Maneuvering Texas’ New ‘2 Steps, 1 Sticker’ Vehicle Inspection/Registration Policy
Beginning March 1, 2016, the state of Texas has incorporated a new '2 steps, 1 sticker' policy for vehicle inspections and registrations. Hard to understand, but easy to do.
I think most of us have thought: 'Now, what do I do'? So, I documented the process to make it a little easier.
You'll receive a letter saying that your vehicle needs to be inspected before you have your vehicle registration renewed. You will need to take the letter and your vehicle to wherever you prefer that does inspections. Most oil change places or car repair places can perform the inspections for you.
Once your vehicle passes inspection, the place where you have it inspected will give you a receipt for the inspection which you take when you get your vehicle registered.
There are several places around town to get your registration renewed. I usually opt for the vehicle registration office inside City Bank off Marsha Sharp Freeway, located on the access road before you get to Slide Rd. It seems to always be less crowded than the County Tax Accessor's Office or the Department of Transportation.
Once you're issued your registration sticker, you will need to clean the inside of your windshield and apply the sticker. Be sure and clean the windshield on the inside or you'll have heck with the sticker bunching up and coming off. They are expensive and you only get one, so it pays to start with clean surface.
It sounds confusing, but it really isn't and it looks better, aesthetically, to have just the one sticker.