What is a North Carolina State Inspection?


North Carolina state inspections have been mandatory since 1964. NC state inspection are required when it’s time for you to renew your car registration. There are two parts to the state inspection: an emissions check and a safety check. All vehicles on the roads that are under 35 years old have to have both inspections done yearly. Vehicles that are exempt from the emissions check include:

What happens during the state inspection?

Emissions Testing

This is commonly known as the “Smog Test”. During this test, a computer is hooked up to your exhaust pipe to monitor the amount of pollutants that are being put out by your car.

Safety Inspections

The safety inspections make sure that your car is in a safe, working order. Parts of your car that are inspected include:

  • Tires are checked for condition and quality.
  • Lights are tested includeing brakes, headlights, and turn signals.
  • Windshield wipers are tested to ensure your safety in inclement weather.
  • Windows are inspected for cracks that may impair your vision.
  • The horn is also tested to be sure it works.

For more information on the North Carolina Inspection head to your local auto repair center or head over to DMV.org.

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