Motor Vehicles

New to Texas? Getting your driver’s license and registration is a two-part process in the state.


First, if you own a car, you need to register your vehicle at the Tax Assessor’s office at the Matagorda County Courthouse. Your vehicle will need to pass an inspection before it can be registered, and you will need to provide proof that you have insurance. As part of your vehicle registration you will also be issued a Texas license plate.

Matagorda County Courthouse
1700 7th Street, Bay City, TX 77414


Once you have registered your vehicle, it’s time to head over to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to get your Texas driver’s license. There are several documents you will need to have with you to apply for a license. You can also review the driving laws in the Texas Driver’s Handbook. In most cases, if you have a current driver’s license from another state you will not be required to take a driving test. If you are a foreign student, non-resident visitor, or moving in from another country, you may have to take a driving test and there is a list of documents you will need in order to apply for a Texas driver’s license.