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Affidavit, Waivers and Extensions, and the Vehicle Inspection Report

Waivers and extensions that are available to vehicle owners who have failed an emissions inspection, and explanation of an affidavit and a vehicle inspection report

The TCEQ, in conjuction with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), is authorized to deny a vehicle’s registration renewal if the vehicle failed its annual emissions inspection and has not complied with the program requirements in the last twelve months. The following items may be presented at the time of renewal to show the vehicle has met emissions inspection requirements:

Affidavit (Texas Department of Public Safety Form VIE-12): An owner of a vehicle registered in Brazoria, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, El Paso, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Travis, and Williamson Counties may obtain VIE-12 and have a vehicle safety inspection completed in a county where the emissions inspection is not required if one of the following conditions is true:

  • the vehicle will not be primarily operated (driven, parked, or stored less than 60 days per year) in one of the affected counties listed above (examples: certain company fleet vehicles, hunting vehicles);
  • the vehicle will no longer be primarily operated for 60 calendar days per inspection cycle in one of the counties listed above (example: someone who moved from an affected county);
  • the vehicle will not return to an affected county prior to the expiration of the current inspection certificate (example: student, vacationer, extended out-of-town business); or
  • the vehicle is inoperable and will not be operated in an affected county.

Low Mileage Waiver: This waiver is available to a vehicle owner whose vehicle has failed both its initial emissions inspection and re-inspection and in which at least $100 in emissions related repairs have been performed. The vehicle is required to have been driven less than 5,000 miles in the previous inspection cycle and is expected to be driven fewer than 5,000 miles before the next safety inspection is required.

Parts Availability Time Extension: This extension is available to motorists who are experiencing emission inspection failures due to a vehicle part not being readily available.

Low-Income Time Extension: This extension is available to qualified individuals who would otherwise qualify for public assistance. The Low-Income Time Extension is valid for one inspection cycle, but may be granted more than once during the life of a vehicle.

Individual Vehicle Waiver: This waiver is available to a vehicle owner that has spent at least $600 ($450 in El Paso) on emission-related repairs and is still unable to pass an emissions inspection or unable to qualify for another type of waiver. The waiver may be granted based upon the Texas Department of Public Safety belief that granting the waiver will not cause a significant impact on air quality.

Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR): The VIR is provided to the vehicle owner upon completion of the inspection and indicates whether the vehicle passed or failed the inspection.  A copy of the VIR can be obtained from any inspection station within 13 months of the last inspection.

 

For more information on Waivers go to Exit the TCEQTexas Department of Public Safety (DPS).