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Thousands Trying To Beat Texas Car Registration Deadline

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The car registration waiver during COVID-19 is over.

Video Transcript

DOUG DUNBAR: For the past year, there has been no threat of getting cited for registration expiration on your vehicle. But that changes officially after today. Our Steve Pickett shows us thousands trying to beat this deadline created some pretty long tax office lines.

- I just waited till the last minute.

STEVE PICKETT: You could call it the deadline dance. Outside the North Dallas County tax office, Lakeesha Watt's offers the name for that dance.

LAKEESHA WATTS: Procrastination. That's pretty much it in a nutshell. And I live close by, so I was like, well, I'd rather just go ahead and come into the office and get to knocked out.

STEVE PICKETT: Watts and a few hundred others tried to knock out one item from their must do list earlier this afternoon. Texas vehicle registrations-- those state-issued stickers on the front window-- well, they have an expiration date. For the past year, the governor put a hold on requiring vehicle owners to get cars inspected and registered after declaring a COVID state emergency. The car registration waiver is now over.

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STEVE PICKETT: And the wave of people in both Tarrant and Dallas County tax offices today grew rapidly to register cars before the state begins to enforce the rules again, and start issuing citations and tickets for expired stickers.

JOHN AMES: In January, Dallas County had 400,000 residents that had not renewed their vehicle registration. As of today, we have about 150,000.

STEVE PICKETT: We were told 20,000 people got in these same lines last week to register their cars and trucks. The expectation for this week-- 6,000 to 8,000 people per day will get in these lines. People can also register their vehicles online. And grocery stores like Kroger and Tom Thumb, they also provide the service. But the official registration waiver? It ends at midnight. Steve Pickett, CBS 11 News.