The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is implementing paper tags with more security features to help deter law enforcement on counterfeit and fraudulent tags.
It’s the latest in a long line of new security measures implemented in recent months after a series of reports from NBC 5 Investigates exposed a massive fraudulent paper label problem.
Among the changes, the DMV has begun fingerprinting people applying for car dealer licenses, which fixes a major security gap.
In November 2021, an NBC 5 investigation revealed how criminals were taking advantage of weak background checks to pose as licensed car dealers and then issue hundreds of thousands of fraudulent DMV E-Tag System tags.
The TxDMV board chairman said Thursday that he’s pleased with the way employees have responded to the issue over the past year.
“I felt very strongly that this agency needed to change its stance, change its focus. You did it, you answered, we’re in a better position than we were ten months ago. But we can’t stop being vigilant.” And I know we will not do that,” said Charles Baccaris, DMV chairman of the board.
Today, the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice is discussing more potential changes to address tag fraud.
Some lawmakers want metal plates to replace temporary paper tags, and law enforcement officials are also calling for more resources to track down criminals who use fraudulent and counterfeit tags on cars used to commit crimes. Let’s apply
Officer Brandon Tsai was pursuing a driver with a counterfeit paper license plate.