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June 27, 2014

Auto inspection/registration procedure to change in March

Cooke County — As of March 2015, vehicles registered in Texas will no longer need separate vehicle inspection and registration stickers.

Last year. state lawmakers put an end to the inspection sticker, citing the potential to reduce fraudulent tags and the expectation to save approximately $2.1 million.

However, inspections are not going away. The change will be to issue the two stickers separately. The new registration will require a driver to submit their car for inspection not more than 90 days before they renew.

Cooke County Tax Assessor Collector Billie Jean Knight said the payment for the inspection sticker will be different.

“It will be a two-part payment,” Knight said. “You will pay the inspection station and then bring the paperwork to us and also pay the Tax Assessor Collector’s office.”

According to the Texas Department Department of Motor Vehicles, after passing an inspection, the inspection station will update your electronic inspection record with the results and issue you a paper vehicle inspection report.

When you go to register your vehicle, your inspection will be verified electronically to determine if your vehicle is eligible for registration at that time.

Transitioning to this new process will require every vehicle’s inspection and registration to expire at the same time.

In order to do this in the first year you will be allowed to register your vehicle if your vehicle inspection is valid the day you register.

DMV is working with the Department of Public Safety and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to implement this program, and once program details are finalized, that information will be made available to the public. Additional information about the program can be found at www.txdmv.gov. Then click the “Two Steps, One Sticker” heading from the Motorists tab at the top of the homepage to access the content.

“This is a big impact on customers,” Knight said. “My office will have computer changes, but we plan to provide good customer service as always.”

 

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