Combined Inspection and Registration Sticker Law Effective March 1

Beginning March 1, 2015, the Texas Two Step will have a whole new meaning.

The "Two Steps, One Sticker" campaign is a joint effort between the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The change is expected to save the state approximately $2.1 million according to Texas DMV Director, Whitney Brewster.

The new inspection and registration process still requires an annual inspection says DPS Sgt. Jason Reyes, who told KSAT news“We’re still doing the inspection process, but we’re taking away the inspection sticker[.]” However, if the vehicle passes inspection, instead of an inspection sticker House Bill 2305 requires the inspector to issue an inspection report. The report is filed electronically and verified at the time of registration.

A copy of the report is also printed and provided to the vehicle's owner as proof of inspection if there is a problem with the electronic record. The inspection is required to have been conducted within 90 days of registration, and the state's portion of the inspection fee will be collected at the time of registration. The total fees are not expected to increase as a result of the change, but a larger portion of the fee will be paid at registration.

After registration, a new sticker is issued replacing the old inspection and registration stickers. According to the TxDMV, the single sticker will reduce clutter, eliminate the risk of sticker fraud and theft, and result in increased inspections and compliance with emissions testing laws.

The period from March 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016 will serve as a sync-up year allowing motorists with a valid inspection sticker to register without requiring another inspection until the following year's registration.

Here is a summary of the new process:

  • Inspection and registration are both still required.
  • Inspection is required within 90 days of registration.
  • An inspection report is issued to the motorist and filed electronically.
  • The inspection report is confirmed at registration.
  • Registration may occur online, by mail, or in person.
  • New registration sticker provides proof of both registration and inspection.

If you have any additional questions regarding the new sticker requirements, these resources can help: