The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is upgrading its computer equipment in the Vidor tax office to help speed motor vehicle transactions.

“We’re pleased about receiving this new equipment to better serve our customers,” said Lynda Gunstream, the Orange County tax assessor-collector.

“Of course anyone who has gone through a computer switch at their work place knows you have to take out the old to install the new and that means we are anticipating some down time when we will not be able to process motor vehicle transactions.”

TxDMV plans to install the Vidor office new equipment on Jan. 9. This is the first equipment upgrade to county tax offices statewide since 2005.

To help the TxDMV with its installation, the Vidor office will be closed from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Jan. 9. The Orange office, located in the Administration building at 123 S. 6th Street, will be open from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm for all tax office business.

“I want to urge our customers to please come in before the installation begins to conduct any urgent business they may have,” Lynda Gunstream said. “Orange County and the TxDMV do not want anyone to face late penalties because of the system upgrade.

Online registration renewal will continue to be available.

To renew on the internet go to, and click “Online Registration Renewal” on the home page.

Gunstream suggests customers call 769-0064 or 882-7971 on Tuesday, Jan. 10, to ensure the installation process went smoothly the day before. “We are not anticipating any problems, but you may want to check that the registration and titling computer system is operating properly before driving to our office,” she added.