Individuals who submit an original or renewal application to be a Texas certified vehicle inspector and meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
For qualified applicants, the Texas certified vehicle inspector application fees for individual original and renewal applications are waived.
Note: This exemption does not waive vehicle inspection fees or vehicle registration fees.
When completing the online inspector original and renewal application, you can designate your military status, resulting in a reduced application fee.
Once you've submitted and paid for the inspector original or renewal application:
In ADDITION to the documents above, depending on the type of military exemption you applied for, you must also submit:
Instructions to submit military documents
If the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) doesn’t match the registration, you may obtain a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) by returning to the inspection station where the inspection was originally performed. The station will need to enter a new inspection record showing the correct VIN. If that is not an option, the vehicle will need to be inspected again to complete the vehicle’s registration renewal.
Vehicles are no longer required to have an inspection sticker on the vehicle’s windshield. The inspection sticker has been replaced by the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR). Keep the VIR handy as it may need to be shown at the time of registration.
Inspection fees have not changed. You now pay the inspection fee in two parts, at the inspection station and at the time of registration. See Cost of Inspection to learn more about the current inspection costs by inspection type.
The inspection fee listed on your registration will not match the state fee listed on your Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR). See Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for more information on Two Steps, One Sticker.
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A violation occurs for Failure to Perform a Complete Inspection and or issue a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR). See Texas Administrative Code 23.62(c)(1)(q).
You cannot continue to inspect if you are unable to produce an inspection report.
If you are using a Vehicle Inspection Connection (VIC) unit, call the Help Desk at (855) 845-0842 for system issues, or the printer manufacturer for printer problems.
If you are using an emissions analyzer, contact the analyzer manufacturer.
After March 1, 2016, you must pass a vehicle inspection within 90 calendar days prior to registration or renewing your vehicle.
For commercial vehicles, you must inspect annually on the anniversary date of your current inspection. There is no grace period, and registration will be completed with your passing inspection at the time of your registration.
Beginning March 1, 2015, you may remove the vehicle inspection windshield sticker when it expires or when the vehicle has passed an annual vehicle inspection. Do not remove the registration sticker, as this serves as proof of registration and inspection. The next inspection date coincides with the vehicle’s registration expiration and will need to be inspected 90 calendar days prior to registration or renewing your vehicle.
If your vehicle is out-of-state and you are unable to complete a Texas vehicle inspection to renew your vehicle’s registration, you will be able to self-certify the vehicle is out-of-state and will be permitted to register. The self-certification process is limited to:
You will be able to renew your registration using self-certification online, by mail or in-person. Please contact your county tax office for more information about their requirements for out-of-state registration renewal. See County Tax Offices to find the contact information for your county of residence.
If you renew your vehicle’s registration using the out-of-state self-certification option, a remark will be placed on your vehicle record indicating an inspection is still due. Once you return to the state, you must complete a Texas vehicle inspection within three days of arrival at your home, duty station or destination. It is very important you keep the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) issued after completing your vehicle’s inspection in case you are stopped by law enforcement before the remark is removed from your vehicle record, which takes about 48 hours. The remark will only be removed upon payment of the state’s portion of the inspection fee and verification of a current, passing inspection.
Present your current, passing Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) to DMV and they will renew your registration.
There is no grace period on inspections. Beginning March 1, 2015, a passing vehicle inspection is required for vehicle registration.
You do not have to pay to get your vehicle re-inspected if it fails inspection. If your vehicle fails the inspection, have the item(s) repaired and take it back to the inspection station that originally performed the inspection within 15 days for a free re-test. If you choose not to take it back to the station that originally performed the inspection or should you present the vehicle after the 15 days, then your vehicle is no longer eligible for the free re-test.
If you have a complaint concerning an inspection station, please use our secure web form to contact DPS. Be sure to have inspection station information, such as station name, station ID (if possible), and inspector. All complaints must be submitted in writing.
Contact NHTSA for federal regulations pertaining to recalls, air bags, vehicle importation and certification, safety defects, child safety seats, and other topics.
Odometer tampering complaints should be addressed to the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division.
To report a smoking vehicle in North Central Texas, visit North Central Texas Regional Smoking Vehicle Program (RSVP) or call #SMOKE (#76653) from your wireless phone or (817) 704-2522.
A motorist who is charged with operating a vehicle without complying with inspection requirements may have the charges dismissed if they meet the requirements under 548.605(e)(1).
State law requires vehicle owners to display two license plates, one at the exterior front and one at the exterior rear of the vehicle. Plates must be securely fastened in the horizontal position of not less than 12 inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom. Texas Administration Code, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, 217.22
DPS does not inspect the license plate specifically, but instead inspects the license plate lamp.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) requires vehicle owners to properly display the registration certificate. Operation of a vehicle without registration insignia is an offense. Additional information on offense and compliance is specified in the Texas Transportation Code, 502.473.
For more information on stop lamps, visit the Inspection Criteria page.
The following Texas counties require emissions testing: Brazoria, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, El Paso, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis and Williamson. A vehicle registered in an affected county may receive a safety inspection at a vehicle inspection station in a non-affected county if:
(1) The vehicle is not a designated vehicle because it has not and will not be primarily operated in an affected county.
a. Company fleet vehicles owned by business entities registered at a central office located in an affected county but operated from branch offices and locations in non-affected counties on a permanent basis.
b. Hunting and recreational vehicles registered to the owner in an affected area, but permanently maintained on a hunting property or vacation home site in a non-affected county.
(2) The vehicle no longer qualifies as a designated vehicle because it will no longer be primarily operated in an affected county. For example, the vehicle registration indicates it is registered in an affected county, but the owner has moved, does not currently reside in, nor will primarily operate the vehicle in an affected county.
(3) The vehicle is registered in an affected county and is primarily operated in a non-affected county, but will not return to an affected county prior to the expiration of the current registration. Under this exception the vehicle will be re-inspected at a vehicle inspection station certified to do vehicle emissions testing immediately upon return to an affected county. Examples of this exception include vehicles operated by students enrolled at learning institutions, vehicles operated by persons during extended vacations, or vehicles operated by persons on extended out-of-county business.
A motorist must complete the vehicle emissions testing exemption process at the time of the vehicle's designated annual vehicle safety inspection.