What States Require Vehicle Inspection Stickers?

The states in the United States that require regular vehicle safety inspections and stickers are Delaware, Illinois, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The District of Colombia also requires an inspection sticker.

Some states require safety inspections only in specific situations. Alabama and Maryland only require a safety inspection and sticker when a car is sold or transferring ownership in any way. Nebraska only requires an inspection sticker when the vehicle is being transferred from out of state.

In addition to or in place of safety inspections, some states require regular emissions inspections. These states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The District of Colombia also requires emissions inspections biennially.

Some states, such as Colorado, Kentucky, Florida and Wyoming, require a VIN inspection when a vehicle is transferred from out of state.

Some states that do not require any of the previously named inspections include Montana, Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota.