Sticker Shock: Changes for Texas Drivers

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Texas drivers can expect to see some changes in 2015. Beginning March 1st, they’ll only need one sticker on their windshield.  Driver will still have to get their cars inspected, of course, but inspection and registration will all be rolled into one.

Brandon Lee a store manager with Lang Tire in Amarillo explains that after passing state inspection, drivers will receive one sticker with registration.

“We will still do an inspection to make sure it is road worthy and then we will submit it to the state. You will get a piece of paper that you will take down when you get your registration at that time. It will all be combined into that one sticker. You will no long have a state inspection sticker there will just be a registration sticker on your vehicle” says Lee.

The protocol for inspections will stay the same. But instead of giving you a sticker, they will enter the inspection information on a state database.

“Other than putting a sticker on your windshield everything will still be the same. So we will have to check your tires, your lights, your wipers, everything else to make sure. You will just not receive a sticker”.

Drivers will need to have their inspection completed before they can get their registration done.

“Look at your registration see when it goes out and then plan 90 days ahead or within that window so you can get it all done smoothly,” says Lang.

This change is expected to save Texas about two million dollars in oversight and sticker costs.  Texas lawmakers say it has other benefits, too:

  • Less clutter, better view: With “Two Steps, One Sticker” you will just have the familiar blue-bordered registration sticker in the corner of your windshield.
  • Safer streets, cleaner air: Because a passing vehicle inspection will be a requirement to renew your registration, more Texans will comply with the safety and emissions testing laws. So there will be safer and more environmentally-sound cars on the road.
  • Fraud prevention: With inspection stickers no longer needed under “Two Steps, One Sticker,” this change will eliminate the risk of inspection sticker fraud and theft.

For more information, visit http://twostepsonesticker.com/.

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