Texas - I just renewed my registration for my F150. The inspection consisted of giving them my proof of insurance (no insurance, no inspection, no new windshield sticker) and current mileage. He ran his fingers under the wiper blades and that was it - no look under hood, no horn toot, no drive around the facility to check braking and steering or turning on headlights to test - as done in the past.
They use to replace plates every 7 years - no more. Plates will be changed when a new design is released and will take years to complete for all.When a new general-issue license plate design is released, it takes several years before all registered vehicle owners receive the plates.As part of your vehicle registration you are issued a set of general-issue license plates. The plate number is assigned to you by TxDMV and cannot be personalized.
As of November 1, 2016, the State of Texas will no longer automatically replace your plates after 7 years. However, you may still apply at your county tax office for replacement plates if the license plate needs to be replaced for cosmetic or readability reasons.
After proof of insurance, it's basically a done deal. I drove straight home. Filed on line. The system had already received my electronic inspection certificate from station. App was approved and should have my May 2020 sticker in a couple of weeks. Total cost $84.50 + $7 for inspection station.