Texas Inspection Stickers No Longer Required
Texas drivers will enjoy a little better windshield view starting in March 2015 when safety inspections become tied to vehicle registration.
Texas’ inspection sticker — a front-glass fixture for more than half a century — will go away in the process.
The inspection itself is still required. Vehicle owners will have to get one within 90 days before renewing their registration. They will have to provide proof the inspection was passed, just as they now provide proof of insurance.
“It’s actually going to make vehicles safer because they have to have both to get the sticker,” said Lon Craft, director of legislative affairs for the Texas Municipal Police Association, a statewide police officers group.
Those with widely different numbers on their current registration and inspection stickers — 5 (May) and 11 (November), for example — will have to take care of the two needs in a closer time frame. Procrastinators will crowd inspection places at the end of months instead of during the current first-of-the-month grace period.
The trade-off for any confusion is that many will get a grace period of several months during the transition.
For example, if a car owner’s registration expires in May and his inspection tag expires in June, he will not have to get the car inspected until just before his registration is due for renewal in May 2016.