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Which Inspections do I need?

The FMCSA Sticker is needed when crossing state lines because that type of inspection is a federal requirement. Federal inspections are somewhat stricter than state inspections. For example, with state inspections, you can pass even with a light oil leak, whereas roadside inspections done at state lines have resulted in drivers being written up for oil leaks.

State inspections are needed for truck registration in Texas. If you have Texas plates, you will need a state inspection; the DMV will not accept a Federal inspection. This is often a source of confusion for drivers.

Federal inspections come with a sticker and two copies of the inspection, one for the truck and one for the safety office. We get a lot of requests for copies of the inspection for their safety office. The driver should turn in the extra copy of the inspection to their safety office as soon as possible.

What does a federal inspection entail?

This inspection is fairly comprehensive. Click here to see a list of items included in this inspection.

What does a state inspection entail?

This inspection is necessary for renewing registration; you will need one at the DMV as they do not accept federal inspections for registration renewal.

How long does a federal inspection take?

The timing to complete a federal inspection varies but is often completed within a maximum of half an hour.

How long does a state inspection take?

The timing to complete a state inspection varies but is often completed within a maximum of half an hour.

What if I fail a federal inspection?

If you fail a federal inspection, you get thirty days to address the problem and have your truck re-inspected at no additional charge. Here at TAT Express, we can repair your truck and most parts are in stock for reduced downtime. That means you spend less time in our garage and more time on the road.

What if I fail a state inspection?

If you fail a state inspection, you have thirty days to have your truck repaired and re-inspected at no additional charge. We have most parts in stock, which means less downtime for your truck and more time on the road.

How much does a federal inspection cost?

$55.00

How much does a state inspection cost?

$40.00

How often do I need a federal inspection?

Usually once a year, but in some cases, companies may request inspections be completed more frequently.

How often do I need a state inspection?

Once a year for registration renewal.

What if I lose proof of my federal inspection?

We do not normally keep these on file; the driver should keep extra copies or request a copy from their safety office.

What if I lose proof of my state inspection?

Once a year for registration renewal.

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