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Getting Your State Inspection

Central Tire Auto Care wants to help you pass your State of Texas Vehicle Safety Inspection. In order to make your Vehicle Safety Inspection experience as convenient as possible, we have provided you with the following information and tools. While the inspection checklist provided below does not guarantee that your vehicle will pass inspection, reading them carefully will prepare you for the inspection process and could increase your chances of passing your Vehicle Safety Inspection.

What to bring to your Texas Vehicle Safety Inspection:


  1. Proof of liability insurance: any current state insurance is acceptable.

  2. Payment: Official Inspection Station accepts cash and credit cards (Visa & Master Card). Texas state law requires that payment is made whether your vehicle passes or fails inspection.

  3. Photo ID: this must be current and valid. If you are registering your vehicle in the state of Texas, you will need a photo ID in order to acquire your VI-30.

Common Reasons for Inspection Failure

Many inspection failures can be avoided. Please see the following list of items that typically cause a vehicle to fail when not in place or in the proper condition. Central Tire Auto Care conveniently carries many of these items.


  1. Windshield wipers

  2. Brakes

  3. Bulbs, including turn signals, stop lights and headlights

  4. Parking brake

  5. Tires

  • Horn

  • Windshield wipers

  • Mirror

  • Steering

  • Seat belts

  • Brake system (parking – beginning with 1960 models)

  • Tires

  • Wheel assembly

  • Exhaust system

  • Exhaust emission system (beginning with 1968 models)

  • Beam indicator (beginning with 1948 models)

  • Tail lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier

  • Stop lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier

  • License plate lamp (1)

  • Rear red reflectors (2)

  • Turn signal lamps (beginning with 1960 models)

  • Head lamps (2)

  • Motor, serial, or vehicle identification number

  • All models – inspect for window tinting or coating

  • Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old.



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