Inspection stickers are now ancient history

 As of March 1, 2015...no more inspection stickers in Texas!

Travis County Tax Assessor Collector Bruce Elfant is getting the word out about the "Two steps, one sticker" program.

Elfant says from now on, drivers will only need one sticker -- the registration sticker.  And we'll have to get our cars inspected first in order to get it.

"We'll still need to have our cars inspected but we won't get a sticker on the windshield anymore," Elfant said.

Elfant says the point is for drivers to eventually get their cars inspected and registered at the same time.  You'll inspect, then register.
   
But it's going to take about a year to sync everything up because many of us have registration and inspection stickers with different months on them.

"Next year, this time we should all be synced up and you'll be inspecting and registering at the same time," he said.

So during this transition period, as long as your inspection sticker is current, you can register your vehicle when the time comes and not have to go get an inspection.

If your registration and inspections expire the same month, you'll have to go ahead and pass inspection before you can register.

If you're still in the dark, let's use a Fox 7 SUV as an example.
   
There are 2 stickers on the windshield right now.

The registration is due in April but the inspection doesn't expire until August.
   
So next month when we get it registered, since the inspection will still be current, we don't have to get it inspected until NEXT April -- April 2016 -- when the registration expires.

Elfant says this new law is intended to make things more efficient and to crack down on inspection sticker fraud.

"We've had a number of issues here in Travis County.  The Sheriff's and Constables have done a number of stings busting up fraudulent inspection rings.  People who can't get their vehicles past inspection will go pay a certain amount of money to somebody else and that's been spreading throughout the state," he said.

If you still need a little help, you can call the Travis County Tax Office at 512-854-9473
You can also visit:

www.traviscountytax.org
www.twostepsonesticker.com



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