Does Alabama require an inspection for vehicle registration? Alabama

Safety Inspection Requirements for First-Time Vehicle Registration

When you undergo the register car process for the first time, a designated agent or appointed deputy from the Alabama Motor Vehicle Division (AL MVD), as opposed to the Division of Public Safety (DPS), must inspect the vehicle. This is simply a general safety inspection to make sure there are no significant defects in your vehicle. No appointment is needed and there is no registration-related fee for this service.

There is no inspection required for a registration renewal. The vehicle safety inspection is only needed for car registration when ownership of the vehicle changes hands.

Smog and Emissions Testing

Although some states require emissions testing and smog checks for vehicle registration, Alabama does not.

However, Jefferson and Shelby county residents can request a voluntary emissions inspection conducted by Alabama Partners for Clean Air. This free smog check tests for levels of pollutants after your car has been driven for at least 10 minutes. If you do not pass the inspection, the program pays 80% of the cost of oxygen sensors, catalytic converters, and other necessary repairs, up to a maximum of $500. Visit the Alabama Partners for Clean Air website to learn more.

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