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What if my vehicle failed inspection?

If your vehicle passes inspection, a new sticker is placed on the windshield and you don’t have to return for re-inspection for up to two years. If your vehicle fails inspection, then a red sticker is placed on the windshield.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Vehicles must be properly maintained at all times. Law enforcement can issue you a summons whenever you drive a vehicle that has failed inspection. Red, failed inspection stickers do not prevent citations. There is no grace period.

What to do when your vehicle fails inspection
Download a helpful brochure [pdf] to follow step-by-step instructions for repairs and reinspection. Remember to bring your vehicle inspection report and completed emission repair form with you when you return for reinspection.

Inspection Report
You will receive a report to help determine what caused the problem and how much time you have to fix it. There are different requirements for emissions defects.

Emissions repairs
If your vehicle fails for emissions violations, you must have the repairs completed by a registered Emissions Repair Facility (ERF) or you may make them yourself . For your convenience, you may find an ERF using our online search or by calling 1-888-NJ-MOTOR.

When you fail the inspection, you will get an Emissions Repair Form and a Vehicle Inspection Report that will help determine what caused the emissions problem. Be sure to bring your Vehicle Inspection Report and Emission Repair Form to the repair facility for the ERF to complete.

If your vehicle did not pass the enhanced emissions inspection, it is producing more pollutants than the standard for its model year - check if it is still under warranty and contact your manufacturer.

If your vehicle fails inspection, you have up to one month from the last day of the month indicated on the inspection sticker to make repairs and return for re-inspection at a state inspection facility or state-licensed private inspection facility (N.J.A.C. 13:20-7.5). Vehicles overdue for inspection do not receive additional time to make necessary repairs (N.J.A.C. 13:20-43.12). Your vehicle may still be cited by law enforcement for equipment out of compliance.

Re-Inspection at State Inspection Facilities
If your vehicle fails inspection and your vehicle can be re-inspected at a State Inspection Facility. Check here for details.