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Registering classic car in Texas - inspection?

I figured that the Texas VMFers would know best (but am posting in Gen. Discussion for visibility). I've got Jane in Texas now and need to register as my Colorado registration is up at the end of this month.

As far as I can tell, because a '66 Mustang is deemed a "classic", it is exempt from emissions inspections but must still undergo a safety inspection. Is this right? Or do I need to start messing with the EFI to try to pass emissions?

Thanks for the info! Hoping that registering will be fairly painless this time around. Don't want to have to go to the inspection station more than once!


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You are correct. It's a safety inspection only, no emissions required.
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From the Texas Department of Pubic Safety/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website:

Vehicles registered as "Antiques" are exempt from annual inspection. To see the restrictions on the use of antiques or to obtain more information on how to register your vehicle as "Antique", see the TXDMV website.
##Vehicles registered as "Classic" are required to have an annual safety inspection. These types of vehicles are inspected like any passenger vehicle. Certain items of inspection, however, may or may not be required to be inspected, depending on the age of the car. (For example, seatbelts and anchorages are only required if the vehicle was originally manufactured with them.)

Certain counties in Texas (and Travis County is one of them) require an annual emissions test but I don't know if Antiques and/or Classics are exempt. I guess you could dig around on the TXDMV website and find out.

I will be registering my 65 FB with "Year of Manufacture" license plates and I do believe I will need to have the annual safety inspection but I don't live in an emissions test county.
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She can't register hers as an antique as much as she drives it. No emissions...just safety.
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Excellent, thanks for the info!

Have checked around Travis County's website and didn't find anything about emissions testing for classic cars. I guess I could call them but usually calling the DMV is a multi-hour endeavor from my experience


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Excellent, thanks for the info!

Have checked around Travis County's website and didn't find anything about emissions testing for classic cars. I guess I could call them but usually calling the DMV is a multi-hour endeavor from my experience
Since you're in Austin just go by and pay them a personal visit.
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You just weren't holding your fingers right when you did your search;

Vehicle Emissions Testing in Texas | DOT
VEHICLES THAT REQUIRE AN EMISSIONS TEST

The following vehicles need to undergo emissions testing:
  1. The rules for emissions testing are different in different counties. The following counties require vehicles to undergo emissions testing: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson and El Paso counties.
  2. All gasoline powered vehicles need to undergo emissions testing.
  3. All vehicles from 2 through 24 years old need to carry out emissions testing. Even upon expiration of the 2 year initial inspection sticker the test needs to be conducted.


For the safety inspection, they want to drive your car now to check the brakes. If you are adverse to strangers behind the wheel of your beloved, they may let you drive while they ride shot gun for the brake test. I personally do not ever let anyone else drive Sheila.


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I have classic plates on my car since I drive it to work every now and then. The plates had to be ordered, but were free. I have annual safety inspections, but they don't do any emissions testing.


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Make sure all your lights/signals are burning and horn works. My buddy with '68 Firebird lives in San Antonio and moved there from NM (where they don't hassle/tax people with safety inspections). His car failed the first round due to intermittent horn and one driving light not working. He doesn't have to do emissions. He also has a '57 GMC that's louder than a Metallica concert and he's been able to get it passed.


I suppose one neat thing is the blue plates will go well with your blue paint job - yeeee-haw!
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Kelly,
Just make sure you have your insurance with you. You should be good. They are supposed drive it and check for everything working (lights, turn signals, horn, brakes and such) but usually they don't really even do that on the classics. Plus, note that you will need the pre-registration done before you can register it in Texas.

Good luck! Hope Jane is treating you better?!

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They've never wanted to drive mine, and I wouldn't let them anyways.
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Well one good thing about living in "flyover country", no safety inspection, no emissions testing (aka additional taxes) on any of our vehicles.

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Ah yes. When you get it inspected, they will just give you a piece of paper now and no sticker. The date on that has to be within 90 days of the date you register it. You take the paper down to your local registration office and they will take all your money and give you a registration sticker. There is no inspection sticker in Texas any more. I think all the new plates are white with black letters like back in the 60's or something.


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Good luck! Hope Jane is treating you better?!
She was good as gold the whole trip from NC to TX, so can't complain! Lost the windshield to a very large rock and have some oil leaking issues to work on, but overall she's been awesome Engine is in top shape though the fuel system needs some tuning!

As far as anyone driving my car: won't happen anywhere, anytime, ever. However, I'm sure I will be able to find a place that is reasonable about inspections on classic cars. She will pass safety no problemo though I may have to give the horn a stern talking-to to keep it from doing crazy things. It does have a history of blaring incessantly when anyone who's not me touches it

Thanks to all of you guys for the info about this! Really appreciate it


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289 v8, 4-speed, 3.25 9" rear, goodies and stuff.

See my travel blog here for my adventures: http://mapandamustang.blogspot.com/
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in VA if you get antique plates you don't have to get it inspected
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