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In Texas, all vehicles must pass annual safety inspections before each registration renewal. Vehicles in 17 counties must also undergo annual emissions inspections.
In an effort to reduce air pollution in the United States, the Clean Air Act has set air quality standards across the country. As part of its provisions, states are required to test the emissions of their vehicles in dense metro areas.
Beyond federal mandates, each state has instituted laws regarding emissions testing, along with general safety inspections for the good of everyone on the road.
To keep you up-to-date about the rules in your state, the car insurance comparison app Jerry has put together this helpful guide to car inspections in Texas. 

What are the vehicle inspection requirements in Texas?

All vehicles registered in Texas are required to undergo annual safety tests. Additionally, emissions inspections are required for vehicles registered in the following counties:
  • Brazoria County
  • Collin County
  • Dallas County
  • Denton County
  • El Paso County
  • Ellis County
  • Fort Bend County
  • Galveston County
  • Harris County
  • Johnson County
  • Kaufman County
  • Montgomery County
  • Parker County
  • Rockwall County
  • Tarrant County
  • Travis County
  • Williamson County
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Exceptions to the state requirements

Within the designated counties where emissions inspections are required, the following vehicles are exempt:
  • Non-gasoline powered vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Vehicles under two years old
  • Vehicles over 25 years old

Where to get a car inspection in Texas

You can find the nearest station using the inspection station locator on the Texas Department of Public Safety website. Many stations perform both safety inspections and emissions inspections.

How often do you need a car inspection in Texas?

Safety inspections are required every year in Texas. You must complete your inspection before you can renew your registration.

Finding affordable car insurance

Besides getting mandatory car inspections every year, you’re required to purchase certain amounts of car insurance in the Lone Star State. 
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FAQs

You will need to provide your car’s most recent Vehicle Inspection Report when you sell your car in Texas. If you are overdue for an inspection, you will need to take care of this before completing the sale.
The cost of an emissions inspection will vary depending on the type of car you drive and your county of residence. The cost should be no more than $25.50 for most vehicles.

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