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Trailers Need Safety Inspections Before Being Registered

-March 2015+


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Posted by Laureen Chernow Monday, March 30, 2015 3:12:00 PM Categories: Press Releases

Tax Assessor-Collector Reminds Trailer Owners of Need for Safety Inspections

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway is reminding residents that along with the new single-sticker inspection-registration for Texas motor vehicles comes a renewed emphasis on ensuring your trailer gets a safety inspection.

“The law requiring trailers to be inspected has been on the books for a long time,” Caraway said. “Still, some trailer owners seem to be unaware of that law, since until now it was possible to get a registration sticker without having the vehicle inspected. But, that’s changed with the new single-sticker law that went into effect this month (March 2015).”

Caraway noted that the Tax Office has already had several residents attempt to register their trailers without the safety inspection and have been turned away. 

The law applies to non-farm trailers with a gross weight (weight of the trailer plus its carrying capacity or actual load) of more than 4,500 pounds. That includes travel trailers, most dual-axle boat trailers and many large utility trailers.

Just like with motor vehicles, before a trailer registration can be renewed the owner must have proof – either electronically in the Department of Motor Vehicle database or by showing the inspection document given to owners after the safety inspection – that the trailer has a current, valid safety inspection. Only then can that trailer be issued its annual registration sticker for its license plate.

For more information visit www.TwoStepsOneSticker.com.