What the NJ State Inspection Covers for Your Vehicle

If you live in New Jersey and own a vehicle, you’re probably aware of the inspections you’re required to have every two years or every five years, depending on the age of your vehicle, to keep your registration current. There are two main parts to an inspection which covers both safety and emissions. Here’s a look at just what the NJ state inspection covers for your vehicle.


Checked for Safety

The first part of the inspection is to make sure your vehicle meets state safety requirements. The inspectors check the following components of your vehicle:

  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Headlights
  • Tires
  • Wiring and Switching
  • Brakes
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Horn
  • Secure Gas Cap


Emissions Testing

During an emissions test, the inspector is ensuring that the levels of toxic fumes produced by your vehicle do not exceed the state’s defined limits. The test measures the amount of tailpipe emissions produced by your vehicle’s engine. The result will tell the inspector whether or not your vehicle meets regulations. You will receive a printout stating whether or not your vehicle passed at the end of the test.


What Happens if Your Vehicle Fails

If your vehicle fails either the safety or emissions tests, you will be given a document stating the amount of time you have to complete the necessary repairs and have your vehicle retested. All vehicles are required to pass to renew the registration on the vehicle.


Be Prepared

It’s important to be prepared when taking your vehicle to an inspection site. Make sure you bring the following materials:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid Vehicle Registration
  • Insurance ID Card from the State of New Jersey OR and E-card visible on a smartphone


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