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.
The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles accepts
and American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards at all NCDMV office locations.
|On-Board Diagnostic Emissions Inspection [?]
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N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles
3148 Mail Service Center
Safety & On-Board Diagnostic Inspections,
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
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
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: