Changes Coming To New Jersey Motor Vehicle Inspections

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission will begin rolling out some changes to its vehicle inspection program starting on May 1, 2016.

One new change is that vehicles which fail initial inspection must now be re-inspected at private inspection facilities, for a fee to be paid by the vehicle owner, rather than the state hosting those secondary inspections at its facilities for no charge.

Initial inspections will still be conducted free of charge at state-operated stations. The NJMVC website indicates these changes will not take effect until after a contract is awarded and customers will be notified of these changes when their vehicle is due for inspection.

Another change is in the inspection requirements for certain vehicles. Due to the cessation of tailpipe emission testing, the following passenger vehicles now will be exempted from inspection:

Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 1995 & older with a GVWR 8,500 pounds or less.

Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 2007 & older with a GVWR 8,501 to 14,000 pounds.

Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 2013 & older with a GVWR 14,001 pounds or more.

Registrants of these vehicles will receive written notice of the new policy six to eight weeks prior to their next scheduled inspection. They are instructed to remove their inspection sticker once it expires, and keep the notice with their vehicle.

Law enforcement has been apprised of these changes, so as to prevent unnecessary stops of vehicles without inspection stickers.

However, drivers of vehicles no longer eligible for inspection will still be responsible for proper maintenance of those cars, and may be cited at any time for malfunctioning or missing equipment.

All commercial vehicles currently requiring an inspection will now be inspected at the Private Inspection Facilities.

For more information go to the NJDMV website:

By: Jay Edwards
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QUAKERBRIDGE, NJ - JULY 3: A New Jersey Motor Vehicle Inspection Station remains closed July 3, 2006 in Quakerbridge, New Jersey. Non-essential New Jersey government services have been shut down due to a state budget crisis. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)