What are the safety inspection requirements?

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It's a wise idea to get hold of your state's safety inspection requirements before bringing your vehicle in for a car inspection. To find these requirements, visit your state's DMV Web site. Most will post detailed inspection information. Pennsylvania's DMV, for example, provides three entire Web pages with multiple links, providing separate chapters on cars, heavy duty trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles and more.

Or, if you prefer, try visiting a state-approved inspection station. Any on-duty mechanic should be able to answer any of your questions. You can find inspection station listings on your state's DMV's Web site. 

If you're new to the inspection process, don't wait until the day before your vehicle registration expires to educate yourself. Know what condition your vehicle must be in to pass. This way you can address of any possible red flags (broken taillight, dangling muffler, cracked windshield...) in advance and increase your vehicle's chances of passing the inspection first time through.  

Required Inspection No Inspection Required
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Biennial
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Annual
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Annual
Maine
x
Annual
Maryland
x
At resale
Massachusetts
x
Biennial or at resale
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Annual
Missouri
x
Biennial or at resale
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
Annual
New Jersey
x
Biennial
New Mexico
x
New York
x
Annual
North Carolina
x
Annual
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Annual
Rhode Island
x
Biennial
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Annual
Utah
x
Vehicles eight years and older must be inspected every year. Vehicles newer than eight years old require inspections every other year.
Vermont
x
Annual
Virginia
x
Annual
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Annual
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x


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