POLICE Department

Auto Dealers Detail - Vehicle Immobilization Operator (VIO)

Fees: Initial application, Annual renewal • For fee schedules, go to www.houstoncityfees.org

Vehicle Immobilization Operator (VIO)

  • Criminal background check - A criminal background check is conducted on new owners,  a sole proprietorship, or an authorized person if the applicant is a corporation or a general partnership.  The background check is conducted at aIdentoGOsite. Please refer to the  FastPass Form for instructions.  After completing the background check, call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832-394-4800 between 48 to 72 hours to ensure the criminal history has been obtained.
  • Application for License – Present a fully completed application form.
  • Current Texas  Identification or Government Issued Identification.
  • Current Texas Driver’s License.
  • Current TDLR (Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation) Card or print out from TDLR.
  • Required Fee
  • Automotive Board review - The City of Houston Automotive Board reviews the application for each new wrecker including consideration of the findings of a criminal background check.
  • Notice of an Automotive Board public hearing on the wrecker application is published.
  • Approval or Denial is decided by the Board at the hearing