When the 83rd Texas legislature recessed, they did so after passing House Bill 2305 which changes the way vehicles in Texas are inspected and registered. Effective March 1, 2015, the State of Texas will no longer issue vehicle inspection stickers. On that date, the “Two Steps, One Sticker” Vehicle Inspection and Registration Process will begin. That means that as a vehicle owner in Texas, you will now have only a state registration sticker posted on your windshield.
This does NOT mean that vehicle inspections are no longer required. Passing a vehicle inspection will be a requirement to renew your vehicle’s registration.
From March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016, your vehicle inspection will be “synched” to the registration month of your vehicle. During this period, most vehicles owners will fall into one of three categories:
Your vehicle’s registration and inspection stickers already expire in the same month and year. What do you need to do? Simply have your vehicle inspected before you renew your vehicle registration, which will reflect in the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database. Your vehicle inspection and registration will then be synched.
Your vehicle’s registration expires before your inspection. What do you need to do? You will renew your vehicle’s registration as usual. Because your inspection has already been linked to your registration in the DMV database, you will need to take no further action. Your inspection and registration are now synched.
Your vehicle’s inspection expires before your registration. What do you need to do? You should have your vehicle inspected as usual by the required date. When your vehicle’s registration becomes due, the vehicle will show a current inspection in the database. Your inspection and registration will then be synched.
For more information on the “Two Steps, One Sticker” Vehicle Inspection and Registration Process, please visit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website here.