What's Inspected During A NY State Inspection? PDF Print E-mail

To see a basic overview of what's inspected during a NY State vehicle inspection, check out this brochure from NY State Department of Motor Vehicles; "New York State Vehicle Safety/Emissions Inspection Program For Cars and Light Trucks".

Please note; This is not a detailed listing with specific instructions of what passes vs. fails for inspection, but a general listing of items that are included in the inspection.

Helpful tips and information about some common inspection misconceptions:

  • Inspections expire on the last day of the month that is marked (hole punched) on the sticker on your windshield. There are no "grace periods" or "extensions" beyond that date in most cases.

  • The inspection sticker is a small square and is generally placed just below your registration sticker, which is a larger rectangle.

  • It's important to note that an inspection is required annually, and no reminders are sent by the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, if you are our customer and we have your email, you will receive an email reminder when your inspection is due, to help you avoid being ticketed for an expired inspection. (Note; Vehicle registration reminders are sent in the mail from the Department of Motor Vehicles bi-annually to the address they have on file, so be sure to update your address with DMV if you move.)

  • The color of the sticker is changed annually, beginning in January of each year.

  • Mirrors that are cracked or even just discolored will fail inspection.

  • Deteriorated front windshield wipers that are separating and/or not cleaning the windshield properly will fail. Rear wipers are not part of the NY State inspection.

  • If your battery has recently lost it's charge or been disconnected, your vehicle may not pass inspection due to it's monitors not being set. It would then need to be driven in order to get enough monitors set to be able to determine if it will pass inspection or not. Again, it's recommended that you schedule an appointment earlier in the month, not right at the end of the expiring month.

  • If your "check engine" or "service engine soon" light is on, the vehicle will not pass inspection.

  • If your "check engine" or "service engine soon" light is on near the time your inspection is due, it is strongly advised that you schedule an appointment at the beginning of the month that your inspection is due, not wait until the end of the month, so that the issues can be fully resolved and your vehicles monitors can be reset and ready for inspection before the expiration date.

  • If your vehicle is presented for inspection with a sticker on the windshield that is expired, the first thing the inspector is required to do, by NY State Inspection Law, is to remove the expired sticker from the windshield. If your vehicle then fails inspection and you decide you do not want to have the necessary repairs performed to make it pass inspection, there will be no sticker on your windshield and there is no such thing as a "temporary sticker" or extension in that case.

  • If your "check engine" or "service engine soon" light is on near the time your inspection is due, it is advised that you submit the vehicle for inspection before the diagnosis and repairs for the "check engine" or "service engine soon" light, even though you know it will fail. The main reason for this is that there are instances, though rare, where a 1 year waiver may be issued under very specific circumstances, for repairs made in excess of $450 in order to try to get the vehicle to pass inspection. However, if the "check engine" or "service engine soon" light repairs were done before the inspection was performed, the waiver would not apply.




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