Get Ready for one less sticker on your windshield.
Using the slogan “Two Steps One Sticker” to introduce the program, the State of Texas, in an effort to simplify motorists’ life and to streamline the current vehicle inspection system is preparing to implement a brand new approach to vehicle inspections.
This approach effectively means that motorists will no longer be able to register a vehicle without first getting a vehicle inspection. This approach will mean one date to remember, improved driver view, safer streets, and cleaner air. Further, the change effectively eliminates the risk of fraud where drivers might otherwise utilize false or stolen inspection stickers (yes, apparently it really happens).
Below is a guide to the details we received from the State
Law Enforcement Guide to House Bill 2305 – “Single Sticker”
HB 2305 passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature requires the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement a single certificate system to replace the current two certificate system to indicate that a vehicle has both passed the compulsory vehicle inspection and been registered. HB-2305 establishes a registration-based system for enforcement of motor vehicle inspection requirements.
Effective March 1, 2015, before a vehicle may be registered or its registration renewed, DMV or a county assessor-collector must verify that the vehicle has passed the required inspection, as indicated in the DPS inspection database. If the database information is not available, the vehicle owner may present a passing Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) issued for the vehicle, in order to complete the registration process. The VIR is not required to be carried for potential display to a peace officer except as noted for commercial vehicles.
Key Elements of HB 2305
Beginning March 1, 2015, stations will no longer issue inspection certificates for a passing inspection. All inspections – pass or fail – will require the issuance a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR), which will be presented to the motorist by the inspection station.
Through the last business day of February 2015, passing inspections will result in an inspection certificate issued to the vehicle.
The price charged by the station for inspections will change as the station will no longer collect the state portion of the fee. There will be no changes to the actual inspection process for any of the classes of vehicles currently requiring an inspection.VI-30 will no longer be issued beginning March 1, 2015, for vehicles previously registered in another state. VIN verification will continue to be part of the inspection process.