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Old 05-26-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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So I know to register your car in VA you need to get a "safety inspection" so I'm just looking for some details on this. First of all, do I need this in addition to an emissions test?
Second, what exactly does the safety check look into?
Third, where exactly can you get them (any place that does stuff like oil changes? or someplace specific?) and approx. how much do they run?
Thanks guys!
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:58 PM
 
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There are two inspections, safety and emissions. Emissions is the one you must submit to register the car. The safety inspection is a sticker on the windshield that the police look for.

Inspection stations usually do both the safety and emissions inspections.....gas stations, garages, dealers operate them.

The safety inspection handbook is thick, but basically they check lights, brakes, tires, suspension, exhaust, glass, etc.

Safety inspection is $16 (done annually), emissions is $28 (good for 2 years).
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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There are two inspections, safety and emissions. Emissions is the one you must submit to register the car. The safety inspection is a sticker on the windshield that the police look for.

Inspection stations usually do both the safety and emissions inspections.....gas stations, garages, dealers operate them.

The safety inspection handbook is thick, but basically they check lights, brakes, tires, suspension, exhaust, glass, etc.

Safety inspection is $16 (done annually), emissions is $28 (good for 2 years).
Can you just get the safety inspection done? I don't need an emissions test b/c I'm coming from a state that also requires emissions tests, and mine are still valid. But thanks for clarifying
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:41 AM
 
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Can you just get the safety inspection done? I don't need an emissions test b/c I'm coming from a state that also requires emissions tests, and mine are still valid. But thanks for clarifying
Yes, you can. That was our case when we moved here from Seattle.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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To add to others' comments: All official state inspection stations will have prominent signs indicating that activity. If you fail any aspect of the inspection, you have 7 days (my best recollection) to have the repair done anywhere you choose, including by yourself. Avoid Saturdays at the end of a month, because the inspection line will be long. The best times are early in the morning, mid-week, and mid-month. Also, do not forget to register your auto with the county (can be done online).
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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I believe it is actually 2 weeks to rectify the problem that caused your car to fail the inspection. Some stations/techs are more rigorous in their inspections also so keep that in mind.
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:05 PM
 
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One common misconception is that it is legal to operate a car with a Rejection sticker for X number of days.........FALSE!

It is only legal to drive the car to where it will be repaired, and that's it.

The period of days is to have the car re-inspected (after repairs) without paying the inspection fee again.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:50 AM
 
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Is 'rear view mirror' requrie for safety inspection? My mirror fall down. I tried super glue, but it is not working. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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Check pepboys or autozone. They sell kits to mount rear view mirros
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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This is what they do

Virginia State Police - Safety Division

(Note # 10 - mirror)

P.S. If you're coming from out of state your emissions report will be good for one year, so if you don't want to get into a real hassle, just register the car for one year. I did this in August (car coming from PA) and we went through all the paperwork and paid, at which point the system refused to process the registration because the emissions test (1 year) didn't match the registration period (2 years). They sorted it out but it was time consuming.
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