Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-4547 Page: 5 of 7
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Honorable Homer Garrison, Jr., page 5
buy or acquire any title other than a lien in a
motor vehicle registered or licensed in th&s
State without then and there demanding of the
proposed seller the registration receipt and
certificate of title covering the particular
motor vehicle which shall, upon consummation
of the purchase, be transferred upon such form
as may be provided by the Department.
"Sec. 53. Allaales made in violation of
this Act shall be void and no title shall pass
until the provisions of this Act have been com-
In answer to your first inquiry your attention is di-
rected to the fact that the situations you present fall di-
rectly under the provisions of Article 6686, above, in that
they deal solely with situations where a dealer's license or
temporary cardboard numbers using such dealer's number is in-
volved and not with situations where the car in question is
required to be registered as provided in the general regis-
tration statutes. Your questions therefore concern only an
automobile operated under such dealer's number which are ex-
pressly exempted from the provisions of the Gertificatb of
Title Act insofar as this Act definitely excepts such a ve'i-
cle from being registered or licensed in this State, as Sec-
tions 27, 51 and 52 of the Certificate of Title Act use the
language "required to be registered or licensed in this State."
The language of Article 1434, P. C., above, provides
that "no person. . . shall sell . . . any used or second-
hand vehicle required to be registered unless . . . said vehi-
cle .. . has been duly registered . . . for the current year
. while Article 6686, V.A.C.S., provides that a dealer
may issue temporary cardboard numbers which may be used by'a
purchaser for a reasonable length of time not to exceed ten
(10) days. Section 27 of Article 1436-1, P. C., above, con-
tinues the use of dealers license plates in this language,
"except with dealers metal or cardboard license numbers there-
to attached as now provided by law," which exception from reg-
istfttion seems to be continued throughout the remainder of
the Aertificate of Title Act by virtue of the fact that all
other provisions use the language "required to be registered
S. . " A vehicle using a dealer's license or cardboard num-
bers would not be one which is "required to be registered" as
is set out in Artcicle 6686.
It is therefore our. opinion that Article 6686, super-
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-4547, text, 1942; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth261796/m1/5/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.