Ruben P. Gonzalez
El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector

301 Manny Martinez Dr., 1st Floor
El Paso, Texas 79905

Phone (915) 771-2300
Fax (915) 771-2301








  • WHAT'S NEW.....
  • Overview of 2017 Achievements at the El Paso County Tax Collector
    View Document

  • Rebuilt Salvage Vehicle law effective September 11, 2017
  • The El Paso County Tax Office will not accept any title application for “Rebuilt Salvage” supported by a Texas Salvage Title issued on or after September 11, 2017, and the Rebuilt Vehicle Statement (Form VTR-61) indicates no repairs due to a recovered stolen vehicle or a vehicle was damaged exclusively by hail.

  • Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Warns Buyers Beware of Flood-Damaged Vehicles
    Texans urged “Don’t let yourself become the next victim of Hurricane Harvey.”
  • AUSTIN - With an estimated 500,000 to one million cars and trucks ruined in recent floods from Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is urging Texans to do their research before buying a new or used car. While many of these vehicles will go through insurance companies and get marked as flood damaged, there may be tens of thousands of vehicles that are uninsured or are covered by liability only insurance. These are the vehicles that pose the greatest risk to Texans.

    “Too many Texans already get taken advantage of by people selling flooded, salvaged, and rebuilt vehicles as though they were in perfect condition,” said TxDMV Executive Director Whitney Brewster. “Don’t let yourself become the next victim of Hurricane Harvey; do your research.”

    TxDMV uses a national title database under the United States Department of Justice to help stop title fraud and urges consumers to learn how to protect themselves when buying a vehicle. Brewster cautioned, “Don’t let us find a problem after you bought the vehicle. Protect yourself before you buy.”

    TxDMV offers these tips to help detect water damage on a vehicle:

    • Get the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) off the vehicle you want to buy.
    • Do a Title Check and obtain a Vehicle History Report at
    • Have an independent mechanic examine the vehicle.
    • Examine the interior and engine compartment for evidence of water and grime. An extremely clean vehicle might also be a red flag to investigate further.
    • Check for rust on areas of the vehicle that normally do not come in contact with water.
    • Check for issues with electronical components such as door locks, windows, or motorized seats.

    While these inspection suggestions will not detect water damage in every case, they do provide some information to protect consumers from purchasing a vehicle damaged by water, such as a flood. If you are considering purchasing a vehicle that you suspect may have been damaged by water, consider having it inspected by a licensed mechanic.

    Go to TxDMV’s Title Check page. It provides information on obtaining a Vehicle History Report from the only vehicle title database in the nation where all states, insurance carriers, and junk and salvage yards are required by federal law to report. It contains title information on cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorhomes, buses, and big rigs - virtually every titled motor vehicle in the country.

    “When title fraud happens, innocent people are hurt,” Brewster said. “We need everyone to urge their family members, neighbors, friends, and coworkers to do their research and spend a few extra dollars before they buy any vehicle.”

    “Remember,” she added. “Don’t Buy a Wreck. Do a Title Check.”

    For more information:

    • Title Check,
    • Hurricane Harvey Emergency Information,
    • National Motor Vehicle Title Information System,
  • Texas 85th Legislature
    Title and Registration laws in effect as of September 1, 2017
  • Title Modifications
  •  - Travel Trailer (a.k.a. house or camper trailer) size dimensions have been extended to less than 8'6" Wide or 45' Long (excluding the hitch). Any recreational type trailer that exceeds either of these dimensions is not eligible for a title and/or registration.

    - Trailers and semitrailers with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 4,000 lbs. or less and farm trailers and farm semitrailers with a GVW of 34,000 lbs. or less may be titled. However, once these trailers are titled they cannot be changed to non-titled.

    - A vehicle identification number inspection (a.k.a. 68-A VIN Inspection) must accompany all bonded title applications if the motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer does not have a Texas motor vehicle record.

    - Insurance companies must obtain the vehicle title in their name before any subsequent sale or transfer can occur unless they hold a GDN license.

    - The seller in a private-party sale is no longer required to sign the tax statement section on the
  • 130-U Application for Title and/or Registration.
  • Registration Modifications
  • - Vehicle owners who own more than one vehicle will no longer be able to designate matching registration periods.

    - Trailers, semitrailers, and pole trailers with a GVW of 7,500 lbs. or less are now exempt from the annual vehicle safety inspection requirement.

    - Trailers, semitrailers, and pole trailers with a GVW of 4,501 lbs. to 7,500 lbs. will be assessed a new fee of $7.50 to support the Texas Mobility Fund and Clean Air Account.

    - Former Military Vehicles that have not been declared “Off-Highway Use Only” may be eligible for registration provided they meet all the applicable requirements.

    - Issued Internet registration receipts are valid proof of registration for 31 days from the time the renewal was processed online.

    - If an owner did not receive their registration sticker by mail, he/she may be eligible for a replacement insignia (sticker) at no fee as determined by the Tax Assessor-Collector.

