Standard Exempt license plates are issued to vehicles owned by government entities, counties, cities, or other state political subdivisions. Vehicles with Standard Exempt license plates have the word “EXEMPT” printed on the plate. As a result of “Two Steps, One Sticker,” these vehicles now receive a registration sticker as proof of inspection. A registration renewal notice will be mailed prior to the vehicle’s inspection expiration. An inspection fee based on the last inspection is printed on the renewal notice.
There are two steps to follow under “Two Steps, One Sticker”:
- Step 1: Pass a vehicle inspection within 90 days of your registration expiration date. To find your nearest inspection station, please visit the DPS website.
- Step 2: Once a renewal notice is received, pay the applicable inspection fee online, by mail, in person at your county tax office, at any county willing to accept the application, or at a subcontractor location such as a participating grocery store or municipal office. A registration sticker will be issued once the inspection fee is paid and the passing inspection status is verified.
|Inspection Type||Counties||State Portion|
|One-Year Safety||Counties except the emission counties listed below and vehicles 25 years and older||$7.50|
|Safety-only (vehicles 25 years or older)||Statewide||$7.50|
|Two-Year Safety (new vehicles)||Statewide||$16.75|
|Safety Emissions (TSI/OBD)||El Paso||$8.25|
|Safety Emissions (TSI/OBD)||Travis, Williamson||$10.25|
|Emission (ASM) for vehicles model-year 1995 and older||Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant||$8.25|
|Emission-Test Only||El Paso||$2.75|
|Emission-Test Only||Travis, Williamson||$2.75|
|Emission-Test Only||Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant||$2.75|
|Emission-Test Only (OBDNL) for vehicles model-year 1996 and newer||Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant||$8.25|
|Safety Emissions (NLTSI)||Travis, Williamson||$8.25|