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Vehicle inspection, registration deadlines extended

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As the COVID-19 response drags on and confusion is the norm, getting what-once-was-routine tasks done can become more troublesome.

Here’s the situation facing vehicle owners needing to get their vehicles inspected so they can purchase renewal stickers to verify the vehicle’s registration in the county.

The only certified inspection station in Bandera County is Main Street Tire & Automotive at 1955 Highway 16 North in Bandera, and it is not taking appointments for walk-in safety inspections because of concerns about the size of crowds that could draw and whether those numbers could exceed the customer count allowed Main Street Tire under COVID-19 capacity limits, said Sean LaBarre with auto repair shop.

In an interview last week, he said customers having other work done on your vehicle, like an oil change or brake repairs, can get a safety inspection performed because the car is already there for work and no one will need to be at the store waiting for the work, which could make the shop too crowded under current rules.

LeBarre added that license renewal deadlines are not currently active because of the restrictions the governor placed on business and personal activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the governor opens business in the state completely and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles declares that normal vehicle registration, titling and other vehicle requirement are active again, vehicle owners will have 60 days from that date to get their vehicles inspected and a registration renewal installed on their cars and trucks even if their listed deadline has passed.

Bandera County Tax Assessor-Collector Gwenda Tschirhart confirmed that information, saying no citations are being issued for having an expired license sticker now.

But she also explained that motorists can still get their vehicles inspected and bring that inspection by the tax assessor’s office or mail it in along with other documentation to purchase a registration renewal sticker.

Tschirhart said vehicle inspection stations were not shut down by the governor, so “you can have your vehicle inspected at any inspection station in Texas that is still open and operating.”

The state does not require you to have your vehicle inspected in the county where you live, only that you have the vehicle or vehicles registered in the county where you live, the tax assessor collector said.

She reaffirmed that motorists will have 60 days from the day the governor declares the state fully open again and the Department of Motor Vehicles resumes registration requirements to get their vehicles inspected and a license renewal purchased and installed.

The tax assessor’s main office is at 403 12th St. in Bandera. Its mailing address is P.O. Bo 368, Bandera, Texas, 78003.