'Two Steps, One Sticker' program combines vehicle inspection, registration

'Two Steps, One Sticker' program combines vehicle inspection, registration

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The way you get your vehicle inspection and registration is set to change next month.

Instead of having two separate stickers to show that your vehicle is in compliance with state law, now you'll only need one.

Texas has launched a "Two Steps, One Sticker" promotion to spread the word about this change that will affect almost all vehicle owners across Texas.

Starting March 1, 2015, the state will stop issuing vehicle inspection stickers and change to the new program.

Under the new system, vehicle owners will still need to pass an inspection prior to renewing their registration, but the familiar blue-bordered registration sticker will serve as proof of both.

Whitney Brewster with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles said after receiving an inspection, the status of whether the vehicle passed or failed will be electronically accessible.

"When you renew your annual registration online, by mail or in person, your inspection will be verified electronically," Brewster said.

Lubbock Tax Assessor, Ronnie Keister hosted a news conference Friday to let Lubbock know about the changes.

Keister said although he knows some Lubbock citizens may be worried about the change, he wants to assure everyone that it won't affect their wallets.

"The fees don't change on an inspection, you'll just pay them in a different way," Keister said.

He said the fees will be split in two. The station's fee will be due when you complete your inspection. Then, at the time of registration, both the registration fee and the state's portion of the inspection will be due.

DPS Corporal John Gonzales said this one sticker will allow law enforcement to quickly validate both items.

"This one sticker is just going to be on the windshield. We'll be able to verify two things with that - that your registration is valid and that your vehicle is currently in compliance with the required inspection requirements with the state of Texas," Gonzales said.

If your vehicle's registration is up, Brewster said, but the inspection is still valid, you'll be able to go ahead and register the vehicle to comply with the "two steps one sticker" initiative for 2015.

However, in 2016, there will be a 90-day window to obtain the inspection before the registration expires.

Texas DMV said the new initiative will provide several benefits, such as only having to remember one expiration date, saving money for the state and providing safer and more environmentally sound cars on the road.

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