Vehicle Inspections

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The following is a list of vehicle components that will be checked and steps taken by your Vermont state approved inspection station:

Vehicle Components

Vehicle Documentation:

  • Fill out vehicle work order for inspection
  • Verify registration certificate is current, accurate, and in agreement with vehicle
  • Verify insurance document is current, accurate, and in agreement with vehicle
  • Verify public VIN on vehicle dashboard and match to vehicle documentation


  • Verify vehicle is equipped with seat belts (1964 & newer) and verify functionality


  • Check interior rearview mirror
  • Check exterior rearview mirror
  • Check windshield wipers for correct operation and condition of blades
  • Check bumpers and fenders
  • Check for protruding metal
  • Check for sun visors

Tires & Wheels:

  • Measure tires for wear
  • Check tires for cuts, snags, and cracks
  • Check tires for bumps, bulges, and knots
  • Check tire labeling for restricted usage
  • Check wheel bolts, nuts, or lugs
  • Check wheel for damage
  • Check function of TPMS system
  • Check for proper tire size
  • Check for proper inflation
  • Ensure tires do not protrude past fender walls

Steering & Suspension:

  • Check for lash or free play in steering system
  • Check power steering system for operation, fluid level, and leaks
  • Check ball joints for movement
  • Check ball joint assembly for seizure due to rust
  • If ball joint movement is detected, check tolerance with tool (use manufacturer spec's)
  • Check torsion bars or springs
  • Check tire rod ends
  • Check tie rods for seizure due to rust
  • Check condition of shock absorbers and struts
  • Check wheel bearings
  • Check axle shaft


  • Check for brake failure and ABS indicator lamp operation
  • Check brake system integrity
  • Check parking brake functionality
  • Check brake failure lamp
  • Check master cylinder lines and wheel brakes for signs of leakage
  • Check brake hoses for integrity, cracks, and wear
  • Road test brakes (stop within 25 feet at 20 mph)
  • Verify critical vehicle instrumentation (odometer & speedometer)

Lighting & Electrical System:

  • Perform a visual check of all lamp functionality
  • Ensure fog and driving lights illuminate with corresponding headlight beams
  • Check headlight aim
  • Check switches and functions of directional controls
  • Check defroster function
  • Check horn function
  • Check for exposed wiring for damage and poor connections
  • Check lights for cracks, leaks, or insufficient repairs
  • Check for unauthorized after-market lighting
  • Check airbag readiness light


  • Check windshield glass for cracks, chips, and discoloration
  • Check left front window for visibility and operation of all windows
  • Check for incorrect sticker placement or other visual restrictions
  • Check glass to the left & right of the driver position for after-market tinting


  • Check integrity of floor pan and trunk area
  • Check frame and body mounts

Exhaust System:

  • Check vehicle muffler
  • Check for after-market uncertified muffler
  • Check for loose joints or leaking joints
  • Check for leaks caused by corrosion, seams, or patches on muffler or tailpipe
  • Check tailpipe end for restrictions
  • Check for exhaust system modifications allowing excessive noise
  • Ensure no part of the exhaust system passes through the passenger compartment

Fuel System:

  • Ensure system is securely attached
  • Check for vapor or fuel leakage
  • Check for proper routing of fuel lines
  • Check fuel tank and/or auxiliary fuel tank, or jug stored in vehicle

Emission System:

  • Check catalytic converter if so equipped
  • Ensure fuel cap is present and secure
  • Perform OBDII check (1996 & newer vehicles - use CAN protocol scan tool)
  • Fill out OBDII form


  • Fill out inspection sticker, use correct numeric insert & affix to vehicle
  • Fill out inspection log sheet

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Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

Monday-Friday: 7:45am-4:30pm
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