State Inspection Requirements

At Val-U-Line®, our nationwide used car dealerships are dedicated to offering affordable pre-owned vehicles with outstanding reliability. So, to make sure you drive home in a dependable used car, we've taken the time to make sure our entire inventory passes all state inspection requirements for safety and emissions.

Most states require vehicle inspections for safety and/or emissions. To find out what items are required for you state's inspection, check out our guide below.

GO TO: State Inspections By State

Understanding State Inspection Requirements

Depending on the state you live in, your used car can be subject to a vehicle inspection. States that require safety inspections for cars, like Texas and Massachusetts, will check a number of exterior and interior features as well as items under the hood to make sure everything complies with the state's safety standards.

Here are a few things that can be examined during a safety state inspection:

  • Brake system (including parking brake)
  • Exhaust system
  • Steering and suspension
  • Exterior lights
  • Tires and wheels
  • Seatbelts
  • Windshield and window tints

Some states, such as New Jersey, also require inspections to make sure your vehicle's performance is compliant with emissions standards. During this inspection, the facility will check all performance parts under the hood including the spark plugs and filters to ensure an efficient and proper performance. The gas cap is also evaluated for possible leaks.

All states have different procedures for each inspection, but our team is dedicated to making sure that our inventory of cheap used cars is safe and efficient. No matter which state you live in, you can be sure that the vehicle you choose will meet all your state's inspection requirements.

State Inspection Requirements by State

While the team at our used car dealerships will make sure your pre-owned vehicle passes all state standards, it's still important to know when you should have your car inspected after you drive home. That's because each state has different jurisdictions for which inspections are needed for each are and when.

Check out the table below to find out when your vehicle should be inspected in your state:

Safety Inspection

Emissions Inspection

Alabama

Required before selling or transferring ownership

No emissions inspection required

Alaska

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Arizona

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 1 to 2 years in the Phoenix and Tucson areas

Arkansas

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

California

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years in select counties

Colorado

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years in select counties

Connecticut

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years

Delaware

Required every 2 years

Required every 2 years

Florida

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Georgia

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 1 year in Atlanta areas

Hawaii

Required every 1 year

No emissions inspection required

Idaho

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years for Canyon County and Kuna

Illinois

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years inselect areas

Indiana

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years in Lake and Porter counties

Iowa

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Kansas

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Kentucky

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Louisiana

Required every 1 to 2 years

Required every 1 year in the Baton Rouge area

Maine

Required every 1 year

Required every 1 year in Cumberland County

Maryland

Required before selling or transferring

Required every 2 years in select counties

Massachusetts

Required every 1 year

Required every 1 year

Michigan

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Minnesota

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Mississippi

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Missouri

Required every 2 years

Required every 2 years in select counties

Montana

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Nebraska

Required when bringing a vehicle from out of state

No emissions inspection required

Nevada

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 1 year in Clark and Washoe Counties

New Hampshire

Required every 1 year

Required every 1 year

New Jersey

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years

New Mexico

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years in Bernalillo County

New York

Required every 1 year

Required every 1 year

North Carolina

Required every 1 year

Required every 1 year in select counties

North Dakota

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Ohio

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years

Oklahoma

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Oregon

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years in Portland and Medford areas

Pennsylvania

Required every 1 year

Required every 1 year in select counties

Rhode Island

Required every 1 to 2 years

Required every 2 years

South Carolina

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

South Dakota

No periodic safety inspection required

No emissions inspection required

Tennessee

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 1 year in select counties

Texas

Required every 1 year

Required every 1 year in select areas

Utah

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years

Vermont

Required every 1 year

Required every 1 year

Virginia

Required every 1 year

Required every 2 years in select counties

Washington

No periodic safety inspection required

Required at timeframe based on model year

West Virginia

Required every 1 years

No emissions inspection required

Wisconsin

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years

Wyoming

No periodic safety inspection required

Required every 2 years

While this table of inspection requirements is a good rule of thumb to follow, certain types and model years of vehicles may be exempt. To learn more about the inspection requirements for your state, contact our team.

Learn More at Val-U-Line®

When you shop for a car at any one of our used car dealerships, we'll make sure you drive home in a vehicle that's affordable, dependable, and passes all state inspection requirements.

For more information about our reliable used cars or how we make sure they meet all inspection standards, get in touch with our team today!