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Texas DPS Faces Vehicle Inspection System Outage; Safety-Only Counties Affected

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is grappling with a vehicle inspection system outage that began on August 23. The disruption affects stations in safety-only counties, preventing them from conducting proper inspections. Emission inspections remain unaffected, but station license renewal applications are currently unavailable.


AUSTIN, August 24, 2023 - Residents relying on the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for vehicle inspections might face delays, as the department is currently dealing with a system outage. The disruption, which began on August 23, has primarily impacted stations located in safety-only counties, rendering them unable to carry out proper inspections.

Interestingly, the outage does not affect emission inspections, allowing those to proceed as usual. However, those looking to renew their station licenses will have to wait, as the application process for renewals is also down due to the system issues.

In an official statement, the DPS expressed regret over the inconvenience caused by the outage, stating, "We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible."

For those seeking real-time updates on the situation, the DPS has been actively communicating through its official Facebook page. A post from 1 day ago reiterated the ongoing issues with the vehicle inspection system and assured the public that the department is diligently working towards a resolution. The post read, "DPS is currently experiencing issues with the vehicle inspection system. The outage began on Aug. 23 and is ongoing. This issue does not allow stations in safety-only counties to conduct proper inspections. At this time, emission inspections are not impacted by this outage. Station license renewal applications are also unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We will post updates when the issue is resolved."

As of now, no further updates have been provided since the last Facebook post. Residents are encouraged to monitor the DPS Facebook page for the latest information on the outage and any potential resolutions.