Sec. 502.193. PAYMENT BY CHECK DRAWN AGAINST INSUFFICIENT FUNDS. (a) A county assessor-collector who receives from any person a check or draft for payment of a registration fee for a registration year that has not ended that is returned unpaid because of insufficient funds or no funds in the bank or trust company to the credit of the drawer of the check or draft shall certify the fact to the sheriff or a constable or highway patrol officer in the county after attempts to contact the person fail to result in the collection of payment. The certification must be made before the 30th day after the date the check or draft is returned unpaid and:
(1) be under the assessor-collector's official seal;
(2) include the name and address of the person who gave the check or draft;
(3) include the license plate number and make of the vehicle;
(4) be accompanied by the check or draft; and
(5) be accompanied by documentation of any attempt to contact the person and collect payment.
(b) On receiving a complaint under Subsection (a) from the county assessor-collector, the sheriff, constable, or highway patrol officer shall find the person who gave the check or draft, if the person is in the county, and demand immediate redemption of the check or draft from the person. If the person fails or refuses to redeem the check or draft, the sheriff, constable, or highway patrol officer shall:
(1) seize and remove the license plates and registration insignia from the vehicle; and
(2) return the license plates and registration insignia to the county assessor-collector.
Transferred, redesignated and amended from Transportation Code, Section 502.181 by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1296 (H.B. 2357), Sec. 110, eff. January 1, 2012.