Auto inspection sticker changes


Taylor Bravo

With the new year, there will be a change to vehicle inspections stickers requiring only one.

Meghan Riddle, Staff Reporter

New year. New car registration tags. Beginning on March 1, the state of Texas will have a new auto inspection system. Instead of legally needing two stickers, one for registration and the other for inspection, for each vehicle, Texas will soon become a one sticker state.

“I’m glad to hear that I will only have to get my car inspected once a year without having to worry about taking two trips to get a sticker for both inspection and registration,” junior Jillian Duncan said.

The state claims the change will save approximately $2 million while the cost of all inspections will remain less than $40. When this system goes into effect, people will have to get their car inspected before they can renew their registration.

“I have heard that you will still have to go get your inspection done,” school resource officer Mark Mitchell said. “Basically when you get your car registered, you have to show proof that it has been inspected. It has gotten to the point where you can tell a lot of information from one tiny sticker instead of two. This is new because there is a lot more advanced computer stuff and most documents will be entered electronically through the new system. I have not heard exactly what the policy is going to be, but I do know that it supposed to make the system run smoother as a whole.”

Once this system is put into place, toll tags are the only other stickers that might be needed on a car.

“I think it is a great idea,” senior Danielle Brochu said. “It seems like it is going to be a lot more efficient having only one sticker. It might be safer for me with a small car because I will be able to see more through my windshield if there is one less sticker.”