A motor vehicle registered in North Carolina must pass an annual safety inspection before it can be renewed. Inspections must be conducted no more than 90 days before expiration.
- In State Inspections
- Out of State Inspections
- What about Emissions?
- What do I need to send?
- Where to send proof of inspections?
- How long does it take to update?
- When can I renew?
In State Inspections
Visit the NCDOT for more information on In State Inspections.
Out of State Inspections
If you are currently living in another state and your vehicle is up for renewal, you can still get your vehicle inspected in that state. However, you will need both a safety inspection as well as an emissions inspection.
What about Emissions?
Emissions inspections are required for vehicles registered in North Carolina even if you currently reside out of state.
What do I need to send?
- Scan or Picture of your Inspections (both back and front pages)
- Vin Number
- License Plate
Where to send proof of inspections?
Send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does it take to update?
It will take the NCDMV one business day to update their records.
When can I renew?
Once the NCDMV has updated their records, you can renew your registration online!