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September 1, 2017

All Certified Inspection Stations and Inspectors

Effective September 1, 2017 in order to comply with Senate Bill 1001 and Texas Transportation Code Section 548.052, the safety inspection requirements for trailers have been revised.

Trailers, semitrailers, pole trailers, or mobile homes having an actual gross weight or registered gross weight of 7,500 lbs. or less are exempt from inspection. All other vehicles are unaffected by this change.

January 1, 2017

All Certified Inspection Stations and Inspectors

Beginning January 1, 2017 in order to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 571.108, State Law and Texas Transportation Code Section 547.323, the inspection requirements for stop lamps on motor vehicles has been revised.

When conducting an Annual Safety Inspection, a visual inspection of the Center High Mounted Stop Lamp must be conducted on passenger vehicles, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses less than 80 inches wide with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less. These models must have working center high mounted stop lamps. The High Mounted Stop Lamp is a lamp mounted high and possibly forward of the tail, stop, and rear turn signal lamps intended to give a steady stop warning. Affected vehicle changes are listed below, all other vehicles remain unaffected.

PROCEDURE:

  1. Visually check operation and condition.
  2. Vehicles listed below are affected:

Passenger cars manufactured
1986 – Newer: 3 stop lamps required*
Light trucks/SUVs under 80” wide, manufactured
1994 – Newer: 3 stop lamps required*

* If originally equipped by manufacturer

March 28, 2016

To All Station Owners/Managers/Inspectors

New 90 Day Window for Registration Tool

Beginning March 1, 2016, the 90 day requirement will be enforced for all vehicle owners seeking inspection for registration purposes.  In order to renew registration on time, the owner’s vehicle must pass inspection no earlier than 90 days before their registration expires.

If you would like to validate the inspection being performed is within the 90 day window for registration purposes, please visit Two Steps, One Sticker and click the "When do I inspect?" button on the right hand side of the page.  This tool will be helpful in confirming the customer’s inspection will qualify for their upcoming registration.

You may also view/print the 2016/2017 calendar

Please Print And Give Copy To Manager/Owner

Thank you for your continued participation in the Texas inspection program.

Texas Department of Public Safety


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