The Property Tax Department is open for in-office appointments. Property owners may request an appointment by sending an email to tax.office@hctx.net.

For voter registration information, send an email to voters@hctx.net.

Please review the FAQs below for information on how to handle your Tax Office transactions online, by mail, or by phone.

All Automobile transaction Appointments are being completed by appointment or mail only. Please click on the Automobile Transaction Appointment button below, if you wish to schedule an appointment.

Ann Harris Bennett
Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
Property Taxes, Alcohol Beverage Licenses, Special Inventory Taxes, Hotel Taxes Frequently Asked Questions during Stay at Home Work Safe Order:
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    Q. Where can I pay my property taxes?

    • All payments must be mailed, paid online or made via the telephone. Payments by check or money order should only be sent by mail to:

      Ann Harris Bennett
      Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
      P.O. Box 4622
      Houston, TX 77210-4622
    • Please make your check payable to Ann Harris Bennett and, if possible, enclose the coupon from your tax statement with your payment. You may also print your bill with a payment coupon from our website at www.hctax.net. Please do not send cash.
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    Q. Can I pay my property taxes online?

    • Yes. The Harris County Tax Office accepts full or partial payments of property taxes online 24/7. Property taxpayers may use any combination of credit cards/debit cards/e-Checks for payment. We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit/debit cards.
    • A non-refundable surcharge of 2.35% of the total payment ($1.00 minimum) will be added to each credit card and some debit card transaction. A flat fee of $3.95 is charged for Visa consumer debit cards. E-Checks are free.
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    Q. Can I pay my property taxes by telephone?

    • Yes. The Harris County Tax Office accepts full or partial payment of property taxes by touch-tone phone by calling 713-274-CARD (2273) from any place in the world 24/7. Property taxpayers may also use any combination of credit cards/debit cards/e-Checks for payment. We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit/debit cards.
    • A non-refundable surcharge of 2.35% of the total payment ($1.00 minimum) will be added to each credit card and some debit card transaction. A flat fee of $3.95 is charged for Visa consumer debit cards. E-Checks are free.

Alcoholic Beverage License

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    Q. How can I apply for a Beer and Wine or Liquor licenses?

    • Applications for Beer and Wine licenses are available from the TABC at P.O. Box 13127, Austin, TX 78711. For more information, see TABC website.
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    Q. How can I renew my Beer and Wine or Liquor licenses?

    • In order for the Tax Office to process your license renewal, you must provide payment in the form of a check, cashier’s check or money order.
    • Renewals by mail should be addressed to:

      Ann Harris Bennett
      Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
      Attn: Beer & Wine
      P.O. Box 4663
      Houston, TX 77210-4663

Special Inventory Taxes

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    Q. Where can I pay for my Special Inventory Tax?

    • Payments by check or money order only should be mailed to:

      Ann Harris Bennett
      Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
      P.O. Box 3486
      Houston, TX 77253-3486
    • Please make your check payable to Ann Harris Bennett. Do not mail cash.
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    Q. Where can I file my Special Inventory Tax (Dealer) Forms?

    • The Dealer must file a Monthly Inventory Tax Statement and Declaration to the Harris County Tax Office and Harris County Appraisal District:

      Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office
      P.O. Box 3486
      Houston, TX 77253-3486

      AND

      Harris County Appraisal District
      Dealer Inventory Section
      P.O. Box 922015
      Houston, TX 77292-2015

Hotel Taxes

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    Q. Where can I pay my hotel occupancy taxes?

    • Payments by check or money order only should be mailed to:

      Ann Harris Bennett
      Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
      Attn: Hotel Occupancy Tax
      P.O. Box 3547
      Houston, TX 77253-3547
    • Please make your check payable to Ann Harris Bennett and include your hotel occupancy tax report with your payment. Please do not send cash.
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    Q. Can I pay my hotel occupancy taxes online?

    • Yes. The Tax Office accepts full or partial payments of hotel occupancy taxes online. Hotel occupancy taxpayers may also use any combination of credit cards/debit cards/e-e-Checks for payment. We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit/debit cards.
    • A non-refundable surcharge of 2.35% of the total payment ($1.00 minimum) will be added to each credit card and some debit card transaction. A flat fee of $3.95 is charged for Visa consumer debit cards. E-Checks are free.

Important information regarding vehicle registration during COVID-19 disaster:

  • On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for all Texas counties due to the threat of COVID-19.

