Whether you just bought a car or recently moved to Maryland, you are required to get MD State Inspection in order to get the car registered. If you are not ready to take your car for a state inspection, you can obtain a temporary registration if you wish by going to a tag and title or the MVA.
If you just bought a car without a Safety Inspection, go to the MVA or any Tage and Title to obtain a 30-day temporary registration. This will allow you to drive the vehicle to an authorized auto repair shop to complete the safety inspection. Once pass Maryland inpsection, you need to go back to receive your permanent registration. Maryland state inspection is one of the stringent in the country. It is also a painful experience and a money-making business for auto repair shops.
Some things to keep in mind.
The Maryland State Police oversee the Maryland State Inspection. The inspections are performed by authorized auto repair shops throughout the State of Maryland. Vehicle inspection certificates can be issued by any authorized auto repair shop. Once you register the car, two to three months later you will receive a letter to take your car for the Emission Inspections at one of Vehicle Emission Inspection Station (VEIP Stations).
If you are going to register and drive a car in Maryland, it is necessary that you have a recent safety inspection certificate before you can tag and title the car. All of the following require an inspection certificate:
The inspection can be ordered by the seller or the buyer. A seller can sell a car as is, with no inspection completed. If you are the buyer and purchased a used car without an inspection, you can have your certified auto repair shop perform the inspection for you. You will not be able to get your permanent registration until you provided a valid inspection certificate. You can get a 30-day temporary registration without the inspection certificate. If you receive an inspection certificate from the buyer, make sure that:
Before you head over to the MVA to register your car, make sure you have added the new car to your car insurance policy. You will need to provide a copy of the insurance policy showing the car that you are about to register. A printed copy is sufficient.
If the vehicle is offered for sale a Maryland Dealer then the certificate is valid for six (6) months or the car should not have more than 1,000 miles than the mileage on the Inspection Certificate. MD Dealers cannot sell cars without a safety inspection.
If you just moved to Maryland you are required to register the car in the state of Maryland. There may be some exceptions if you are in the state temporarily, for example, as a student. Complete the safety inspection before you head over to the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), or as DMV as it is called in some states. You are required to register the car in Maryland within 60 days of moving to the state. Make sure to bring documents to verify your address as well. Read this article if you just moved to Maryland, New to Maryland Titling and Registering your vehicle information.
Most auto repair shops have at least one car mechanic that has gone through the training and been authorized to perform Maryland State Inspection. Car maintenance facilities that have been authorized by the State to complete car inspections should have a sign similar to this. Click Here to find an Authorized Maryland State Inspector.
Maryland State Inspection is one of the most rigorous in the United States. Here are the systems that are inspected for cars and trucks.
Source: Maryland Vehicle Administration
The paper inspection is being phased out. MVA is implementing the new online e-inspection system called: Maryland Safety Inspection System. See below. Here is an original Motor Vehicle Inspection Report for a car in the State of Maryland. This form is used for cars, truck, VAN, SUVs. Trailers, Motorcycles, 3 wheel MPV and vehicles over 10,000 pounds use a different form similar to this.
In 2016, Maryland State Police implemented the Maryland Safety Inspection System. All the auto repair shops will eventually be required to switch to the new MSIS system. The inspection itself is still the same. The main advantage of the MSIS, is that if you inspect the car at one station, it will be stored in the database. Take it to another mechanic for inspection, they will be able to see why the previous station failed the car. Once the inspection is completed and has been submitted as PASS in the MSIS, an inspection certificate will automatically be sent to the MVA. The new online MD State Inspection Demo is currently available online if you would like to take a look at it. Car mechanics are required to be trained on the new online MSIS system. Check out the online MSIS here: New Maryland State Inspection Demo Here is a picture from the demo of the new online Maryland Safety Inspection System.
If you failed the Maryland State Inspection, don't panic. You are very frustrated at his point, we understand. Did you know that very few used cars pass the inspection on the first try. Vehicle safety inspections are a very lucrative source of income for auto repair shops in Maryland. Unfortunately, some of them abuse the process.
We are not saying that all car mechanics take advantage of the state inspections, as there are lots of honest auto mechanics out there. Be diligent and read some online reviews, before you take the car in for inspection. We have seen cars fail for "problems" such as exhaust leaks where the hole was the size of a needle. How about failing for marks on the windshield from the wiper blades.
All the problems listed on the inspection report need to be addressed. It doesn't matter who fixes them. You can have the car serviced at any mechanic you choose. Here are your options:
Check with the station where you inspect the car if they charge a re-inspection fee. Generally speaking, if the same mechanic performs the repairs, they don't charge a reinspection fee. It is likely that if you go to another auto maintenance facility, the inspection station will charge a reinspection fee. The mechanic will check only the items that failed the first time. Based on our experience, when the car is taken back for reinspection it is not looked at thoroughly as it was the first time.
MD State inspection cost varies from $60 to $110. The average MD state inspection is $80. Some shops charge reinspection fees while others don't. It is up to the shop to charge a reinspection. It doesn't mean that because one mechanic charges more for the inspection; he will do a better job.
It is to your advantage to find an inspection station that only does the MD State inspection and doesn't do car repairs. They tend only to focus on safety problems and not items which are related to maintenance.
Ask the mechanic who is doing the MD state inspection if they charge a reinspection fee if case your car fails MD inspection. It is very common for cars that are over 4 years old to fail for things such as wipers blades, burned bulb, wheel bearing, brake pads or tires.
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Yes, you do. After you register your car, two to three months later you will receive a letter in the mail to take your vehicle in for Vehicle Emission Inspection at a VEIP station. This is what an MD Emission Inspection Notice looks like.
Will I fail Safety Inspection if my check engine is ON?
No, you will not. You will fail the emission test which you are required to complete 2 to 3 months after you register the car.
Here is the contact information.
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