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TEXAS MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION. The Texas Motor Vehicle Commission regulates manufacturers, distributors, and franchised dealers of new motor vehicles regarding manufacturers' warranties and fraud, unfair practices, discrimination, and other abuses. The commission was established in 1971 to carry out the duties and functions conferred upon it by the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission Code of 1971. Four of the nine members had to be licensed automobile dealers; the members served for overlapping terms of six years. In 1987 the composition of the board changed, reducing the number of board members to six. No member may serve two consecutive full terms nor have any interest in a business that manufactures, distributes, converts, or sells motor vehicles. The commission also has the responsibility of establishing qualifications for licensing dealers, manufacturers, and distributors of new motor vehicles in Texas. The original statute included specific consumer protection responsibilities, such as assisting consumers in resolving problems with new motor vehicle warranty services and repairs. In 1979 the statute further required all new vehicle purchasers to receive notification that complaints about warranty services may be filed with the commission. Such responsibility expanded in 1983 with the enactment of the state "lemon law," protecting consumers purchasing new motor vehicles with defects that cannot be properly repaired. The Texas Motor Vehicle Commission became the Division of Motor Vehicles of the Texas Department of Transportation on September 1, 1992.

Richard Allen Burns

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Handbook of Texas Online, Richard Allen Burns, "Texas Motor Vehicle Commission," accessed December 15, 2017,

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