Certified State Inspections

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State Inspections in Lubbock

McWhorter retail locations are certified as vehicle inspection stations by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

We’re proud to have more locations than any other mechanic in Lubbock County offering certified inspections. With three convenient locations on 50th, Frankford and downtown to choose from and our location in Levelland.

Why Get a State Vehicle Inspection?


The short answer is because all vehicles in Texas are required to be inspected annually. The longer answer involves protecting yourself and other motorists sharing the road by driving a safe vehicle. Safety inspections are required throughout Texas, but you are only required to get emissions tests in some counties. Lubbock and Hockley County does not require emissions testing.

New Sticker System in 2014

In early 2014, the inspection and vehicle registration systems changed in Texas. Instead of requiring two stickers – one for inspection and one for auto registration – a single sticker now covers both. Owners must complete the inspection within 90 days of their registration expiration date.

Now drivers have an auto registration sticker for their windshield, and a Vehicle Inspection Report. This change will save Texas millions annually in oversight and sticker costs, plus your windshield will be only half as crowded!

Inspection fees remain the same. However, now motorists pay them in two parts, at the inspection station and during registration.

Getting an Inspection?

Stop at any verified station/auto repair shop, and bring your insurance card. Texas drivers are required to carry a minimum insurance coverage of $30,000 per injured person, up to $60,000 for all injured parties. Drivers must also have $25,000 worth of insurance coverage for property damage.

What’s inspected?

The Texas Department of Public Safety requires McWhorter locations inspect every passenger car for:

  1. Working Horn
  2. Windshield Wipers
  3. Rearview Mirror
  4. Steering
  5. Seat Belts
  6. Brakes (system) (Parking - beginning with 1960 models)
  7. Tires
  8. Wheel Assembly
  9. Exhaust System
  10. Exhaust Emission System (beginning with 1968 models)
  11. Beam Indicator (beginning with 1948 models)
  12. Tail Lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  13. Stop Lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  14. License Plate Lamp (1)
  15. Rear Red Reflectors (2)
  16. Turn Signal Lamps (beginning with 1960 models)
  17. Head Lamps (2)
  18. Motor, Serial, or Vehicle Identification Number
  19. Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old
  20. Window Tint.

Free Retest

If your vehicle fails the inspection, don’t worry. We’ll give you a second chance. We can repair the parts that caused you to fail, and, if you bring your car back within 15 days of the first inspection, we’ll retest for free.

Still confused? Inspection expiring? Give us a call today and we’ll get your vehicle safe and legal.

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