The Unofficial PA Safety Inspection Site

This is an unofficial website with helpful links and information for technicians performing PA Vehicle Safety Inspection.  

Latest News:  Heavy Trucks will soon be Annual Inspection!  Beginning February 2, 2017 all Motor Carrier Vehicles and combinations with a GVWR greater than 17,000 pounds (except farm vehicles) will be inspected annually instead of semi-annually.  Click here for more information.

Warning:  Do Not Let Your State Inspection License Expire! 

Online recertification testing is now required.  You can begin your recertification 180 days from when your license expires. 
If you have not yet received your notice from PennDOT and feel you should have, please call 717-787-2895.  If an inspector does not complete the recertification testing prior to expiration they will need to retake the entire 12 hour inspector course.  Click here for more information. 

The Inspection Regulations were updated in October of 2013.  Are you aware of all of the updates?   These include: 
  • Load range of tires is now a rejectable condition and it must meet the manufacturer's minimum recommendations. 
  • To pass inspection, a vehicle must have the interior rear view mirror if originally equipped. 
  • It is legal for motorcycles to have handle bars above the operator's shoulder level. 
  • A vehicle fails inspection if a license plate cover obscures the state name on the license plate.
  • New certified inspection mechanic cards will have an expiration of 5 years from the date of issue. 

PennDOT has added a new definition.  Do you know what an "Autocycle" is?  Click here for more information. 

LEGISLATION ALERT!! - Have you heard about the PA Senate Bill 332 and House Bill 1333 that stands to change PA Emissions and Safety inspection requirements for newer vehicles?

 Click here to view the specifics of Senate Bill 332. 

UPDATE:  Study done in 2015 proves Safety Inspection works!

I hope you found our free Pennsylvania Safety Inspection information helpful to you!