Transition year ends for “Two Steps, One Sticker” program

Published 10:21 am Monday, March 14, 2016

Special to The Leader

Orange County is stepping up to assist customers during the second year of the “Two Steps, One Sticker” program for vehicle inspection and registration.

On March 1, 2016, the transition year ended, and vehicles should now have one convenient expiration date for inspection and registration. Here is what Orange County vehicle owners need to do from this point forward: Take a look at the date on your vehicle registration sticker than follow the two steps.

Step 1: Pass a vehicle inspection no earlier than 90 days prior to your registration expiration and retain your vehicle inspection report. To find your nearest inspection station in Orange County, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) website.

Step 2: After your vehicle passes inspection, renew your registration online, by mail, or in person at the Orange County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office and your inspection status will be verified electronically.

Remember that your vehicle inspection and registration will expire on the last day of the month that’s indicated on your sticker.

“Following the two steps will help ensure a smooth registration renewal process,” said Orange County Tax Assessor-Collector Lynda Gunstream. “Before coming to our office or submitting your registration renewal online, or by mail, be sure to pass inspection no earlier than 90-days before your sticker expires.”

For example, if your registration sticker expires in August 2016, you can pass your inspection as early as June 3 which is 90 days before your sticker expires on August 31, 2016.

The state of Texas stopped issuing vehicle inspection stickers on March 1, 2015, as a result of House bill 2305 that passed during the 83rd legislative session in 2013. The Orange County Tax Assessors-Collector’s office has been working closely with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to implement the changes required by law.

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