Texas State Inspection Information
While we can’t provide a complete legal description of the state inspection process in a single web page, this page is designed to convey some basic information and answer the most common questions associated with State Inspections. If you don’t find the answer to your questions here, more detailed information is available from the Texas Department of Public Safety web site, or by calling Vehicle Inspection Services at (214) 861-2400.
State Safety Inspection checklist
Emissions Inspection Checklist
Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens If My Vehicle Fails The State Inspection?
Whether your vehicle passes or fails the state inspection, state law requires that you pay the inspection fee. You will have 15 days from the date of the failure to get your car re-inspected at the same location for no charge. You will receive one free re-inspection only. If your vehicle passes, you will be given the sticker at no charge (be sure to save the rejection receipt you received when your vehicle failed). The vehicle will be completely re-inspected. If the vehicle fails a second time, you will have to pay the state fee the next time you try to get it inspected.
Can I Make An Appointment For A State Inspection?
No. We are not allowed to take appointments for state inspections. State Inspections are performed on a first come, first served basis. During certain periods of the month, there may be a lengthy wait for state inspections. Generally, try to avoid the first and last 6 days of the month. Make sure you have a current insurance card to save time. We cannot call your insurance agent or receive faxes of your insurance card.
You must present proof of insurance at the time of inspection during the driving portion of the State Inspection Test, the vehicle will be checked for steering slack or binding ,horn operation , brake stopping distance and parking brake function.