Vehicle inspections

All vehicles registered in Massachusetts must pass a yearly vehicle inspection.

What to know

The Massachusetts Vehicle Check program is the vehicle emissions testing and safety inspection program for the Commonwealth.

  • All vehicles driven on Massachusetts roads must pass an annual safety inspection
  • The Massachusetts Vehicle Check annual inspection fee is $35 for most vehicles. Inspection stations providing a commercial inspection are permitted to charge more, consistent with nationwide industry practice.
  • Motorcycles require an annual safety inspection which is performed at licensed Class M motorcycle inspection stations. The fee is $15.
  • If your motor vehicle passes the annual inspection, you will receive an inspection sticker. This sticker is valid for one year  and will expire on the final day of the month indicated on the sticker
  • If your motor vehicle fails the inspection, you will receive a "reject" sticker. If your motorcycle fails the inspection, you will not receive a new sticker.
  • Vehicles with onboard diagnostic systems manufactured after model year 2002 must pass an annual emissions test
  • Inspections are offered at more than 1,800 licensed inspection stations in Massachusetts
  • Fleets of commercial motor vehicles can be tested by mobile inspectors who bring testing equipment to company lots, or by a company employee who is licensed to conduct inspections
  • The Massachusetts Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspection is equivalent to the annual Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) inspection. This allows commercial motor vehicle owners to meet state and federal requirements with one inspection.
  • Driving any motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker is a traffic violation and can result in a fine and affect your insurance rate

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