Come to Mr. Tire the next time your vehicle needs its state motor vehicle safety inspection or auto emissions test.* Our many locations and convenient hours make it easy for you to keep your car up to date. For your convenience, please call ahead to confirm your location performs the required inspection or test. We offer these services in most, but not all, states and locations. Safety inspections and auto emissions inspections in Delaware and auto emissions tests in Maryland are conducted at state facilities only.
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What to Expect at Your Next Inspection
Required motor vehicle inspections and emissions testing is just another integral facet of maintaining the safety and longevity of your vehicle. In fact, many of our customers combine their state inspection with an oil change or other scheduled maintenance.
The motor vehicle inspection usually includes head and tail lights, turn signals and warning lights, mirrors, windshield, seat belts, wiper blades and other safety equipment; tires; brakes; steering and suspension. With the introduction of onboard diagnostics, most auto emissions tests examine the data from your vehicle’s onboard computer, but can include a tailpipe exhaust test, or both. Emissions testing helps states reduce air pollution and comply with the federal Clean Air Act. Most vehicles with diesel engines are exempt.
In order to get the most out of your state inspection and emissions testing, we recommend that you do the following:
- If you make an appointment for a state inspection and/or auto emissions test only, we recommend that you check your vehicle’s basic safety equipment beforehand. You can avoid a failed inspection by correcting easy-to-spot problems, such as a burned out bulb, ripped or worn wiper blades, cracked windshield, bald tires, or check engine light.
- Be sure to bring your driver’s license, vehicle registration card, and certificate of auto insurance to your appointment.
For more information about the inspection regulations and fees in your state, call Mr. Tire at 1-866-MY-MRTIRE (1-866-696-7847). Follow the prompts and you will be connected directly to the store that you select. We offer extended daytime, evening, and weekend hours for your convenience.
Choose Mr. Tire for Your Next State Inspection
State inspections ensure that your car or truck is safe, performs better, and saves you money on fuel and repair costs. Ask the manager of your Mr. Tire store about a preventative maintenance program for your vehicle.
State Inspection Requirements*
Maryland Customers - In Maryland, you must have your Biennial Emissions Testing conducted at a
State Vehicle Emissions Inspection Facility. You can find an authorized location near you at:
*Information provided only for states where Mr. Tire has auto service locations.
**Appointment preferred. Not allowed by law in Virginia. Not all stores offer state inspections. Please check with the store when you schedule your appointment to confirm.
1 Delaware vehicle owners have the option to register their vehicles up to five years, depending on model year. New vehicles may only be required to have vehicle identification number (VIN) verification. Inspections are conducted at state run stations.
2 Illinois tests vehicles four years and older registered in specific urban ZIP codes, including the Chicago and St. Louis areas..
3 Indiana tests vehicles four years and older in Clark, Floyd, Lake and Porter counties (near Louisville and Gary)..
4 Maryland auto emissions tests are conducted at state facilities. Model year 1976 or older and vehicles that are newer than two years, diesel, electric, and certain hybrids, are exempted..
5 Missouri exempts new vehicles from safety inspections for five years. Vehicles may be registered for one or two years. An auto emission test is required for vehicles registered in the City of St. Louis and St. Charles, St. Louis, Franklin, and Jefferson counties. Certain diesel, alternate-power, older, and low-mileage vehicles are exempt..
6 New Jersey tests auto emissions on vehicles five model years and older. Diesels 1998 and older are exempt..
7 New York exempts from state emissions inspections: diesels weighing 8,500 pounds or less (maximum gross weight), gas-powered vehicles less than two model years old, and gas-powered vehicles more than 25 model years old..
8 New Carolina exempts from the auto emissions test, new vehicles, vehicles on the first or second registration, hybrid-electric vehicles less than five years old, alternate fuel vehicles, and vehicles 35 years or older..
9 Ohio tests auto emissions on vehicles older than four years and registered in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties. Vehicles older than 25 years are exempt..
10 Pennsylvania tests auto emissions on vehicles 1975 and newer, driven more than 5,000 miles in the previous year, and registered in specified counties in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, northern, and south central region..
11 Virginia tests auto emissions on vehicles garaged in the cities of Alexandria (city/count), Fairfax (city/county), Falls Church (county), Manassas (city), and Manassas Park (city), and Prince William and Stafford counties. Vehicles 25 years or older are exempt, as are vehicles registered for the first time in Virginia from valid emissions certificates from certain states, diesels older than 1996, certain clean fuel vehicles, and qualified hybrids.