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NEW YORK STATE VEHICLE INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS:

Motor vehicles are required, by law, to be in safe operating condition whenever they are driven on a public street or roadway in New York State.

Each vehicle registered in New York State must be inspected at least every 12 months. The inspection must be done before the expiration date of the current inspection sticker, and whenever the vehicle becomes registered in a different name.

When a vehicle inspection is requested, an inspection station must inspect any vehicle it is licensed to inspect or must provide, in writing, an appointment date that is within eight working days. If an appointment is made, the station may require a deposit that cannot exceed the inspection fee.

The inspection must be done in a licensed inspection station displaying an official sign, and must be performed by a certified motor vehicle inspector.

If your vehicle fails the safety and/or emissions inspection, the inspection station must have your permission before beginning any repairs.

You are not required to have your vehicle repaired or re-inspected at the station that performed the initial inspection. Your vehicle may be taken to any registered repair shop, or you may make the required repairs yourself. Your vehicle must then pass a new inspection, at an inspection station of your choice, before an inspection sticker will be issued.

It is a misdemeanor for an inspector to knowingly issue, or a motorist to knowingly accept, an inspection sticker unless a full and proper inspection has been performed.

Automobile inspection has two major components:

FIRST, Safe Operations Related: Steering, brakes, tires and lights are inspected.

Visibility improves safety for everyone on the road. As a result:

  • Headlights, horns, and turn signals must be in working order.

  • Mirrors, windows, and windshield wipers are assessed.

  • Window tinting is checked with approved tint meter.

Being able to stop as expected is another safety element. We check for:

  • Brakes pads and rotors, emergency hand brake and any brake fluid leak.

  • Tire tread and wear.

  • Steering, shocks, struts, tie rod ends, etc.

 

 

 

SECOND, Emissions Testing: The Clear Air Act was amended in 1977 to address metropolitan areas with poor air quality. In 1982, New York State enacted its own standard, with attendant updates as the science and monitoring technology concerning emissions improved.