Jasper County Tax Assessor-Collector Bobby Biscamp said on Wednesday that he has been receiving reports that some area law enforcement officers have purportedly been issuing drivers citations for expired registration stickers. Biscamp said that although his office can now issue updated stickers, he said that citations still should not be issued for expired stickers, as per an order from Governor Greg Abbott that is still in effect.
Abbott on March 16th ordered that law enforcement will refrain from issuing citations for expired registration stickers because tax offices across the state were shut down as part of the effort to slow or stop the spread of Coronavirus.
Biscamp provided KJAS News with paperwork that shows that even after that order is lifted and the public is notified by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers will still have another 60 day grace period to obtain updated registration stickers, during which officers cannot issue citations for expired stickers.
Biscamp said that his office is now operating and vehicle owners can now obtain updated registration stickers. However, he said that vehicle owners must either drop their proof of insurance and payment in the form of either a check or money order in his office’s drop box, or mail it in, and the updated sticker will be mailed to you.
However, Biscamp said his office still cannot transfer vehicle titles because that must be done face-to-face.
As for property taxes, Biscamp said property taxes owed must be paid by mailing it in the form of a check or money order.
Meanwhile, Biscamp said that the tax office is having glass sneeze-guards installed by Stewart Glass Company in Jasper, and he said that job is about halfway complete. He said once the protective glass is finished, his office can reopen to the public.