How do I get my vehicle inspected?
Changes effective August 1, 2010: emissions check only
Vehicles need to be inspected once every two years in New Jersey, except for new vehicles, which are given a five-year inspection. Check the inspection sticker on your windshield to find the date your vehicle is due. You may get an inspection up to two months prior to the expiration date.
Pick an inspection facility
Bring the right documents (photocopy, fax or e-mail unacceptable):
- Valid driver license; you must be at least 17 years old. Driver does not need to be vehicle owner
- Valid vehicle registration document (online renewal receipt unacceptable)
- State of New Jersey Insurance Identification Card. For ID card specifications, download NJ Dept. of Banking & Insurance regulations [pdf]
- Surname of the insured must match owner’s surname on vehicle registration
- Leasing companies must be listed as owner on leased vehicle ID cards
- Owner insured fleet, dealer or leasing company insurance ID cards are acceptable with the words "All Owned Vehicles" or "Fleet" inserted in the vehicle description portion of the card
- Insured name and owner name, matching the vehicle registration, are required for "Fleet" leased vehicle ID cards
Make an appointment
Check wait times
- You can make an appointment online for State inspection facilities in Salem, Cape May or Washington (Warren county)
- If your location doesn’t require an appointment, you can check wait times at State inspection stations online or by calling (609) 620-7992
- Customer service representatives available:
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F
7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sa
Effective August 1, 2010, motorcycles are no longer required to submit for an inspection in New Jersey and display registration decals. Registration decals will no longer be issued. Decals may be removed from license plates.
Motorcycles should be examined to ensure that every component is working in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and is not bent, loose, damaged, broken, defective or out of alignment. These components include:
Riders should keep in mind that it is their responsibility to make sure their motorcycles are free from mechanical defects and are operating properly. Law enforcement may still cite a cyclist for equipment out of compliance or failure to make repairs.
Motorcycle owner checklist and protective equipment:
- License plate and current registration
- Valid insurance card
- Valid motorcycle driver license
- USDOT approved non-reflective helmet with four inches of reflective tape on each side
- Approved goggles or face shield if motorcycle is not equipped with an approved wind screen
Additional information on motorcycle safety and training is available online.
- Steering, suspension, and wheel alignment
- Handlebar grips that are not higher than your shoulders when you are seated on the motorcycle in normal driving position
- Red rear light and reflector
- Stop light
- Head light
- Rear view mirror
- Exhaust system
- Seat, hand holds, and foot rests
- Adequate brakes (all motorcycles made after 1974 require brakes on front and rear wheels)