We do the Texas State inspection

In the State of Texas, vehicles must pass an official state safety and emissions inspection every year in order to legally drive on state roads.

The annual Texas state vehicle inspection helps to ensure that every car is fit to drive and is meant to keep everyone safe on the road. It’s also an opportunity for drivers to discover and fix any problems they may not have been made aware of otherwise, before they develop into even bigger problems that could lead to costly repair bills, or – even worse – an inoperable car. Lastly, as of 2016, the State of Texas has implemented a “one sticker system,” eliminating the inspection sticker and making the inspection renewal date the same as the annual vehicle registration renewal date. This means that in order to renew your registration every year, you must first pass a state inspection.

What Do You Need?

When you take your car in to get it inspected, you will be required to bring a few things with you. It’s important that you remember to bring these items with you, otherwise, the technician will not legally be allowed to perform the inspection:

  • Proof of Insurance – Any state insurance is acceptable, so long as it’s full coverage. For those with only liability insurance, it will need to be through a Texas provider.
  • Payment – The amount varies depending on the age of the vehicle, the emissions requirements for your vehicle, the county you’re in, and the type of vehicle you have. Different places have different policies regarding the form of payment they’ll accept, as well. The State of Texas requires that you pay the fee, regardless of whether your vehicle passes or fails the inspection. If your car does not pass the inspection, however, you do have 30 days to get it pass-ready – at which point you can return with your paperwork from the initial inspection, and you will not be charged a second time.
  • Driver’s License/Photo ID – This must be current and valid.

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