Goodbye! Texas to get rid of inspection stickers

Vehicle inspection stickers will soon phase out in Texas. (Kevin Schwaller)
Vehicle inspection stickers will soon phase out in Texas. (Kevin Schwaller)

AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — Come March, Texas drivers will no longer be required to have an inspection sticker on their windshield.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is getting rid of inspection stickers. You still have to get an inspection, but that inspection will become tied with your registration.

Think of it as a marriage of your registration and your inspection stickers — with that marriage you’ll get one sticker and one anniversary. You won’t have to keep track of two dates.

Starting in March, the inspection stickers stop. You’ll have to get an inspection no more than 90 days before your registration expires — in order to register.

If your registration expires before your current inspection, a DMV spokesperson says you will still be allowed to register during the transition without an additional inspection.

Department of Motor Vehicles Director Whitney Brewster told a Senate panel that separate stickers will no longer be needed for the inspection and auto registration. A single sticker will be proof of both.

An owner must complete the inspection — which includes state vehicle safety and emissions tests — within 90 days of when the registration expires.

Drivers will eventually have to show proof of a valid inspection to renew their vehicle registration.

Officials say Texas will save about $2 million with the change, primarily in oversight and sticker costs.

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