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Occasionally the Texas Dept. of Public Safety  revises and or makes new vehicle inspection rules. Pine Tree Inspections will post these changes as they are sent to us.


1.Window Tint Changes. Effective September, 2009 and enforcement began in July, 2010. The new requirement is a change from 20% to 25% light transmittance and affects all vehicles regardless of the year of the vehicle. There are a few exemptions that the Department of Public Safety can issue on an individual basis.

The front windshield tint rule did not change. It can be any darkness. Red, yellow and blue colors are not allowed. The windshield tint can not be below the AS-1 line or 5 inches from the top which ever comes first.

The windows to the left and right of the passenger, must have a light transmittance of 25% or more. This rule applies to ALL vehicles. There is a NO tolerence level. Must be 25% or more.

The windows on the rear & back seat area are also be at 25%. These windows can be below 25%, if they have two outside mirrows.

Unfortunately, their is not a grandfather clause and the new law applies to all vehicles. 


EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2015, YOU MUST HAVE A PASSING INSPECTION PERFORMED YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE YOU CAN REGISTER YOUR VEHICLE.

EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 20-16, YOU MUST HAVE A PASSING INSPECTION PERFORMED ON YOUR VEHICLE, WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE  EXPIRATION DATE OF THE REGISTRATION.

MOTORCYCLES: The handle bar height rule is no longer an item of inspection, however the maximum height of 15 inches is still a traffic law and citations can be adminstered.


The vehicle identification number (VIN) is now an item of inspection and must be legible and taken from the vehicle. VIN numbers can not be taken from any other source.

The Inspection Fee is Now $7.00