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Program Enforcement

Methods used to enforce the vehicle emissions inspection program
  • Inspection Sticker Enforcement
    Eligible motorists that do not pass the vehicle emissions inspection will not receive the required safety and emissions inspection sticker and will be subject to traffic citations from law enforcement authorities.
  • Vehicle Registration Renewal Denial
    Motorists with vehicles registered in Brazoria, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, El Paso, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, and Williamson Counties will not be eligible to renew their vehicle registration if the vehicle failed an emissions inspection and has not complied with the program requirements during the last twelve months.

    For more information on Registration Denial, call 1(888)-295-0141.

  • Targeted On-Road Inspections (Remote Sensing)
    On-road inspections are used to target high-emitting vehicles commuting from adjacent ozone nonattainment counties. Targeted motorists are required to have their vehicle inspected within 30 days of notification. The van-installed on-road inspection equipment is strategically placed to capture auto emissions from single-lane traffic in an acceleration mode. On-road inspections may also be used as a program validation tool to inspect vehicles exiting from inspection and repair sites.  Vehicles targeted by the on-road inspection program that do not pass the required emission inspection may be ineligible to renew their vehicle registration.