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Texas Inspection


All gasoline vehicles, 2-24 years old registered in Texas must have an annual inspection and emissions test verifying they meet Texas standards of safety and emissions.  Diesel-powered vehicles and motorcycles are exempt, but still must have annual safety inspections. 


Texans are required to show proof of liability insurance and a photo ID, normally your driver’s license at the time of inspection. In order for us to begin a state inspection we need your current insurance card. You might be surprised how often the insurance card in your glove box is expired. Several times a day we have insurance cards faxed to us from agents for customers. We also have internet and printers if you can print from an online account. Having your current insurance card can also save you from getting an additional ticket if pulled over.


If the check engine light is on there is an emission related issue with your vehicle. Your state inspection will not pass and an oil change will not make the check engine light disappear. We will scan the On Board Diagnostic (OBD) system and help you understand the cause of the problem. We do this free of charge so do not spend money to see if the light is a major problem. Many repairs are minor and not expensive.

Most inspections take less than 30 minutes. Avoid the rush and have your inspection performed during the middle of the month, from the 13th through the 26th.

Within the month of the inspection sticker expiring, you must get the vehicle re-inspected. There is a five-day grace period at the beginning of the following month. If you forget to have your car inspected and you past the grace period, you’re at risk of getting pulled over and getting costly tickets and fines.

We test the emission controls of the vehicle by connecting our inspection machine to your vehicle’s onboard computer. This test informs us of any error codes or computer faults that may affect your vehicle emission system. Once we have the “green light” on all safety and emissions testing, we can issue the vehicle another one-year certificate sticker.

Texas requires that all problems must be fixed within a 15 day period and to have the inspection performed again to prevent any additional fees.

If your car has the “check engine” light, “service engine soon” light, or any other malfunction indicator lights on, it will immediately fail inspection. Because State law states that payment is due whether you pass or fail, we do everything we can to make sure your car meets regulatory standards, before we start your inspection and test.  
We verify and review safety items such as:

  1. Horn
  2. Windshield Wipers
  3. Mirror
  4. Steering
  5. Seat Belts
  6. Brakes System
  7. Parking Brakes,  beginning with 1960 models
  8. Tires
  9. Wheel Assembly
  10. Exhaust System
  11. Exhaust Emission System, beginning with 1968 models
  12. Beam Indicator, beginning with 1948 models
  13. Two Tail Lamps; one if 1959 model or earlier
  14. Two Stop Lamps; one, if 1959 model or earlier
  15. One License Plate Lamp
  16. Two Rear Red Reflectors
  17. Turn Signal Lamps, beginning with 1960 models
  18. Two Head Lamps
  19. Motor, Serial, or Vehicle Identification Number
  20. Window tinting or coating, beginning with 1988 models
  21. Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old.
  22. Serpentine Belt
  23. Emissions

Reasons your vehicle may failed the inspection checklist:

  • Windshield Wipers
  • Parking Brake
  • Headlights
  • License Plate Lamp
  • Brakes

Reasons your vehicle may have failed the emissions test:

  • Catalytic Converter failure,
  • Faulty gas cap,
  • Fuel metering out of specification,
  • Incorrect ignition timing,
  • Inoperative injection system and/or thermostatic air cleaner,
  • Mis-routed vacuum lines, and
  • Faulty Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) System or Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System.

Texas State Vehicle Inspections Fees:

  • ODB Test is $25.50.  The OBD system detects performance of parts that can cause your vehicle not to meet emissions standards.
  • ASM Test is 31.50:  A vehicle emissions test  for vehicles model-year 1995 and older.  The ASM inspection uses a dynamometer (a set of rollers on which a vehicle's tires rest that will simulating actual tailpipe emissions of a vehicle as it is moving and accelerating.  
  • TSI Test is 31.50: A vehicle emission inspection for all wheel drive, those that are too heavey for the Dynamometer, or vehicles.The TSI inspection is an idle inspection comprised of two phases: (1) a high speed inspection at 2,200-2800 revolutions per minute (RPM) and (2) an idle inspection at 350-1,200 RPM.
  • $7.00 for safety only stickers, these apply primarily to diesel vehicles