Skip to comments.Goodbye! Texas to get rid of inspection stickers
Posted on 06/25/2014 7:24:32 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — Come next 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.
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1. Inspection sticker
2. Registration sticker
3. Oil change reminder sticker
4. TX Tag pass
5. Rock Chip
7. Rear view mirror of course
8. Cell phone holder
9. 2 dead bugs from trip to Junction
10. etc. etc.
11. Hunt club ID
Goodbye 13 month inspection sticker.
My next one will only be good for seven months.
12. Rain Sensor
13. Wiper deicer
14. Skeleton of pedestrian I ran over several years ago.
Safety inspections are stupid. Emission tests more so.
Just curious what was in Junction - Hunting?
So glad Florida doesn’t require yearly inspections. Maybe I should have kept quiet and not jinxed myself. I hated having to get it inspected in NJ where they would always fail you for exhaust emissions which seemed like a racket just for the state to make extra $$$$$. Plus waiting at the DMV was insane!
When I lived in TX, that inspection sticker was the biggest rip off. The inspectors were independent operators and the fee was set by the state. Since the fee didn’t cover the trouple the inspector took to perform the inspection, there were always add ons that easily raised the price to more than $100 in 1970s dollars.
The other catch was that the inspection had to be performed before the end of the month that it was due. You could never get an appointment after the 20th.
The safety inspection is statewide. As I recall the emissions test is only required in certain counties.
Pretty much. I forgot I have a parking pass for my office parking lot.
Many counties in Texas require an emmissions test. Cities like Houston, Dallas, even Austin.
So far San Antonio (me lives here) does not require emmissions.
My goal is to never live in a place that requires inspections.
Camping out. South Llano River State Park.
The thousands of Kansas residents who tag their vehicles in Texas to evade Kansas personal property tax will be glad to here that. It will make it easier for them.
Jeeze! That hasn’t been true for decades. Back in the 1980’s the DPS started fining the living crap out of shops that were adding on unnecessary repairs (twenty dollars for adjusting headlights, etc). And since the advent of little quick oil change shops there is never much of a wait to get an inspection done. There is however a tailpipe emissions test if you live in certain counties, so if you have an old car you may be in for a bad day on that account.
Based on the article, I think your current one is good for 19 months (12+7). I think the days of getting inspected in the grace period in the next month after the expiry date are over, though.
Guess you could just buy a new car and then you would have one that was good for two years. /s/
Texas is reportedly going to save several million dollars in printing costs alone. I’m sure they’re going to allocate this money to resources necessary to close the border since the cost for the inspection and license renewal will remain unchanged. /s/
What is really aggravating is to see a car which has a current inspection sticker but a severely cracked windshield, broken taillights and expired license renewal sticker.
The nice thing about going to these places is that there aren't too many things they can recommend that they can also do in the shop. Cuts down on the incentive to require unnecessary repairs.
Imho, these inspection stickers are nothing more than a money making enterprise for the state.
Glad to hear it. It was prevalent in the 1970s-early 1980s.
I live in Benton County, Washington State. I don’t need to get my car inspected at all. The only sticker I have tells me when to change the oil. Beat that, Texas.
You are right though. It was real racket back then. When my college roommate got an inspection at a little shell station, they used a blank sticker and wrote in the month number with a black magic marker. He found a state trooper parked at a convenience store, pulled in next to him, and asked if that was legal. DPS led everyone at that gas station away in handcuffs.
There is no penalty for having a late inspection, even months late.
This change though will make it more inconvenient than ever. No only must we get the physical inspection, but we must make a separate trip annually to the county assessor-collector’s office to pay an additional fee to have the passing inspection placed on a computer record. This will make things less efficient, more cumbersome, and cost more. But inspections have never been about safety any more than schools are about “the children.”
We don't need no stinkin stickers ..."
Imho, these inspection stickers are nothing more than a money making enterprise for the state.
Yeppers. And cops have an eagle eye for the dates on them. If one sticker is expired - BOOM. They pull you over and write you up.
