Pennsylvania's auto inspection rules include verifying ownership, legality and financial responsibility. According to the rules, the first two are verifiable by a vehicle registration card, a title certificate or manufacturer origin statement. Financial responsibility is proven by a valid insurance card, a valid financial responsibility identification card or a valid self-insurance identification card.
The inspector is generally required to reject the vehicle if the VIN does not agree with the title or manufacturer's origin statement, though the inspector may make an exception if numbers are only transposed and the appropriate correction form has been filed. Other rejection reasons include the license plate numbers being obscured, the license plate hanging loosely, or no proof of financial responsibility.
Rejection reasons for financial responsibility include a lack of approved safety glazing, signs or posters obscuring the driver's view, a removed windshield, shattered glass, or windshield defects that obscure a driver's view. The rules also require checking of the door operation and tailgate, as well as the operation and condition of the mirrors. Inspectors also check the fenders, trunk, hood, bumpers, flooring and floor beds.
All lights, lamps and signals have to be operational and fuel tank caps must be in place. There may be no protruding metal or hazardous jagged pieces. All other vehicle parts that may present a hazard must be fixed or operational.