Schedule Your Maryland State Inspection
Most used vehicles must pass a safety inspection before they’re sold or transferred in the State of Maryland. Licensed inspection stations inspect the vehicles to ensure they conform to regulations governing safety and emissions. Additional information can be found on the MVA website.
Our Toyota of Bowie Inspector tests the brake system with a road test or test equipment in the station. The vehicle shouldn’t lock up or pull to the left or the right when the brake is applied, and there should be braking action on all wheels. A visual inspection is also done. The inspector must remove at least one front and one opposite rear wheel and look for defects. If he sees a problem, he must pull the other wheel on the same axle for a complete brake inspection. He also checks the condition of all mechanical components for worn, missing or defective parts.
Our Inspectors make a visual inspection of the tires, looking for tire wear, tread cuts, cracks in the sidewall, bumps or bulges, fabric breaks or exposed or damaged body cords. In addition, the inspector looks for mismatching of tires and insures that the tires are the correct size. He checks for wheel damage and inspects wheel bolts, nuts and lugs.
Our inspector checks the steering system, to make sure there aren’t any loose, damaged or worn parts. The steering wheel must be free from cracks or breaks and, if it’s a replacement wheel, it must be equivalent to the original.
Our inspector ensures there aren’t any holes or loose and leaking seams or joints anywhere on the exhaust system. This system includes the exhaust manifold, the muffler, resonator and tail piping as well as all piping connecting the various parts. He also makes sure the system is mounted properly and securely fastened.
The fuel system, including the fuel tank, fuel pump and the piping is inspected for leaks. In addition, our inspector checks to make sure the choke, hand throttle and accelerator all work correctly.
Bumpers are checked for sharp edges and broken or missing parts. The inspector insures that they’re mounted properly and can absorb a reasonable degree of impact. Bumpers must extend the full width of the vehicle and be the proper height for the type of vehicle. The inspector checks the fenders and flaps for tears or sharp edges and to make sure they’re securely fastened to the body, providing required coverage of wheels and tires.
A visual check insures that all interior and exterior lamps are working. Turn signals must properly indicate left and right. In addition, lamps must show proper colors and be mounted correctly. Cracked or broken tail lamps aren’t allowed. The inspector checks the entire electrical system to ensure all switches function, the horn works, wiring is properly insulated, connections are tight and secure, and the battery isn’t cracked, broken or excessively corroded.
Our inspector checks that the vehicle is equipped with all of its mirrors and that they’re properly mounted and can be adjusted to give an unobstructed view. Windows must open readily and contain the proper manufacturer’s markings for safety glazing. They can’t contain cracks, chips or discoloration. Windshield wipers must work correctly, and the blades can’t be worn, missing or broken.
All doors, latches, hinges and handles must work, and there can’t be any broken or missing parts. The odometer and the speedometer must be connected and working. Vehicles manufactured after 1964 must contain the correct number of working seat belts, and they can’t be worn, frayed or broken. The inspector performs a visual check to insure motor mounts aren’t missing or broken, and he checks the universal and constant velocity joints for damage and wear. There can’t be any holes in the floor or trunk.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I need a MVA State Inspection?
If you are selling or transferring your vehicle to someone other than a spouse, parent or child. If you have just moved to Maryland and need to register your vehicle.
What is the purpose of getting my vehicle Maryland Inspected?
Maryland inspection is performed to make sure that a vehicle meets certain minimum safety standards as established by the state.
Do I need an appointment?
Appointments are strongly recommended. Scheduling in advance will ensure that we can service your vehicle at a time that is convenient for you and minimize your wait time.
My vehicle just passed inspection in another state do I still need a Maryland State Inspection?
Yes. Every state has different safety standards and some states may check more items than others. In general most vehicles that have been well maintained can easily meet Maryland state safety standards.
My vehicle did not pass what do I do now?
You have several options: Maryland law allows 30 days or 1,000 miles to complete the repairs, if you complete the repairs in the specified time frame you will be issued a certificate of compliance. If you do not complete the repairs in the specified time frame you will need to have a complete new inspection
Is window tint allowed in Maryland?
Yes, but under the following conditions: On trucks & vans, the rear windows may be as dark as you like. Front passenger & drivers windows on trucks and vans and all glass on passenger vehicles (except windshield) are permitted to have window tint as long as it allows at least 35% light transmittance. In order for tint to be approved by the inspection facility, you must have your vehicle tint certified by the Maryland State Police Automotive Safety Enforcement Division (ASED) 410- 768-7388. Once the tint has been certified by ASED you will be issued window tint decals and a letter of Window Tint Certification which must be returned to the original inspection station. The authorized Maryland Inspection station may than issue your final Certificate of Vehicle Inspection.