light trucks are classified under B. There are even more vehicle categories under that, which indicate the types of cars and motorcycles each DL Code holder is allowed to drive (e.g., M1, M2, N1, etc.).

How much is a restricted license in Texas? ›

Driver License Fees:
License type*Fee
Under 18$16
Limited term driver license For temporary visitors to the US$33
Occupational driver license
New or renewal$10 per year
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How do I get a restricted license in Texas? ›

An occupational driver's license is a special restricted license that lets you drive a non-commercial vehicle for work, school or to perform essential household duties. To get an occupational driver's license you must first get a court order that authorizes the Texas Department of Public Safety to issue the license.

What does Class D mean? ›

The most common is the passenger (Class D) license, which allows you to legally operate a passenger vehicle, van or small truck.

What is a Class A? ›

Different Types of Commercial Driver's Licenses

Getting a Class A CDL entitles you to operate a combination of vehicles — such as a semi-tractor and trailer — with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more. It also entitles you to haul a trailer that weighs 10,000 pounds or more.

What is a Class B license OK? ›

Class B. A single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more. These vehicles can pull a trailer as long as the GVWR of the trailer is less than 10,001 pounds.

What drives better a Class A or Class C? ›

The conclusion? In general, a smaller Class A is easier and smoother to drive in the long run than a big Class C, once you get used to the steering. So, basically, if you're looking at a Class A and a Class C that are the same length and each has a great floorplan, then it's probably best to go with the Class A.

What is Class M license in Texas? ›

In addition to meeting the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driver license, individuals must apply for a Class M to operate a motorcycle.

What does Class A mean on Texas drivers license? ›

Class A – Permits the holder to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle or vehicles towed exceeds 10,000 pounds.

Do RVs need license plates in Texas? ›

All non-farm trailers operating on public roads require registration, but only certain ones require titling The exact requirements vary by trailer type and weight. This includes a homemade trailer. Trailers with a gross weight of 7,500 lbs. or more must pass an annual safety inspection.

Is Texas an RV friendly state? ›

The best RV-friendly states in America are Florida, Texas, Montana, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, New York , and California. What determines these criteria is their safety and RV-friendly activities.

Does an RV need insurance in Texas? ›

What are Texas' RV insurance requirements? If you have a motorhome in Texas, you need RV insurance with liability coverage that meets or exceeds the limits below (which are the same as Texas car insurance requirements): $30,000 in bodily injury per person. $60,000 in total bodily injury per accident.

Does an RV need a state inspection in Texas? ›

Motor Home & RV

Motor homes and RVs with a gross weight over 4,500 pounds are required to have annual safety inspections. Motor homes in EMISSIONS counties are also required to have the appropriate emissions test performed.

Can you park an RV on the street in Texas? ›

An RV, boat trailer, stock trailer, or other non-motorized vehicle can be parked on an improved surface between a dwelling and a public street if the property is larger than one acre and the vehicle is parked for no more than 72 hours at any one time.

How do I get a weight certificate in Texas? ›

WEIGHT CERTIFICATE From any weighting station – Texas public weigh station or any License and Weight Inspector of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Weight slip must include; the date the weight was taken, the name and address of weigh station, signature of the weigher, the weight must be mechanically printed.

Can you park an RV overnight at a rest area in Texas? ›

Yes. The State of Texas has no rules prohibiting overnight parking at its rest areas. The same is true with picnic areas, and travel information centers. These facilities are open 24 hours a day.

Can you claim an RV on your taxes in Texas? ›

Qualified Homes

The IRS allows taxpayers to write off interest expense on the purchase of a first or second home. The interest on the purchase of an RV, trailer, motor home or camper can be deducted if it meets the definition of a qualified home.

How much does RV insurance cost in Texas? ›

How Much is RV Insurance in Texas? The average Texan pays about $1,400 per year in premiums for RV Insurance. However, like most insurance policies, RV insurance premiums vary widely, in part because RVs themselves are extensive in variety.

Is it legal to live in RV full time Texas? ›

Can You Live in an RV in Texas? The quick answer is yes, as long as your RV is registered in Texas, your driver's license is from Texas, and the property is zoned for residential living, you can legally live in an RV.

Do you have to wear seatbelts in an RV Texas? ›

Texas requires all front and rear passengers to wear a seatbelt and enforcement officers can stop and ticket you at any time for failure to do so. So, if you are from Arizona and are traveling in Texas, can you get a ticket for not wearing a seat belt in the back of the RV? Absolutely!

Do you need a bill of sale for a RV in Texas? ›

Individuals must provide proof of ownership. New trailers must be registered using form VTR-141. Used trailers with a gross weight in excess of 4,000 pounds must have a certificate of title, and used trailers with a weight below or equal to 4,000 pounds must have a Bill of Sale plus the registration receipt.

Can you park an RV in your backyard in Texas? ›

The simple answer is Yes, as long as you have the proper paperwork and amenities. Texas allows you to live in an RV as long as you register it and have a valid license, you can also park your RV in the driveway, just check with the HOA if applicable.


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