Inspection Exemption for Certain Commercial Motor Vehicles

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles


The 85th Texas Legislature passed a bill creating an exemption to state vehicle inspection requirements for certain commercial motor vehicles. This exemption will be implemented by the TxDMV on September 7, 2017.

A commercial motor vehicle qualifies for the state vehicle inspection exemption, if it is:

  • not domiciled in this state,
  • registered in this state or under the International Registration Plan (Apportioned registration), and
  • in compliance with FMCSA certificate of inspection regulations.

A $22 per vehicle fee, formerly the state’s portion of the inspection fee, will be collected at time of registration, for vehicles qualifying for this exemption.

No action on your part is required to qualify for the exemption.

If your vehicle(s) qualifies for the exemption, you will no longer need to submit Vehicle Inspection Reports (VIRs) at time of registration. 

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Motor Carrier Division – Commercial Fleet Services Section
Phone: 1-800-299-1700, option 5Visit the Motor Carrier portal for all your TxDMV needs at