    • Abbott issued a statement on March 16, 2020, granting a temporary extension to obtain initial registration, renewal of registration, and renewal of a permanent disabled parking placard.
    • Abbott also granted a temporary extension for an individual with an expired 30-day temporary permit to obtain another permit or Texas registration.
    • Abbott also granted the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles’ (TxDMV) request for a waiver of the time in which to apply for title and the associated delinquent transfer penalty as a result of the Governor’s Disaster Proclamation.
    • The Texas Comptroller’s office is also providing an extension of up to 90 days past the original due date to pay the motor vehicle tax due on these purchases.
    • The Comptroller’s office is authorized to make this extension by Section 111.051(b) of the Texas Tax Code.
    • Late penalties will be assessed as if the last day of the extension is the original due date.

Auto FAQs

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    Q. I’m temporarily in another state, how can I renew my registration?

    • Registrations can be renewed online, if not expired more than 6 months - https://renew.txdmv.gov/Renew/RegistrationRenewalServlet . When asked, select that you are out of state.
    • Renew by mail;
      • Send VTR-270 along with payment in the form of check or money order

        Send all of the documents and fees to:
        Ann Harris Bennett
        Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
        Attn: Renewal Dept.
        P.O. Box 4089
        Houston, Texas 77210-4089
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    Q. I gave my vehicle to a relative that lives in Texas, what do we do now?

    • The new owner would submit the follow to their local tax office:
      • Title – assigned to the new owner (The buyer must also sign to acknowledge the mileage if the vehicle is 10 years old or less.)
      • Form 130-U (Title application)
      • Form 14-317 (Gift Affidavit) This must be completed and notarized.
      • Proof of current liability insurance in the new owner’s name
      • Valid ID (new owner)
      • Fees ($10.00 gift tax, $33.00 title and current registration will transfer to the new owner for $2.50)
    • The previous owner would notify TXDMV that they have sold the vehicle by visiting www.TXDMV.gov and completing the “Vehicle Transfer Notifcation”.
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    Q. I just bought a vehicle from a individual, what do I do now?

    • The new owner would submit the follow to their local tax office through the mail (Once normal operations resume these transactions can be processed in person):
      • Title – assigned to the new owner (The buyer must also sign to acknowledge the mileage if the vehicle is 10 years old or less.)
      • Form 130-U (Title application)
      • Valid ID (new owner)
      • If bought from Out of State, submit an Original, signed Vehicle Inspection Report. To find your nearest inspection station, please visit the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) website : http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/vi/VIactiveStationLocator/default.aspx
      • Fees (sales, $33.00 title and current Texas registration will transfer to the new owner for $2.50/new registration starts at $76.25 depending on weight)
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    Q. I’ve lost / never received my original Texas Title. Can the Harris County Tax Office print another one?

    • Titles are issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TXDMV). Duplicate /Replacement titles are issued through their offices.
      Submit the following through the mail (Once normal operations resume these transactions can be processed in person.):
    • Address for submission indicated on application. Once normal operations resume these transactions can be processed in person.
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    Q. Where can I send mail to the Tax office?

    • Ann Harris Bennett, Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
      P.O. Box 4089
      Houston, Texas 77210-4089


      Overnight
      Ann Harris Bennett, Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
      1001 Preston
      Houston, Texas 77002
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    Q. I just bought a trailer from an individual how can I register it?

    • Trailers with a gross weight of 4,001 must be titled if receiving regular trailer plates.
    • Non-title/no-Vin – if under 4,001 lbs:
      • Form 130-U (Non-Title application) Complete and sign this form. (blank form attached)
      • A certified weight certificate
      • Bill of Sale
      • Valid ID
      • Fees (sales tax, $33.00 title, $62.25 registration plus P&H)
    • Titled or Registered in Texas
      • Form 130-U (Non-Title application) Complete and sign this form. (blank form attached)
      • A certified weight certificate
      • Title/Bill of Sale
      • Valid ID
      • Fees (sales tax, $33.00 title, $62.25 registration plus P&H)
    • Originally Titled/registered out of state or no VIN
      • A VIN must be assigned by TXDMV (2110 East Governors Circle Houston, TX 77092), if the trailer is homemade or does not have a VIN from a manufacturer.
      • Notice of Assigned or Reassigned Identification Number (Form VTR-68-N) issued by TXDMV, if applicable
      • Law Enforcement Identification Number Inspection (Form VTR-68-A), issued by Law Enforcement (Police or Sheriff)
      • Form VTR-141 Trailer Verification Statement completed with the applicable information.
      • Form 130-U (Title application) Complete and sign this form. (Blank form attached)
      • A certified weight certificate
      • Bill of Sale
      • Valid ID
      • Fees (sales tax, $33.00 title, $62.25 registration plus P&H)

Voter Registration

  • Registered voters who need to update their voter registration information, or individuals who would like to register to vote, should visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.tx.us.