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Old 01-30-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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Today I got my car inspected. I was expecting to get a sticker dated 1---13 just like the one I had prior dated 1---12. He gave me one with just 1---3. When I asked him about it he gave me a silly answer. "all they sent us was 3's so we are just using that for 2013" Of course in my mind I am thinking "maybe you just need to put one of those 1's with it". Anyway, I went to the DPS site to see what was up.

Lo and behold the stickers are being dated this way going forward. Not sure why he couldnt just tell me that, but I thought I'd share in case anyone else gets a silly answer.

Here is an example:



New Inspection Stickers
Inspection stickers with expiration dates in 2013 and later display only the last digit of the inspection year.


TxDPS - Vehicle Inspection Program (http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/index.htm - broken link)
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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I dont like it! but oh well
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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He didn't tell you that because THEY didn't tell HIM that. They send what they send, and really tell the guys doing it very little.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:27 AM
 
Location: San 'Tone
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Actually, this is the way it's always been. The reason for this seeming change is the year 2013. (And years to come 2014, etc...)
When DPS issues the inspection sticker booklets, the stickers are void of any numeric dates. Along with the blank books of inspection stickers, there are booklets of numbers 1-12 to represent January to December. The appropriate numerical sticker is applied in the month field and another in the year field. From 2000-2012, the stickers for Jan-December (1 - 12) worked just great for the year as well. Now in 2013, there is no 13th month, or 13th year sticker.
Look back to the 90's to see the single digit year like the photo above. (example: February 1993 also read 2 3)
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:40 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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Actually, this is the way it's always been. The reason for this seeming change is the year 2013. (And years to come 2014, etc...)
When DPS issues the inspection sticker booklets, the stickers are void of any numeric dates. Along with the blank books of inspection stickers, there are booklets of numbers 1-12 to represent January to December. The appropriate numerical sticker is applied in the month field and another in the year field. From 2000-2012, the stickers for Jan-December (1 - 12) worked just great for the year as well. Now in 2013, there is no 13th month, or 13th year sticker.
Look back to the 90's to see the single digit year like the photo above. (example: February 1993 also read 2 3)
That makes perfect sense. After getting stickers with double digits for a while it looked odd (probably because the very old stickers had a box for the single digit. His answer was just silly.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Just went to look at mine since I got it inspected last week. There isn't room on the sticker for a 13, only the 3. The number would have to be small to have a 13. I guess this is the "new" way of doing things. FWIW, my numbers also fill the spaces on the sticker which are larger than the pic you posted.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: 78250
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Today I got my car inspected. I was expecting to get a sticker dated 1---13 just like the one I had prior dated 1---12. He gave me one with just 1---3. When I asked him about it he gave me a silly answer. "all they sent us was 3's so we are just using that for 2013" Of course in my mind I am thinking "maybe you just need to put one of those 1's with it". Anyway, I went to the DPS site to see what was up.

Lo and behold the stickers are being dated this way going forward. Not sure why he couldnt just tell me that, but I thought I'd share in case anyone else gets a silly answer.

Here is an example:



New Inspection Stickers
Inspection stickers with expiration dates in 2013 and later display only the last digit of the inspection year.

TxDPS - Vehicle Inspection Program (http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/index.htm - broken link)

hmm I just got mine done at the inspection station on nacogdoches rd and he gave me the default 01/13 sticker.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:07 PM
 
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Thank you for sharing this with us i had the same issue and I wanted my money back lol but he told me it was a new law or something so I left it that way but thanks I appreciate you sharing this!
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Funny that this thread shows up now when I got a new inspection sticker yesterday. Mine says "3", as well.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Oh, the window tint thread down on the main page reminded me of something. The car that I got the inspection sticker for yesterday was previously rejected due to having "illegal tint". So I would always just get it done at the dealer instead. Well, yesterday, I had forgotten about my erstwhile inspection sticker travails & went to the original place and they gave me a sticker! It wasn't until later in the day that I realized what had happened.

Did Texas change the window tint laws, or what? Glad to see they finally saw some sense if they did.
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