Not the OP but, inspections are done by VIN, it's the unique identifier for the veh. The assigned p late is attached to the VIN during registration.OP, hoping to highjack here a bit (sorry in advance) - I have a non-op (CA) bike that I want to street register here. How do you get one inspected when there's no plate for it? I can't seem to find anything online, figuring someone here has dealt with this....
Okay, that's actually good to know - honestly I'd probably be willing to take my chances (it's literally right down the street and I've yet to see a cop rolling around here) but not that hard to make an appointment, either!The Tax office also told me that you can make an appointment with the inspection office (they must write it down) and you can then ride directly to and back from the inspection center. If the police stop you they can confirm with the inspection center and should not issue a ticket (as long as you are going directly there!! No deviations) and if they do issue a ticket, you go to court, show that you had a written appointment and the ticket will be dismissed!! I have never had to try this, I have just risked it and ridden the 3 miles to the inspection center. But thought it might give another option.
Dont worry, we can imagine the "right hand", "left hand" bureaucratic stories.I went through this exactly once in my lifetime. When I returned from Germany and brought home a US-legal and certifed Opel I'd bought there, I got a ton of runaround from the Grapevine tax office (one guy), who clearly had no love for returning soldiers (post-Vietnam era. so he was basically being a butthead). After I jumped all the other hurtles, he told me I had to have a PD inspection. I drove over to the Grapevine PD, which was pretty sleepy operation in those days. They obviously thought the tax office guy was nuts. Finally, a sergeant came out, walked around my car, kicked the tires, looked at the brand new inspection sticker, and pronounced it roadworthy. They didn't even have an official form for the process, so they just typed something up on letterhead paper and called it good.
There's more with regard to Grapevine's one-man tax czar, but it doesn't pertain to this thread.