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    Beginning 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:

    STEP 1:  From March 1, 2015, through February 29, 2016, you may renew your registration if your vehicle has a current, passing inspection. To find your nearest inspection station, please visit the DPS website.

    STEP 2:  Renew your annual registration online, by mail or in person at one of our eight locations.  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 90-day window to complete both your inspection and registration.  Remember, your registration is valid through the last day of the registration expiration month.  You can find your inspection window with a specially designed calculator on the TxDMV website.

     

    Fees:

    Your inspection fee is the same, but you will pay it in two steps if your vehicle is inspected on or after March 1, 2015:

    1.    The inspection station's portion of the fee will be due at the time of inspection.

    2.    The state's portion of the fee will be collected at the time of registration.  The state's portion of the inspection fees will be line-itemed on your registration renewal notice.

     

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    Registration Renewal Process:

    After March 2, 2015, TxDMV will check the state inspection records for your last inspection before issuing a registration renewal notice.

    • 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.
    • If an inspection record is found, a registration renewal notice will be mailed to you.

    Once you receive a registration renewal notice, you may choose one of the renewal methods below:

    Online:  You will be able to renew your online renewal and your new registration sticker will be mailed to you.

    By Mail:  You may mail your registration renewal notice, proof of insurance and verification of inspection to the address on your registration renewal notice.

    In Person:  You may come in to any of our eight locations to renew your registration in person.  Bring your proof of insurance, registration renewal notice if you have it, and an acceptable form of ID.  Your inspection will be verified electronically. Please note:  most inspection records will be available in real time, but there may be instances when the record is not immediately available.  You may present the current, passing Vehicle Inspection Report you received from the inspection station at the time of renewal.  The report will be verified manually and you will be permitted to renew your vehicle registration.

    In Person at Grocery Stores:  You may renew your registration if you received your renewal notice.  You must present the current, passing Vehicle Inspection Report you received from the inspection station at the time of renewal.

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE TxDMV Website.