Does Connecticut require an inspection for vehicle registration? Connecticut

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CT Register Car Inspection Requirements

Connecticut has three types of registration-related inspections: a safety inspection, a VIN verification inspection, and a smog and emissions inspection.

Safety Inspection


Only certain vehicles require a safety inspection (which is different that an emissions test) in order to apply for a CT DMV registration. These vehicles include:

  • Grey market vehicles (any vehicle manufactured outside of the U.S. and not built to comply with U.S. safety and emissions standards).
  • Taxis.
  • Ambulances.
  • Homemade trailers.
  • Salvage, reconstructed, and all kit cars.
  • Modified antique motor vehicles (all street rods).
  • Non-commercial trailers over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
  • Service buses.
  • Driver education vehicles (over 100,000 miles).
  • School transportation vehicles 10,000 pounds GVWR and fewer.
  • Commercial vehicles over 18,000 pounds GVWR and commercial trailers over 10,000 pounds GVWR looking for temporary registration.
  • Commercial vehicles over 18,000 pounds GVWR, commercial trailers over 10,000 pounds GVRW, and commercial trailers over 10,000 pounds GVWR (10 years old or older) seeking permanent registration.
  • Vehicles requiring Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Verification (applies to new residents with cars registered in other states).
All major inspections must be through the DMV.

VIN Verification Inspection


From a passenger car standpoint, the most common inspection situation is for new residents in need of VIN verification. This can conveniently be completed in conjunction with a smog inspection at a state-approved emissions station.

Upon completion, you'll receive a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR). You'll need to present the VIR to the DMV when applying for permanent vehicle registration, along with:

  • Your car title.
  • An out-of-state car registration certificate.
  • The VIR.
  • A completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title.
  • A Connecticut Insurance Identification Card.
  • Proper identification.
  • Payment for the $75 DMV registration fee ($38 for one-year option for drivers 65 and older).

Emissions Inspection


A smog check, which costs $20, is required for all recently purchased used cars and for new residents. Thereafter, emissions testing is required every two years. Just like with registration renewal, you'll be notified well in advance of your next emissions test due date.

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