Any Vermont registration plate faded to a point in which its numbers and letters have impaired identification must be replaced. A problem with the manufacturing process of plates produced between 2003 and 2005 may cause fading. Accordingly, a provision of law allows for replacement of faded plates at no cost to the owner if the fading is caused by faulty materials or a problem with the manufacturing process.
Owners of vehicles displaying faded registration plates should use the following procedure;
All motor vehicles registered in this state shall be inspected once each year at state approved inspection stations. Any newly registered vehicle not currently inspected in this state must be inspected within 15 days from the date of registration.
1996 and new gasoline powered vehicles, and 1997 and newer diesel powered vehicles having a gross vehicle rating of 8,500 pounds or less, must have an On-Board Diagnostics (OBDII) examination as part of their annual safety equipment inspection. The OBDII examination tests the emission control system of the vehicle.
Find an inspection station. See inspection history by VIN. See a list of vehicle components that will be checked by your Vermont state approved inspection station.