Texas is losing the inspection tag

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HOUSTON, TX – The state of Texas has found a way to clean up our windshields, by removing the inspection sticker.

Don’t get too excited, you still have to get your cars inspected but as of March 15, 2015, the registration sticker will be the only one required on Texas windshields.

“For decades we have taken our vehicles to one place to get inspections every year, and then we’ve gone to another place to pick up our license plates, and now that’s going to be merged into one process,” according to Mike Sullivan, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector.

So when your car is inspected, that information will be electronically transmitted to the state. Whether you renew the registration at the tax office, grocery store or by mail, the inspection information will already be attached to your vehicle file.

“Well at first it’s going to be a little confusing and people are not going to know what to do,” said Ignacio Alvarado of Steve’s Automotive.

The good news, inspections will cost less, but the difference will be added to the registration fee.

Just remember, the inspection must be done within 90 days of registration renewal.

Another bit of good news for 2015, if the inspection is due after the registration, you won’t have to inspect your car until 2016.

The state estimates saving $2.1 million annually by doing away with the pesky sticker.