Texas Vehicle Inspection & Registration Stickers Are Partnering Up!
Frequently Asked Questions
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:
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 Austin INFINITI Service Center, your Austin inspection station.
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:
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.
If you have a current, passing inspection in the database, your local county tax assessor’s office will process your renewal and your new registration sticker will be mailed to you.
If you DO NOT have a current, passing inspection, your renewal will not be processed. Your county will request that you provide verification of inspection.
If you have a current, passing inspection in the database, the clerk will proceed with your renewal. Your 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.