What You Should Know About Texas Vehicle Inspections


Having a vehicle of your own comes with a lot of other responsibilities. From taking your car in for regular service, to taking your car in for annual inspections, to renewing your registration, you need to handle the upkeep of your vehicle. Handling the upkeep of your vehicle is necessary in order to make sure the investment of your car retains its value for resale or trade in, to prevent further costs down the line, to make sure that your car is safe to drive, and to make sure that your car is legal to drive.

Before renewing your vehicle’s registration

When it comes to renewing your registration, you must keep in mind that to ensure you are able to complete it on time, you must take your vehicle in for an inspection and pass that inspection no less than 90 days before your registration is set to expire. To find out your registration expiry date, you can simply check the sticker on your front windshield. To renew your registration online, you can click here.

Taking your car in for a car inspection and/or emissions test

It is a requirement for all Texas registered vehicles to undergo a safety inspection once a year. Certain vehicles may also require an emissions test. Vehicles that are required to undergo an emissions test are:

  • Vehicles that are registered in the following designated counties: Dallas, Collin, Denton, Collin, Rockwall, Brazoria, fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Ellis, Johnson Kaufman, Parker, Travis. El Paso, and Williamson.
  • Vehicles that operate on gasoline, this therefore excludes diesel powered vehicles as well as motorcycles.
  • Vehicles that are from 2 to 24 years old, or at the expiration of the two-year inspection sticker initially placed

For the annual safety inspection in the state of Texas, the following on a normal passenger vehicle will be checked:

  1. Horn
  2.  Windshield Wipers
  3.  Mirror
  4.  Steering
  5.  Seat Belts
  6.  Brakes
  7. Tires
  8. Wheel Assembly
  9.  Exhaust System
  10.  Exhaust Emission System
  11. Beam Indicator
  12. Tail Lamps
  13. Stop Lamps
  14. License Plate Lamp
  15. Rear, Red Reflectors
  16. Turn Signal Lamps
  17. Head Lamps
  18. Motor, Serial, or Vehicle Identification Number
  19. Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old
  20. Window Tint
  21. The Evidence of Financial Responsibility

What to do before your McKinney car inspection and emissions test

Here at Nortex Lube & Tune, we are a trusted McKinney car shop that can help you save time and money when it comes to having your car inspected and tested. In order to avoid extra costs and spending more time on your tests and inspections, the smartest thing to do is to bring your vehicle in to be checked out by our expert mechanics.

Our skilled technicians will be able to identify any potential issues with your vehicle that would prevent its passing of inspection and fix those problems ahead of time. We pride ourselves in trustworthy and satisfactory service and would love to help you out with your vehicle’s maintenance needs. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.


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