    - A disabled person whose parking placard has been seized by law enforcement is now eligible to reapply for a placard.
  • Scofflaw Modifications
  •  - Registration cannot be denied to an individual that has been found indigent by a court with jurisdiction over the offense. A waiver issued by the court will be required to prove that the fine or fee has been resolved.

  • Processing and Handling Fee for Vehicle Registrations,

    Title Transactions, and Renewals

    Effective January 1, 2017, under the Texas administrative code, Rule §217.183, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will collect a processing and handling fee in the amount of $4.75 for each vehicle registration transaction processed by the department, County Tax Assessor-Collector offices, Full Service Contract Offices, and Dealer Deputies.

    If a transaction includes both registration and issuance of a license plate or specialty plate, the fee shall be collected on the registration transaction only. Also, the fee may not be assessed or collected on the following transactions:

    1) A replacement registration sticker/ license plate
    2) A registration transfer
    3) An exempt registration
    4) A vehicle transit permit
    5) A registration correction receipt, duplicate receipt, or inquiry receipt
    6) An inspection fee receipt; or
    7) An exchange of license plate for which no registration fees are collected


    SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

    Under the Texas Family Code, chapter 232, the office of the Attorney General Child Support Division

    will place a vehicle registration hold (Scofflaw) on the motor vehicle record of child support obligators who have gone at least 180 days without making a child support payment. For questions or information regarding your child support case, you may contact the Attorney General Child Support Division at:




  • Have your vehicle inspected during the same month of your vehicle registration or

    a month before, but NO MORE THAN 90 DAYS before the last day of the registration month.

    NOTE: The vehicle must have a PASSING inspection before it can be registered.

    Oct 1st – 31st

    60 – 90 Days

    Nov 1st – 30th

    30 – 60 Days

    Dec 1st – 31st

    0 – 30 Days

    Vehicle inspection two months before the vehicle registration expiration month

    Vehicle Inspection one month before the vehicle registration expiration month

    Vehicle Inspection during the same month as the vehicle registration expiration

         Two Steps. One Sticker. Texas DMV       

  • Two Steps One Sticker Program

    In an effort to prevent fraud and provide less clutter on windshields, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles implemented the Two Step One Sticker Program.  As of March 1, 2015, your vehicle is no longer issued an inspection sticker as your registration sticker serves as proof of inspection and registration. Your vehicle is still required to be inspected not more than 90 days before renewing your vehicle registration. Instead, you are provided with the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) and charged $18.50. Upon renewing your vehicle registration you will need to provide the VIR receipt along with your renewal notice to the County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office and pay the applicable registration fees and the $8.25 State portion fee of the vehicle inspection. 

    As of March 1, 2016, all vehicles will reflect the same expiration date for both the vehicle registration and inspection. Every year thereafter the vehicle inspection must be performed within 90 days before renewing the registration sticker.

    [ View Two Step One Sticker Calendar ]

    To calculate when you need to have your vehicle inspected, click on the following link:, click on the heading to the right

    When Do I Inspect?, and then on “Calculate My Date”

    For duplicate copies of your Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR), you may visit to download and print a copy of the document. 

  • Press Releases & News
  • County Tax Assessor Ruben P. Gonzalez
    Touch Pay Kiosk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    “Innovating new resources for our community”
  • El Paso, TX – November 7, 2016 – Ruben P. Gonzalez County Tax Assessor will hold the official kiosk ribbon cutting ceremony event held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 located at 301 Manny Martinez Dr. El Paso TX, 79905 from 9:30am to 10:30am.
  • As El Paso continues to grow, The County of El Paso is evolving and becoming more innovative by bringing new ideas to serve the citizens of this great community. For the past eighteen months, the County El Paso has been working diligently on the implementation of the TouchPay Kiosk throughout the county in effort to provide convenience to the public when needing to pay their county court fees and continue staying successful in complying with the terms of court. Depending on location, the kiosk will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The kiosks are strategically being placed alongside a tax office. This will allow members of the community, when unable to renew their vehicle registration due to unpaid county court fees reported under Scofflaw, to quickly visit the kiosk, pay the balance on those county fees and return to a deputy tax clerk to complete their vehicle registration process. The Kiosk will prevent members of the community from having to travel to another location to pay their county court fees then return to the Tax Office to continue their vehicle registration process. We are excited to bring this service and technology to our community to better serve our citizens with a quicker service and efficiency.
  • WHO: County Tax Assessor Ruben P. Gonzalez
  • WHAT: El Paso County’s Touch Pay Kiosk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 9:30am - 10:30am
  • County of El Paso Tax Office 301 Manny Martinez Dr. El Paso, TX 79905

