Massachusetts Car Inspection Stations
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The Registry of Motor Vehicles requires that all vehicles, whether new or used, be inspected within seven calendar days of registration in order for them to be operated on Commonwealth roadways.
Find a car inspection station near you.
If your vehicle fails to pass inspection within seven days from the date of sale and if the estimated costs of repairs of emissions or safety related defects exceed 10 percent of the purchase price, you may be entitled to relief under provisions of the Massachusetts Lemon Aid Law.
Finding Participating Car Emissions Stations across Massachusetts. If you need to locate a car inspection station, you can use this link to Search for an inspection station near you.
When should my vehicle be inspected?
Your vehicle must be tested for safety every year and for emissions every other year. You need to have your vehicle tested before the current inspection sticker expires. To avoid end-of-the-month lines, have your vehicle tested in the middle of the month.
How can I find the nearest inspection station to me?
Massachusetts Inspection station location information is available on the inspection stations page listed in this profile, or at the toll-free Motorist Hotline at 1-877-387-8234. Motorists may also look for the Enhanced Emissions Safety Test logo to be posted in front of licensed inspection stations.
Are appointments available for the Enhanced Emission and Safety Test?
RMV Regulations require stations to maintain hours of inspection for the convenience of the moroting public. Some stations offer appointments during certain times of the day.
Can I pay for the test with a credit card?
Many stations will take a credit card payment in lieu of cash. However, it's best to call the station and ask them their preferred form of payment.
How to Shop for Car Inspection Repairs:
Failed the emissions test? Need help finding a shop to repair your vehicle?
By using the Emissions Repair Success Rating (ERSR), also known as the Repair Shop Report Card, you can easily find a registered repair shop with a good record of successfully making emissions-related repairs before the first re-test.
What does the Report Card tell you about registered repair shops?
The Report Card grades registered repair shops on a five-point scale. Five is the highest rating. Shops with the highest scores have a record of successfully making emissions-related repairs before the first re-test.
The state recommends using registered repair shops since they employ repair technicians experienced in diagnosing and repairing emissions-related malfunctions.
Registered repair technicians are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), trained by industry experts, and tested on their knowledge of emissions-related repairs.
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