AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — As of Sunday, the process to register and inspect your vehicle in Texas has changed, and you can say goodbye to your inspection sticker.
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.
Now, to register your vehicle, you’ll have to get an inspection no more than 90 days before your registration expires.
“The important thing is inspect then register,” said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant. “If your inspection is current, you’ll be able to register. If your inspection isn’t current, you’ll need to get inspected before you can register.”
At Alan’s Vehicle Inspections in North Austin, manager Ben Davis says he’s been busy clearing up some confusion for drivers and answering questions. He says looking at the big picture, this is a good change.
“I think it will be easier. The confusion is the hardest part, getting past that will be hard at first, but once we get past that, we won’t have to order stickers, we won’t have to assemble them or put them on,” Davis said. “Other than that, it’s pretty much the same process, just a little less work I think.”
If your registration expires before your current inspection, you will still be allowed to register during the transition without an extra inspection.
- March 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016: You will be able renew your registration the same way as always as long as your vehicle has a current, passing inspection. However, if your inspection and registration stickers already expire in the same month, your vehicle will need to pass inspection prior to registration renewal. When you renew your annual registration online, by mail, or in-person at your county tax office, your inspection status will be verified electronically. Remember that a current, passing inspection is required for registration renewal. (Source: Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)
- March 1, 2016: Your inspection and registration will expire at the end of the month indicated on your registration sticker. You will have a convenient 90-day window prior to your expiration date to complete two simple steps: pass vehicle inspection and renew your registration. Registration renewal will still be available online, by mail or in person at your county tax office. (Source: Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)
Officials say Texas will save about $2 million with the change, primarily in oversight and sticker costs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.