  • Posted: February 4, 2016, West Texas County Courier
  • Sir, I have lived in El Paso on 3 different occasions. I still own some property there. Recently I visited the office of the Tax Assessor-Collector, and was pleasantly surprised to see that Ruben Gonzalez, a graduate of Canutillo High School, is the new Tax Assessor-Collector. The customer service and courtesy at the tax office was excellent. I was so impressed that I researched the career of Mr. Gonzalez.
  • I was amazed to find that he had 38 years experience as a motor vehicle administrator. I am sure the automobile owners and car dealers in El Paso appreciate the excellent customer service and expertise that Mr. Gonzalez brings to the area of vehicle registrations and titles. I congratulate the County Commissioners on their selection of Mr. Gonzalez.
  • While living in El Paso I learned Spanish which changed my life in a very positive manner. As a result I was able to serve the Army in several interesting positions in Central and South America, and later help establish an Hispanic Outreach Committee and a television program called “Latinos en Columbus” in Columbus Georgia. Without the help and inspiration of the friendly people in El Paso, Socorro and the other communities in the Lower Valley, that would not have been possible. Every time I return for a visit to El Paso I see significant improvements in the city/county. A progressive and safe area, with people who are still as friendly as when I lived there.
  • Sincerely,
    LTC (Ret) Olin Doss
    Midland, Georgia

  • El Paso County Commissioners Court appoints new tax assessor-collector
  • Posted: 03/09/2015 05:23:36 PM MDT
  • The El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday appointed Ruben Gonzalez, a former regional manager for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, as the new county's tax assessor-collector.

    Gonzalez, from El Paso, was appointed to cover the unexpired term of Victor Flores, who had almost two years left in office, but resigned in February because of health issues.

    "I look forward to meeting the challenges of this office, utilizing my skills and experience to provide the best customer service that El Paso county residents deserve," Gonzalez told Commissioners Court after his appointment.

    Gonzalez retired from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles in 2011 after more than 38 years, he said.

    Gonzalez has 26 years of experience supervising vehicle, title and registration laws, and training and supporting tax assessor-collectors and their staff, said County Judge Veronica Escobar.

    "When we look at a department as large as the tax assessor-collector, from my own perspective, experience in overseeing all those laws and that many people and the operations of that office is really critical," Escobar said. "I know that we have a second in command who has some experience in the office, but Mr. Gonzalez's overall experience was impressive."

    Gonzalez was selected over Frank Ortiz, chief deputy for the county tax assessor-collector, and two other finalists, Juan Sandoval, the city's former tax assessor-collector, and Terry Gutierrez, owner of a private tax-titling office.

    While the other three finalists were very competitive, Escobar said she was impressed with Gonzalez's experience. Gonzalez said he assisted and trained tax assessor-collector offices in Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties.

    Gonzalez said he is familiar with the responsibilities, functions and roles of the county tax assessor-collector.

    Commissioner David Stout, who said he initially advocated for continuity and supported the appointment of Ortiz, on Monday voted to hire Gonzalez and said he knows Gonzalez's experience will be helpful to the county of El Paso.

    Gonzalez will earn $93,222 a year and he will oversee 76 employees, said Betsy Keller, the director for the county's human resources department.

    Among the duties of the county tax assessor-collector are issuing automotive license renewals, registrations, title transfers and the collection of road and bridge fees, alcoholic beverage permits and hotel-motel occupancy taxes.

    Aileen B. Flores may be reached at 546-6362.

  • Designa el Condado recaudador de impuestos
  • Roberto Carrillo El Diario de El Paso | Lunes 09 Marzo 2015 | 22:55 hrs
  • Más de 30 años de experiencia profesional en el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados de Texas constituyeron la clave para que Rubén González fuera nombrado como jefe de la Oficina de Recolección de Impuestos del Condado de El Paso.

    Ayer, la Corte de Comisionados del Condado de El Paso ratificó a González en el puesto, después de que Víctor Flores optara por el retiro tras permanecer en dicho cargo desde 1996.

    ‘La experiencia del señor González es impresionante, por ello es que decidimos elegirlo de entre varios candidatos calificados’, dijo Verónica Escobar, juez del Condado.

    Rubén González es originario de Canutillo, pero desarrolló gran parte de su carrera como gerente regional del Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados de Texas en Odessa, dando servicio y capacitación a los funcionarios de diferentes condados.

    ‘Busco enfrentar los retos de este departamento, utilizando mi experiencia y conocimientos para dar el mejor servicio al cliente como merecen los residentes del Condado de El Paso’, dijo González al darse a conocer su nombramiento en la junta de comisionados.

    En su anterior puesto, González mantuvo fuertes nexos con las oficinas de Departamento de Transporte de Texas, con el Departamento de Policía de El Paso, el Departamento de Seguridad Interna, el Servicio de Aduana de los Estados Unidos, y el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados de Odessa.

    ‘Es cierto que teníamos diferentes candidatos con experiencia, sobre todo el encargado interino de la oficina, pero la experiencia de González fue definitiva al hacer la elección’, dijo la juez Escobar al referirse a Frank Ortiz, quien dirigió la Oficina de Recolección de Impuestos del Condado tras el retiro de Víctor Flores.

    En su cargo como gerente regional, González administró y capacitó al personal de 15 diferentes condados en el manejo de trámites de títulos, registros, permisos provisionales y aplicaciones para vehículos que serían exportados a México.

    González tomará el cargo inmediatamente, y para su nuevo encargo tendrá un sueldo de 93 mil 222 dólares al año.