By Nikki Velarde, The Belton Journal
During the 83rd legislative session the House Bill 2305 was passed. As a result, the State of Texas will no longer be issuing inspection stickers. Instead, we will transition to a “Two Steps, One Sticker” vehicle inspection and registration program to begin taking effect March 1, 2015. Once this program takes effect, your registration sticker will serve as a dual proof of both registration as well as inspection.
Here’s what Texans need to keep in mind between March 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016: You will be able renew your registration the same way as always as long as your vehicle has a current, passing inspection. However, if your inspection and registration stickers already expire in the same month, your vehicle will need to pass inspection prior to registration renewal. When you renew your annual registration online, by mail, or in-person at your county tax office, your inspection status will be verified electronically. Remember that a current, passing inspection is required for registration renewal.
For March 1, 2016 and beyond, your inspection and registration will expire at the end of the month indicated on your registration sticker. You will have a convenient 90-day window prior to your expiration date to complete two simple steps: pass vehicle inspection and renew your registration. Registration renewal will still be available online, by mail or in person at your county tax office.
The “Two Steps, One Sticker” program will benefit Texans in several ways. Often times your registration and inspection stickers expire in different months. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to have just one sticker with one expiration date? This would mean less hassle for everyone.
“The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles wants to continue to simplify and automate motor vehicle services for Texans. By aligning your expiration dates, you can take care of these required annual services around the same time with one sticker and be on your way”, said Whitney Brewster, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
Your window will now be less cluttered with multiple stickers, blocking your view. Now, we will just have the familiar blue-bordered registration sticker on the windshield. This also bodes well for safety reasons.
“The Texas Department of Public Safety is committed to keeping vehicles safe on our roadways. And now that vehicle registration will be dependent on a passing inspection, we are hopeful the new single sticker process will increase inspection compliance, which will enhance the safety of our roadways for everyone”, said Steven McCraw, Director at Texas Department of Public Safety.
Passing vehicle inspections will be required in order to renew your registration; therefore, more Texans will comply with the safety and emissions testing laws. The inspection station will still check the same elements that are currently inspected. The only difference is that in lieu of an inspection sticker, you will receive a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR).
“Clean air is one of the primary goals of The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Increased compliance with vehicle emissions testing in designated counties as a result of this program will help protect the public’s health and natural resources”, said Richard A. Hyde, Executive Director at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Not only will this benefit the environment and the safety of others on the road, but it also aids in personal safety in regards to fraud prevention. This new program will all but eliminate the risk of inspection sticker fraud and/or theft.
For additional information on the “Two Steps, One Sticker” program, visit TwoStepsOneSticker.com or txdmv.gov.