Inspector Qualifications and Training

September 4, 2020

Qualifications for a person seeking certification as a certified state inspector:

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must hold a valid driver license to operate a motor vehicle in Texas

  • Must not be currently suspended or revoked in the Texas vehicle inspection program

  • Pass a background check (See 37 TAC §23.5 for more details)

  • Submit an online application

  • Attend a DPS-approved Inspector Training Course

  • Pass a written inspector examination

  • Pass a practical exam, demonstrating proficiency in the Vehicle Inspection process

To become a certified State Vehicle Inspector:

Select your region to find your local DPS Vehicle Inspection Office:

Central Texas

Austin
Austin, TX
(512) 424-7010

San Antonio
DPS Regional 6 HQ Office
6502 S. New Braunfels Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78223
(210) 804-5716

Waco
1617 E Crest Drive
Waco, TX 76705
(254) 759-7136

Greater El Paso

El Paso
615 S. Americas, Bldg. 3
El Paso, TX 79907
(915) 849-4053

Greater Houston

Bryan
2571 North Earl Rudder Freeway
Bryan, TX 77803
(281) 272-1150

Lufkin
2809 S John Redditt Dr
Lufkin, TX 75904
(281) 272-1150

North Houston Rosslyn
11222 N. Houston Rosslyn
Houston, TX 77088
(281) 272-1150

Rosenberg
5505 Ave N
Rosenberg, TX 77471
(281) 412-4552

North Texas / Dallas-Fort Worth

Irving
1613 W. Irving Blvd.
Irving, TX 75061
(214) 861-2400

Plano
830 E. Central Pkwy. #325
Plano, TX 75074
(214) 861-2400

Tyler
4700 University Blvd., Spur 248
Tyler, TX 75707
(214) 861-2400

Rio Grande Valley

Corpus Christi
1922 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX, 78416
(361) 698-5657

Weslaco
2525 N. International Blvd.
Weslaco, TX 78599
(956) 565-7181

South Texas

Laredo
1901 Bob Bullock Loop
Laredo, TX 78043
(361) 698-5657

Del Rio
2012 Veterans Blvd.
Del Rio, TX 78840
(361) 698-5657

West Texas

Abilene
2729 Industrial Blvd.
Abilene, TX 79605
(806) 740-8782

Amarillo
4200 Canyon Drive
Amarillo, TX 79120
(806) 740-8782

Lubbock
1404 Lubbock Business Park Blvd. Suite 100
Lubbock, TX 79403
(806) 740-8782

Midland
2405 S. Loop 250 West
Midland, TX 79703
(432) 498-2170

Fort Stockton
2302 W. Dickinson
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
(432) 498-2170

San Angelo
1600 W. 306 Loop
San Angelo, TX  76904
(432) 498-2170

Wichita Falls
5505 N. Central Expressway
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
(806) 740-8782
 

Contact your local DPS Vehicle Inspection Office to schedule either:

  • Safety inspector’s course,

  • Commercial inspector’s course, or

  • Safety and emissions inspector’s course.

Once the required course curriculum is completed, the applicant will be given a written examination.

Please see the Inspector Study Guide for study and training information

Applicable Fees:

  • Initial inspector license fee: $25

  • Renewal license fee: $25

Inspector renewal period occurs August 31 of even numbered years.