Vehicle Emissions & Safety Inspection
Getting Your Vehicle Inspected, Steps
Before renewing a vehicle’s registration, most customers will need both a safety inspection and emission inspection. The vehicle inspection process consists of three steps:
Step 1: Find a Certified Inspection Station
Take your vehicle to one of the 7,500 licensed inspection stations.
Step 2: The Inspections
Most customers will have to undergo the two-part inspection process described below.
Vehicle Safety Inspection
This inspection is to make sure your vehicle is operating safely. It includes checks to the headlights, accessory lights, directional signals, foot brake, parking brake, steering and windshield wipers.
Vehicles 35 years old, or older, do not need a safety inspection.
On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) Emissions Inspection
North Carolina is fighting ozone-forming emissions from gasoline-operated cars and light duty trucks. Inspections are conducted using the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic (OBD) system, computerized equipment installed on all new vehicles since 1996. If you live in Wake county you are required to have an emissions & safety inspection.
The following types of vehicles do not need an OBD emissions inspection:
Model 1995 vehicles, or older
Vehicles licensed under the farmer rate
Effective April 1, 2015, vehicles within the three most recent model years with fewer than 70,000 miles might be exempt from an emissions inspection. Find out if your vehicle qualifies.
Step 3, Pay Your Inspection Fees
Please check with your inspection station prior to arrival for their list of acceptable forms of payment.
Cash, money order, personal checks[?] and Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards are acceptable forms of payment
Do you inspect motorcycles?
Yes Motorcycles Welcome No Wait
How long does it take?
We have multiple inspection lanes and licence inspectors at all inspection center locations. Our inspection centers all have climate controlled lounge areas with TV for our customers to stay their short inspection time. When you pull up to the inspection lane, one of our inspectors will quickly greet you.