(TDLR) Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations
Tow Trucks, Operators and
Vehicle Storage Facilities
Have you been towed and need to search for rate information or other data?
Towing companies are required to post their non-consent Tow Fee Schedule with TDLR and it is available online.
Search for the company and rate information using TDLR’s TOOLS Data Search for Tow Companies and Vehicle Storage Facilities.
Statewide Maximum Charges for Private property towing went into effect on September 1, 2010 –
The 2009 Legislature passed HB2571 to amend the Towing and Booting Act. The bill requires TDLR’s Commission to adopt rules to establish the maximum amount that may be charged for private property tows in Texas. The bill also requires the Commission to specify the type and amount of any fee that may be charged in connection with a private property tow, other than the tow fee. After months of review and input from the public and industry, the Towing and Booting Advisory Board made recommendations to TDLR’s Commission. On August 9, 2010, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation established the statewide maximum amounts for private property tows and specified that a drop fee may also be charged. The private property statewide maximum tow charges went into effect on September 1, 2010. A tow company performing private property tows may not charge more than the private property statewide maximum tow amounts on or after that date.
All tow truck operators must be licensed.
There are three different types of tow operator licenses: the Incident Management Tow Operator License, the Private Property Tow Operator License, and The Consent Tow Operator License. Tow truck operators need to choose only one designation. The Incident Management License allows a driver to perform incident management towing, private property towing and consent towing. The Private Property License allows private property towing and consent towing. The Consent Towing License only authorizes consent towing.
Vacancies on Towing, Storage and Booting Advisory Board
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces four vacancies on the Towing, Storage and Booting Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 2308 and Chapter 2303.
The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §85.650 and §86.650.
The purpose of the Towing, Storage and Booting Advisory Board is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and the Department on technical matters relevant to the administration and enforcement of Chapter 2308 and Chapter 2303, including examination content, licensing standards, and continuing education requirements.
The Board is composed of ten members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Board consists of the following members: one representative of a towing company operating in a county with a population of less than one million; one representative of a towing company operating in a county with a population of one million or more; one owner of a vehicle storage facility located in a county with a population of less than one million; one owner of a vehicle storage facility located in a county with a population of one million or more; one parking facility owner; one law enforcement officer from a county with a population of less than one million; one law enforcement officer from a county with a population of one million or more; one representative of property and casualty insurers who write automobile insurance in this state; one representative of a booting company; and one public member.
Members serve terms of six years, with the terms of two or three members, as appropriate, expiring on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.
This announcement is for the positions of one representative of booting company, one law enforcement officer from a county with a population of less than one million, one owner of a vehicle storage facility located in a county with a population of less than one million and one owner of a vehicle storage facility located in a county with a population of less than one million.
Interested persons may download an application.
Applications may also be requested by:
telephone (800) 803-9202
FAX (512) 475-2874
Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview; however, any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant’s expense.
Tow operators wanting the Incident Management or Private Property Tow Operator License must be certified before they may obtain their license.
Applicants for the Consent Towing License do not need to be certified.
Certification may be obtained from
- Towing and Recovery Association of America
- Texas Towing and Storage Association
- Southwest Tow Operators Association
- TOWS (Training of Wrecker Services), or the proctored program from
- WreckMaster, Inc.
Currently these programs are the only acceptable certification programs.
TDLR does not provide certification classes or certifications. Additional certification programs may be approved in the future.
Vehicle Storage Facility (VSF) Release Form Now Required
TDLR revised the release form on September 29, 2010.
The revised version of form VSF011 is available for download (44k PDF).
This version replaces the previous version of the form.
All Vehicle Storage Facilities must immediately begin using this version of form VSF011 when releasing a stored vehicle, when allowing access to the vehicle by an insurance adjuster, or when allowing access by a representative of the owner.
This form replaces Affidavit of Right of Possession (Form VSF009), Notice of Right of Possession for Salvage or Repair (Form VSF 006), Specific Power of Attorney (VSF 007) and the Proof of Loss Claim Form (VSF 008) and Appointment of Authorized Representative for Inspection of Motor Vehicle (VSF 005).
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Additional information about the Enrollment & Service Agreement Application (HERE)