You May Need a Plate for That!
License plates ARE REQUIRED for off highway vehicles and golf carts IF THEY ARE PERMITED BY CITY ORDINANCE TO BE DRIVEN IN DESIGNATED ROADWAYS. Only
Neighborhood Electric and Low Speed Vehicles may legally be driven on most roadways (unless specifically prohibited).
Plates may be obtained from
any county tax office at a cost of $14.75 and must be accompanied by a 130U (see form below). PLEASE NOTE - SIMPLY PURCHASING A LICENSE PLATE DOES NOT ENABLE YOU TO DRIVE IT ON TEXAS ROADS! As of 10/5/2020, we have determined the following cities permit off highway vehicles or golf carts (this list will be updated as additional information is obtained):
Bayou Vista - golf carts and OHV
Clear Lake Shores - golf carts; OHV may be considered in future
Galveston - golf carts
Hitchcock - golf carts only
Jamaica Beach - golf carts and OHV
Santa Fe - golf carts only
Texas City - golf carts and OHV
Tiki Island - golf carts only
130U for Golf Cart License Plates for Individuals.pdf
Please note that the Governor’s
COVID-19 disaster declaration remains in effect for motor vehicle titling and
registration thus off ORV and golf cart owners have 60 days from date of declaration
end to comply. Avoid the line and obtain
plates via the mail!
PROPERTY OWNER ALERT!
Both Galveston Central and Harris County Appraisal Districts mailed postcards
with a link to view how much your 2020 taxes could be if local governments
adopt the rates they are proposing. Most governments are now in the process of
adopting rates and all of our entity partner proposed rates have been entered.
For information about the Assessment (calculation) phase please click on the link
above at left "Truth in Taxation". The names, email addresses and telephone numbers
of every elected official, as well as the official contact information for each government
is posted on that page along with the 2020 tax calculations and public hearing notices
when available. Also included below are the public hearing schedules.
PLEASE PARTICIPATE! NOW is the time for you to have the second
greated impact on what your 2020 taxes will be - the first was protesting your
property value! The transparency of property taxation was transformed with
passage of Senate Bill 2 in the 85th Legislative Session. Now it is up to you!
PROPERTY TAX RATE PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE
ALL GALVESTON COUNTY TAX OFFICE PARTNERS HAVE HELD THEIR HEARINGS AND ADOPTED THEIR RATES. PLEASE SEE TRUTH IN TAXATION LINK ABOVE FOR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND GOVERNMENTS THAT COMPLIED WITH SB 2.
The below file includes a five year history of all of the calculated and adopted rates for all Galveston County governments that have properly reported them. This information is provided
as required by Section 26.16 of the Texas Property Tax Code.
Effectively Protest Your Property Value
Classes are over as is the opportunity to protest the value for 2020 unless there is a substantial error on the part of the CAD. Prepare for next year by downloading and
reading the booklet. The spreadsheet posted below is explained in the booklet. It, in combination with the spreadsheet, provides all of the tools needed to effectively
lower your property value.