Sec. 502.092. NONRESIDENT-OWNED VEHICLES USED TO TRANSPORT FARM PRODUCTS. (a) The department may issue to a nonresident owner a permit for a truck, truck-tractor, trailer, or semitrailer that:
(1) is registered in the owner's home state or country; and
(2) will be used to transport:
(A) farm products produced in this state from the place of production to a place of market or storage or a railhead that is not more than 75 miles from the place of production;
(B) machinery used to harvest farm products produced in this state; or
(C) farm products produced outside this state from the point of entry into this state to a place of market, storage, or processing or a railhead or seaport that is not more than 80 miles from the point of entry.
(b) The department shall issue a receipt for a permit issued under this section in a manner provided by the department. The permit receipt must contain the information required by this section and be carried in the vehicle for which it is issued at all times during which it is valid. A permit issued under this section is valid until the earlier of:
(1) the date the vehicle's registration in the owner's home state or country expires; or
(2) the 30th day after the date the permit is issued.
(c) A person may obtain a permit under this section by:
(1) applying to the department in a manner prescribed by the department;
(2) paying a fee equal to 1/12 the registration fee prescribed by this chapter for the vehicle;
(3) furnishing satisfactory evidence that the motor vehicle is insured under an insurance policy that complies with Section 601.072 and that is written by:
(A) an insurance company or surety company authorized to write motor vehicle liability insurance in this state; or
(B) with the department's approval, a surplus lines insurer that meets the requirements of Chapter 981, Insurance Code, and rules adopted by the commissioner of insurance under that chapter, if the applicant is unable to obtain insurance from an insurer described by Paragraph (A); and
(4) furnishing evidence that the vehicle has been inspected as required under Chapter 548.
(d) A nonresident owner may not obtain more than three permits under this section during a registration year.
(e) A vehicle for which a permit is issued under this section may not be operated in this state after the permit expires unless the owner:
(1) obtains another temporary permit; or
(2) registers the vehicle under Section 502.253, 502.254, 502.255, or 502.256, as appropriate, for the remainder of the registration year.
(f) A vehicle for which a permit is issued under this section may not be registered under Section 502.433.
(g) A mileage referred to in this section is a state highway mileage.
Transferred, redesignated and amended from Transportation Code, Section 502.355 by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1296 (H.B. 2357), Sec. 95, eff. January 1, 2012.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1135 (H.B. 2741), Sec. 68, eff. September 1, 2013.