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TPWD News Release — Jan. 12, 2004

TPWD Implements New Marine Dealer/Boat Registration Rules

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has begun implementing new Marine Dealer and Boat Registration rules in order to comply with House Bill 2926, passed during the recent legislative session. Some of the new rules address the following issues:

"This legislation provided administrative cleanup and expansion to laws that protect the consumer and provide for the collection of existing fees outlined by law," said Frances Stiles, manager of boat titling and registration at TPWD.

There are a variety of new rules. Some began to be enforced Jan. 1, and some will start on March 1. Following is a breakdown by those dates of some new key rules.

Jan. 1, 2004:

March 1, 2004:

"In the past, we have not had a tool to monitor unethical business practices in the industry — it was a voluntary system but they didn’t have to buy a license if they didn’t want to," said Alfonso Campos, Chief of Marine Enforcement at TPWD. "Effective March 1, a license is required if the business sells five or more boats or outboard motors during a calendar year."

Campos said it’s difficult to estimate how many people were actually doing business as Marine Dealers, since it’s been a voluntary licensing program. There are about 1,700 Marine Dealer’s Licenses issued in Texas.

For more information, call Frances Stiles at (512) 389-4860 or Campos at (512) 389-4624.

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