Inspection & Registration Guide for New Texans

Unfortunately, Texas does not recognize out-of-state inspections or smog checks. You have to inspect your vehicle and have it pass the Texas vehicle safety and emissions tests. The good news is that you will get to do the Texas Two Step too, but with a couple of twists and extra moves. Don’t you worry. We are here to guide you through it all and help you feel right at home here in Katy, Texas as quickly as possible.

Ready to become a registered Texan?

Step 1 
Get your vehicle inspected!
We are sorry to inform you, but you have just 30 days from the day you moved here to inspect and register your car.

Requirement: Provide valid proof of car insurance, either a paper or electronic card.
Twist: You may have to change your car’s insurance policy before you can get your car inspected. Texas only requires you to have liability insurance but your policy must have a minimum coverage of $30,000 for each injured person, $60,000 for injuries per incident and $25,000 for property damage.
Process: We will perform the required safety and emission inspections and issue you a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR). It is important that you keep this report because you will have to present it when registering your vehicle. The inspection process takes about 30 minutes and you don’t need to make an appointment.

Get directions to our shop and stop on by at your convenience.

Note : Most of our out of state customers fail the Vehicle Inspection due to the car window tint being too dark. The requirement is that the front driver’s and passenger’s windows have to allow a minimum of 25% light transmission.
If you suspect that your front two windows are tinted too dark, bring your car to us and we can either remove the tint or replace it with new tint that meets the Texas light transmission requirements. For more information on window tint regulations and exemptions please visit the DPS website.

Step 2 
Get your vehicle registered!
Besides getting your 2-in-1 sticker you will also get a set of shiny, new Texas license plates.

Requirement: A passed vehicle inspection performed within the past 30 days.
Twist: You can only register your car in person at a Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector Office.
Process: You will need to provide the following:

  • Proof of insurance (that meets minimum Texas coverage requirements).
  • Proof of vehicle inspection (the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) that we provide you)
  • Proof of vehicle ownership (such as the registration or title from your previous state).
  • Complete Form 130-U. You can download 130-U from TxDMV’s website.

Visit TxDMV’s website for more info about insurance coverage requirements, a copy of the 130-U, registration fees, taxes and more.

Step 3 
Get your Texas drivers license.
You have 90 days from the day you moved here.

Requirement: Un-expired drivers license from your previous state. If not, you will have to take the driver’s exam.
Twist: In Texas, drivers license is not issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles but by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Process: You will need to apply in person at a driver license office. You can find detailed information about driver license office locations, the application process on more on the TXDPS website.

For more info about type of inspection your vehicle would be it’s subject to, you can visit our Texas State Inspection Criteria page, give us a call at (281) 644-9045  or better yet, just stop by our shop and we’ll have a chat.