What If My Car Fails State Inspection


What do I do if my vehicle fails an emissions test?

The Texas State Inspection emissions test shows that your vehicle is generating higher levels of air pollution than it should. Your Vehicle Inspection Report details why it failed.

You must repair the problem that caused you vehicle to fail. After repairs are made, take your vehicle back to the same inspection station within 15 days of your first inspection for a free retest. 

Can I get a waiver or extension?

The Texas Department of Public Safety may issue an emissions-testing waiver or time extension for qualifying vehicles that pass all requirements of the standard safety inspection.

These include extensions for either low-income vehicle owners or parts availability, and waivers either for low yearly mileage or when all repair options have failed.; More information on waivers and time extensions is available at TxDPS – VI Waivers and Time Extensions