No Need for Sticker Shock, Registration and Inspection to Combine.

Published 06/24 2014 05:51PM

Updated 06/24 2014 07:02PM

By Jason Puckett

LUBBOCK,TX--- Your car windshield will look different next year. Under new Texas regulations, set to begin in March of 2015, drivers will no longer need to have two separate stickers. Instead, the registration and inspection stickers will be combined into one. It's a move that the state claims could save more than $2,000,000.

Under current rules, inspections and registration act semi-independently. That means car owners can have their inspection due at a separate time from when they have to renew their registration.

The new rules require the inspection to be completed in order for registration to be renewed. Instead of using stickers, the state will use computers to keep track of inspections.

"You will not get a sticker when you do it." Lubbock Tax Collector Ronnie Keister said. "You should should leave with a piece of paper called a vehicle inspection report...It shows the VIN (Vehicle Inspection Number) number and shows that you passed inspection. That's your proof of inspection."

According to Keister, residents will pay the same amount for the whole process as they do currently, but the money will go to different places. 

"It's not a huge change." Keister said. "You'll still take all the same steps you did before. It's just gonna be a matter of paying money to different places and it's gonna look like you're paying more to us even though you're not. You're still paying the same amount. It's just split up a little differently."

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