Will I pass the vehicle registration inspection if my windshield wipers don't work?

In most states, in order to complete your vehicle registration you must pass a safety inspection or an emissions test. In some states, such Kentucky and Louisiana, the emissions portion of the test is waived, and the focus of the inspection is on mechanical parts.

Windshield Wipers

Windshield wiper function is one of several mechanical parts inspected. If your wipers do not work, or your wiper fluid is depleted, you could fail the inspection altogether, or be asked to repeat the inspection after repairing the wipers.

Your safest bet is to have them repaired prior to submitting to an inspection, rather than having repeat the inspection and pay the required fee twice.

Additional Inspection Areas

While the details of vehicle safety inspection are different in every state, the overall purpose of inspection is to determine the safety and driving capability of the vehicle.

Other parts that may be tested include:

  • Brakes
  • Seat belts
  • Speedometer/odometer
  • Steering wheel
  • Mirrors
  • Headlights
  • Backlights
  • Horn
  • Turn signals
  • License plate light
  • Windshield visibility
  • Emissions items and exhaust systems
Contact your local DMV directly, for inspection details and register car fees.

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