So some counties in Texas have both. Thanks for the info. I am stuck with three $25.00 emission tests every two years. My 2001 SVT Cobra gets driven about 1000 miles per year. Last test showed 0.000 CO emissions. What a waste.
Virginia had twice-a-year “safety” inspections for decades. Many gas stations had a two-tier system: pay $10 and they would conduct the inspection by the book. Pay $20 and they would slap a sticker on the windshield with no inspection. The blatant corruption of the system, plus several academic studies concluding that inspections did not increase auto safety, led to its welcome demise in the 1980s.
So which will dictate when your renewal is? I just did my registration for June (2014) but my current inspection (new truck) runs out next August....
That’s my understanding as well.
“Based on the article, I think your current one is good for 19 months (12+7).”
You can register the next cycle if yours expires but you still have to get inspection on cycle.
To get on the cycle, I will have to be inspected seven months from now. That makes my July 1 inspection (formerly good till Aug 1 2015) now good Feb 2015.
So I take it that new cars that used to have a two year inspection sticker will be cut back to one year. Dealerships used to put the two year inspection sticker on the windshield a few weeks after getting the new cars in stock. Buy a new vehicle six months later and it was only good for 18 months.
Why would they need inspection stickers in Texas...they don’t destroy your car with road salt.
One of the good things Jeb Bush did: got rid of vehicle emissions inspections. This is one of the few instances of a government program being completely shut down, proving that it can be done.
If the vehicle is old enough, 25yo, the emissions requirement goes away and the inspection is only $14. I have 2 - $14 and 2 - $34 stickers.
So you still need an inspection, you just don’t have an extra sticker. The one place that inspected motorcycles nearby had their certification pulled.
Now the nearest is about 45 miles away. I wouldn’t mind but they only inspect during my work hours.
If he did he would have bug splatter on his face. : )
No, but in much of South Texas you see POS cars with bad tires, brakes and almost too dangerous to drive.
The closer to the Mexican border = the more of these beaters there are.
Yes it is. I spent a few years out there. Much nicer to visit than live at. Kinda like Mayberry RFD- anything happens makes the gossip rounds in an hour or less...
Why would they need inspection stickers in Texas...
Money, money, money. But one other thing in the mix is Texas has two different inspection
systems. One in some of the major population centers that measure emissions in order to meet
some Fed guidelines. The other outside these population centers isn’t as strict. This
agreement with the feds was made many years ago.
DPS has scanners that read the Lic/Insp stickers on the windshield as you drive by them.
You sure it was Jeb Bush? I’ve lived in Florida since 1988 and I’ve never had to get my car inspected.
People say Texas is anti big government. B.S. Here I am in southeastern Washington State, supposedly liberal state, no inspection or emissions tests, never have been.
I did not know that.
I do know that the last time I went to HEB with my vehicle registration renewal, I brought in my proof of insurance as required.
Didn’t need it.
Seems that by now the insurance companies are live and online with TXDOT. If you don’t have insurance or if it lapsed - the State knows it. And if thats the case - no renewal sticker for you.
Convenient, right? But actually its just another intrustion by the State to know everything about you.
Now the cops will be able to pull up your safety certification info by scanning a barcode on the registration sticker (they can already verify your insurance status that way).
I'd rather have the old racket.
I’ve never had the rip-off experience, but I’ve always taken my vehicle of choice-a 4x4-to be inspected in a small community, even when I lived in the city-it is much more truck and SUV friendly there. I live in BFE, and take my 4x4 to the same guy who fixes it for inspection, but I believe the fines for that kind of extortion by an inspection station are pretty ruinous now...
Same in NC, when I moved here I found out they have all the info in the system- Insp/Tags/Ins/TAXES!
Not only do you pay sales tax on a vehicle at purchase in NC but they TAX IT AGAIN EVERY YEAR! If you are not current on the taxes no Tags!
If you let your Ins lapse even a few days they fine you a minimum of $50.00.
And they have a “Points system” on your DL too many and you lose your DL.
And to get an NC DL you have to take a written AND driving test no matter if you have a current out of state Lic and/or have been driving for 50 years. No trading a valid one in like Texas.
AND they are still broke in the budget!
I miss Texas;(