As a result of the passage of House Bill 2305 during the 83rd legislative session, the State of Texas will stop issuing inspection stickers and transition to a “Two Steps, One Sticker” vehicle inspection and registration program. Beginning March 1, 2015, vehicles will no longer be issued an inspection sticker. Your registration sticker will serve as proof of both registration and inspection.
Pass a vehicle inspection and retain the vehicle inspection report (VIR) issued to you by the station.
Renew your annual registration by mail, online, or in person, and your inspection status will be verified electronically. A passing inspection is required for registration.
Two Step Tips
- Single Expiration Date: Transitioning to “Two Steps, One Sticker” requires every vehicle’s inspection and registration dates to expire at the same time. In order to do this, during the first year you may register your vehicle as long as your vehicle inspection is valid the day you register. However, if your inspection and registration stickers are already aligned and both expire in the same month, your vehicle will need to pass inspection prior to registration renewal.
- 90 Days to Inspect: Beginning March 1, 2016, you will have a convenient 90-day window to complete the Two Steps. In order to register on time, you must have your vehicle inspected within 90 days before your sticker expires.
- Inspection Verification: If your vehicle passed inspection but the system is unable to electronically verify it, simply present your passing vehicle inspection report (VIR), and you will be able to register.
- Inspection Fees: The inspection fees have not changed but where you pay them has. You will now pay the inspection station its portion of the fee at the time of inspection and the state’s portion of the fee will now be collected at the time of registration.
For more information, you can also visit www.TwoStepsOneSticker.com. The website includes a calculator where you can enter your inspection and registration expiration dates and find out exactly what you need to do. The website also has information on how this program works for motor carriers, car dealers, local governments and fleet managers. Please contact us if we can be of any assistance.