Every Texas driver has heard the phrase “Check the date. Love your state” come through their radio at some point in their life. “Check the date. Love your state” refers to the vehicle registration program in Texas, but recently you may have heard something different on the news and radio programs: “Two Steps, One Sticker”.
“Two Steps, One Sticker”: What’s That?
During the 83rd legislative session, House Bill 2305 was passed paving the way for the State of Texas to stop issuing inspection stickers and transition to a one windshield sticker program. Starting on March 1, 2015, your vehicle registration sticker will serve as BOTH your registration and your inspection.
Alright, one less sticker to deal with. What do I need to do?
Step 1: March 1, 2015-February 29, 2016. Renew your registration if your vehicle has a current, passing inspection. If your inspection and registration both expire in the same month, your vehicle will need to pass inspection before the state will issue a new registration sticker.
Step 2: Renew your registration by one of these convenient methods.
- By Mail
- In person at your county tax office
When you go to renew your registration, your inspection status will be verified electronically.
How much is this going to cost me?
Keeping with the two step theme, the inspection fee will be paid out in two steps.
Step 1: Pay the inspection station’s portion of the fee at the time of inspection.
Step 2: Pay the state’s portion of the fee at the time of registration.
You will see a handy breakdown of the fees on your registration renewal notice.
This program sounds pretty simple to us, of course there is a whole list of questions that have come up from our customers. Fortunately, the website twostepsonesticker.com has a very nice FAQ section that should be able to answer any questions that drivers might think of.
Be sure to check out the handy calculator that will tell you if you should have your vehicle inspected before renewing your registration. Just fill in your dates and it tells you what you need to do!
Our service department is more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about this new program. Give them a call or swing by to have your vehicle inspected by our certified technicians.