The Department of Motor Vehicles is integrating electronic data collection and management into Vermont's Safety and Emissions Inspection process. This is a major effort to improve program effectiveness and efficiency that is known as the Automated Vehicle Inspection Program or AVIP.
It is important to note that inspection regulations have not changed.
- Improve air quality and enhance highway safety
- Provide immediate and comprehensive information to motorists
- Improve inspection sticker inventory and inspection account management
- Reduce fraud and inspection errors by inspection mechanics and improve inspection station audit management
- Provide a real-time centralized collection of inspection results, streamline the inspection process, and eliminate unnecessary paperwork
- Enable more effective program management and customer service through enhanced communication with the DMV
- Enable immediate notification to inspection stations about vehicle safety issues
- Measure program effectiveness through the analysis of vehicle safety and emission failure data
Inspection stations in Vermont are privately owned and operated by our business partners. Inspection stations and certified Inspection Mechanics are licensed by DMV to conduct inspections as prescribed in the three Vermont Periodic Inspection Manuals. Vermont has required safety inspections on vehicles since 1935 and inspection procedures became Administrative Rules in the 1960s. Emissions inspections have been required since 1997. DMV currently licenses, regulates and manages approximately 1,600 inspection station licenses and the licenses of approximately 5,000 certified Inspection Mechanics.
- The DMV will no longer be using carbon paper and pens to manage, service, and regulate licensed inspection stations and certified technicians.
- We will be able to acquire and analyze critical statistical data regarding vehicle inspections. This will directly benefit public safety and air quality, as the State will be better equipped to identify frequent and common safety and emission component failures.
- We will be able to monitor for potential unscrupulous practices more effectively and have an electronic mechanism in place to instantly communicate with inspection stations and certified technicians. In doing so, important safety bulletins and crucial messages can be conveyed immediately, in lieu of paper notifications sent through the mail.
- The new AVIP will better allow the State to serve our inspection stations and licensed inspection technicians, along with facilitating an enhanced level of public safety. We will be better prepared and positioned to leverage our limited human resources in a targeted and more effective manner
What's changed for motorists?
Motorists will be provided a detailed inspection report after inspection that summarizes the results of your safety and emissions inspection (if applicable). The system will notify you of active recalls on your vehicle, so you can take appropriate steps to address them. Vermont will be the first state in the nation to provide this data at the time of inspection. Your inspection mechanic will have the ability to document suggestions for future repairs and maintenance, and will be able to provide the specific legal inspection and rejection criteria for each component of your vehicle subject to a safety inspection. In doing so, you'll be better informed and equipped to make important decisions regarding your vehicle's maintenance. The emission inspection for your vehicle will be administered in accordance with EPA and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation standards, so you can be sure you've done your part to help keep our air clean.
- The new AVIP includes a public portal where detailed inspection history can be accessed for all vehicles in Vermont that have undergone a state inspection.
- Motorists will be able to access their own vehicle’s inspection history and the history of other vehicles, identified by the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Only vehicle information relative to safety and emissions inspections will be made available. This will allow you to make more informed decisions about maintaining your own vehicle and will equip you with additional knowledge when considering purchasing a previously owned vehicle.
- An interactive map will be provided for convenience in locating and contacting licensed inspection stations.
About Our Partner
After a competitive procurement, Parsons was contracted by the State of Vermont to provide services for the AVIP, including inspection equipment, maintenance and support, program administration and a Technical Support Hotline. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is working with Parsons on the AVIP modernization project. Parsons has been designing, implementing, and managing vehicle inspection programs throughout North America for more than three decades. Currently, Parsons manages emissions and safety inspection programs in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Ontario. Inspection stations electing to continue to administer safety and emission testing will work together with the State and Parsons.
Questions and Feedback
Please use our online contact form to ask questions about the AVIP program.