State Inspection Requirements

You know you should get your car inspected every year, along with registering it with the state of Texas (Check Your Date! Love Your State!), but do you know what your mechanic is actually looking for? A vehicle inspection includes a complete safety check and ensures basic road worthiness.

In case you don’t know what your mechanic is looking for, here are the specific guidelines from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Texas Department of Public Safety lists these 20 point criteria that a passenger car must meet to pass its inspection test.

  1. Horn
  2. Windshield Wipers
  3. Mirror
  4. Steering
  5. Seat Belts
  6. Brakes (system)( Parking- beginning with 1960 models)
  7. Tires
  8. Wheel Assembly
  9. Exhaust System
  10. Exhaust Emission System (beginning with 1968 models)
  11. Beam Indicator (beginning with 1948 models)
  12. Tail Lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  13. Stop Lamps; (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  14. License Plate Lamp (1)
  15. Rear Red Reflectors (2)
  16. Turn Signal Lamps (beginning with 1960 models)
  17. Head Lamps (2)
  18. Motor, Serial, or Vehicle Identification Number
  19. Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old
  20. Window Tint

Once your vehicle has passed inspection you will get a new inspection sticker put on your windshield. If your vehicle does not pass inspection you should have the items repaired and then take it back to the shop where it was previously inspected. You can take it back to the shop for a free re-test within 15 days of the original test date.

Additionally, vehicles in the following counties are required to have their emissions checked every year along with the regular inspection. Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson and El Paso counties.

Counties that require Emissions Testing- per TX Dept. of Public Safety
Counties that require Emissions Testing- per TX Dept. of Public Safety

Our Service Department wanted to remind everyone that there is a 5 day grace period from when your inspection sticker expires! Your sticker will expire at the end of the month and you will have until the 5th of the next month to renew your sticker.

Don’t forget to bring your insurance card with you and try to avoid the first and the last parts of the month, those are the busiest times for inspections!

Visit our Service Department page and book your appointment online. Prefer a more personal touch? Give our guys a call at (972) 408-1989.

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