Vehicle Inspection – Mandatory for Safe Driving in Texas

Getting your motor vehicle inspected every year is a responsibility, which must be performed diligently and religiously. For all people who are living in the state of Texas, it is essential to get their motor vehicles registered and then inspected each year, in order to determine its working capacity. Motor vehicles which are not inspected may have certain hidden problems, which might result in unforeseen accidents with dire consequences.
Along with this, all motor vehicle owners are required to submit proof of their financial responsibility. An individual’s motor vehicle’s inspection would only be allowed, if he or she proves that the motor vehicle is, indeed, owned by them. Only then will the owner of the vehicle receive the sticker of inspection, which proves that the vehicle has been inspected and is functioning well.


This sticker, which is obtained after your vehicle has passed the motor vehicle inspection, must be pasted onto the windshield of your car. For people, who have vehicles without windshields, like a motorcycle or a moped, the sticker must be placed near the license plate at the rear end of the vehicle.

Each inspection sticker is valid for a period of one year, after the date of its passing the inspection. If a vehicle was involved in an accident and sent for repair inspection becomes mandatory once the repairs have been completed.

A motor vehicle inspection ensures that your vehicle is functioning properly, so that you may avoid most of the consequences, which occur as a result of an improperly functioning vehicle. Motor vehicles, which are powered through gasoline, are required to pass a safety emission test as well.

In Texas every motor vehicle is required to have certain equipment which must be in excellent working condition, so that your safety is not compromised. In order for your vehicle to be deemed safe and in excellent working condition, you must get the following equipment checked:

  • Brakes
  • Lights
  • Horns
  • Muffler and Exhaust System
  • Safety Glass
  • License Plates
  • Windshield Wiper
  • Rearview Mirror
  • Slow Moving Vehicle Emblem
  • Front Safety Belts
  • Tires
  • Fuel Cap

The requirements for each are different and are thoroughly inspected by the official motor vehicle inspection station. The brake must stop the car, when it is 25 feet apart from any other object, if it is running at a speed of 20 mph. It should also be able to hold the car in position, when the car is parked.

There must be two headlights, taillights, brake lights, one license plate light, two parking lights (one each, on the front and rear end), two reflectors, and turn signals, functioning at optimal level, in your vehicle. The rest of the aforementioned equipment must also be inspected thoroughly and passed by the inspection office, before your vehicle is granted the inspection sticker.

Be a responsible citizen and get your vehicle inspected every year, so that your life, along with the life of your loved ones remains safe.