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* Headlight Aimers & Window Tint Meters
* LT-300 Inspection Station Application
* LT-310 Inspector/Mechanic Certification
* LT-355 Day-To-Day Station Operation
* New eCommerce ACH Program
* New Statewide Inspection System
* Safety & Emissions Inspection Manual

Inspection Stations

Need a NC Inspection Station? Most service stations, automobile dealerships and vehicle repair garages are licensed inspection stations.

Window Tinting

Learn more about putting window tint on your vehicle:

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. .

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.
  • County Listing
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 one of these counties list you are required to have an emissions inspection.


The following types of vehicles do not need an OBD emissions inspection:

  • Model 1995 vehicles, or older
  • Diesel-operated vehicles
  • 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 Fees

    Please check with your inspection station prior to arrival for their list of acceptable forms of payment.

Accepted payment for transactions at DMV Offices includes cash, money order, personal checks[?]
Some offices accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards. Call ahead to confirm.

Safety & On-Board Diagnostic Inspections
On-Board Diagnostic Emissions Inspection [?] $30
Safety Inspection [?] $13.60

Vehicle Fees, Contact & Delivery Information

Email Us:
Mail Us:
N. C. Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Safety & On-Board Diagnostic Inspections, Contact Information

Electronic Vehicle Inspection Program

North Carolina vehicle safety and emissions inspections have gone electronic. This means that, since Nov. 1, 2008, windshield inspection stickers are not issued at your vehicle inspection.

Inspection mechanics will continue to issue a receipt showing the date, station and results of your inspection, and a record of your inspection will be entered into the DMV's vehicle registration database.

Failure to Pass Inspection

Unable to repair your vehicle?

If your car passes the safety inspection but fails the emissions inspection your vehicle may be eligible for a waiver if you meet the requirements imposed in North Carolina General Statute 20 – 183.5.

If you have questions regarding qualifications for a waiver: