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Texas to merge auto inspection sticker with registration

June 24, 2014 at 1:24 a.m.


AUSTIN (AP) - Come next March, Texas drivers will no longer be required to have an inspection sticker on their windshield.

But vehicles will still be required to get the once-over.

Department of Motor Vehicles Director Whitney Brewster told a Senate panel Monday that separate stickers will no longer be needed for the inspection and auto registration. A single sticker will be proof of both.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/UFTJLz ) an owner must complete the inspection - which includes state vehicle safety and emissions tests - within 90 days of when the registration expires.

Drivers will eventually have to show proof of a valid inspection to renew their vehicle registration.

Officials say Texas will save about $2 million with the change, primarily in oversight and sticker costs.

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