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Texas State Inspection

Texas State Inspection

Get the full peace of mind and assurance offered by a complete vehicle safety inspection from Santa Ana Auto Repair in less time than you thought possible – it's just one benefit of ours having 100+ years of combined experience.

What is the service?
Texas registered vehicles are required to undergo a comprehensive safety inspection every 12 months. Inspections are first come first serve.

What else should I know about inspections in Texas?
Texas State Inspection Tips

  • An inspection certificate expires on the last day of the designated month. Motorists have until the fifth day of the following month to get the car inspected.
  • Vehicles registered in designated counties are required to undergo an emissions test in addition to the safety inspection. See the full

As of March 1, 2015, your vehicle will no longer be issued an inspection sticker and your registration sticker will serve as combined proof of inspection and registration.

How It Works: Do the Two Step

Ready for “Two Steps, One Sticker?” Follow the moves:

Step 1: From March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016, you may renew your registration if your vehicle has a current, passing inspection. However, if your inspection and registration stickers both expire in the same month your vehicle will need to pass inspection prior to registration renewal.

Step 2: Renew your annual registration online, by mail, or in-person at your county tax office. At the time of registration, your inspection status will be verified electronically. A current, passing inspection is required for registration renewal.

Starting March 1, 2016, you will have a convenient 90-day window to complete both your inspection and registration. Remember, your registration is valid through the last day of the registration expiration month. Find your inspection window with the calculator on the homepage.


While “Two Steps, One Sticker” brings a welcomed change to your windshield, it will not impact your wallet. Your inspection fee is the same, but you will pay it in two steps if your vehicle is inspected on or after March 1, 2015:

  1. The inspection station’s portion of the fee is due at the time of inspection.
  2. The state’s portion of the fee is collected at the time of registration. The state’s portion of the inspection fees will be line-itemed on your registration renewal notice.

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