Texas Vehicle Inspection & Registration Stickers Are Partnering Up!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do the new stickers look like?

The design of the registration sticker is not changing, however, you will no longer have an inspection sticker. The new registration sticker will serve as both your registration and inspection sticker from March 1st, 2015 on.

Why are the stickers merging?

HB 2305 was passed during the 83rd legislative session (2013). This bill eliminated the inspection sticker resulting in a single-sticker system and makes vehicle registration dependent on obtaining a passing vehicle inspection.

Are the requirements changing for the inspection station?

No, the inspection station will check the same elements that have historically been inspected. However, you will receive a vehicle inspection report (VIR) in lieu of an inspection sticker.

Will I need to pay for more than one inspection in a year?

No, you will not have to pay for more than one inspection in a year. During the sync up year from March 1, 2015-February 29, 2016, some vehicle owners will go beyond their 12-month inspection cycle to align the expiration dates for inspection and registration.
For example:
  • Registration sticker expires 3/15
  • Inspection sticker expires 9/15
The owner will be able to renew registration in March 2015 and not have to get the vehicle inspected again until 2016 because the inspection sticker is valid at the time of renewal (inspection sticker expires 9/15).
The following year, before the end of March 2016, both inspection and registration will be due.

What are the 'extra' fees I am seeing on my renewal notice?

On March 1, 2015, vehicle inspection stations no longer collect the state’s portion of the inspection fee. At the time of inspection, you pay only the inspection station’s portion of the fee. The state’s portion of the inspection fee is collected at the time of registration or renewal.

As of March 1, 2015, your vehicle will no longer be issued an inspection sticker and your registration sticker will serve as combined proof of inspection and registration.

How it Works:

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Step 1:


From March 1, 2015, through February 29, 2016, you may renew your registration if your vehicle has a current, passing inspection. However, if your inspection and registration stickers both expire in the same month your vehicle will need to pass inspection prior to registration renewal. Come into First Texas Honda Service Center, your Austin inspection station.

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Step 2:


Renew your annual registration online, by mail, or in-person at your county tax office. At the time of registration, your inspection status will be verified electronically. A current, passing inspection is required for registration renewal.

Starting March 1, 2016, you will have a convenient 90-day window to complete both your inspection and registration. Remember, your registration is valid through the last day of the registration expiration month.

Registration Renewal Process

Here’s a more detailed overview of how renewing your vehicle’s registration will take place after March 1, 2015.

Before issuing your registration renewal notice, TxDMV will check the state inspection records for your last inspection. If your inspection record cannot be found, is expired or failing, you will not receive a registration renewal notice. Instead, TxDMV will send you an Inspection and Registration Notice informing you that no record could be located. The notice will remind you that an inspection must be completed in order to renew your vehicle registration.

Here are more details related to your renewal method choices:

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Online:


If you have a current, passing inspection in the database, you will be able to complete your online renewal and your new registration sticker will be mailed to you.

If you do not have a current, passing inspection in the database and you are unable to certify that the vehicle is out of state, you will need to obtain a passing vehicle inspection or visit your local county tax assessor’s office and present your current vehicle inspection report (VIR) to complete your renewal.

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Mail:


If you have a current, passing inspection in the database, you will be able to complete your online renewal and your new registration sticker will be mailed to you.

If you do not have a current, passing inspection in the database and you are unable to certify that the vehicle is out of state, you will need to obtain a passing vehicle inspection or visit your local county tax assessor’s office and present your current vehicle inspection report (VIR) to complete your renewal.

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In-Person:


If you have a current, passing inspection in the database, the clerk will proceed with your renewal. Inspection will be verified electronically at the time of renewal.

Most inspection records will be available in real time, but there may be instances when the record is not immediately available. If your vehicle passed inspection but the system is unable to electronically verify it, you may present the current, passing VIR you received from the inspection station to the county at the time of renewal. Your inspection will be verified manually, and you will be permitted to renew your vehicle registration.

If you are renewing your registration at a county subcontractor location, such as your local grocery store, they may not accept your VIR as proof of inspection. Each county will determine whether their subcontractors can verify inspection via VIR. If a subcontractor is not permitted to verify via VIR, you will be directed to the county office to complete your renewal.

For more information such as fees, special circumstances, or if you lost your VIR: check out the official two steps one sticker.

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