There are numerous private and state-operated motor vehicle inspection stations located throughout New Jersey. The website of the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission features a search function that allows searches for both private and state-run inspection stations in an area or specific county.
The website also allows users to check on the approximate waiting times at a particular inspection station by viewing the live station cameras. The state-operated inspection stations in Salem, Cape May and Washington also allow individuals to make an appointment online. There is no additional charge to have a vehicle inspected at a state-operated facility, beyond the annual registration fee. However, a private inspection stations generally charge a fee for inspecting a vehicle.
New Jersey regulations require every vehicle to be inspected once every two years, except in the case of new vehicles, which do not need another inspection for five years after the original inspection. In order to obtain an inspection, a valid driver's license, valid vehicle registration and State of New Jersey Insurance Identification Card are required. When having a vehicle inspected, the driver must be at least 17 years old, but they do not have to be the owner of the vehicle.