Last updated on March 16th, 2021
Every vehicle that is registered in the state of Vermont is required to undergo a safety inspection annually. If your vehicle is newer than the year 1996 and is powered by gasoline or is newer than 1997 and is powered by diesel and weighs less than 8500 pounds, this also means that you will be required to have an onboard diagnostic tests performed.
This test is in response to the states smog and emissions requirements. You can have both the safety inspection and the Vermont emissions test performed at the same time and at the same location.
Moving to Vermont
When you move to the state, you will have 15 days from the date you register your vehicle to have the Vermont inspection completed and to bring your vehicle in for a smog check. It is important that your vehicle is ready so that you will not have issues during this time.
Inspections for checking the safety of your vehicle are pretty straightforward in the state of Vermont. First, the technician will verify your registration, which must be current and accurate in regards to the vehicle. Next, you will have to provide the technician with your insurance. You should make sure that it complies with the regulations that had been set in place before you have your vehicle tested.
Finally the vehicle identification number is compared to the documentation that you have provided. Once all of the documentation portion has been verified, the technician will then check some of the basic components of your vehicle to make sure they are in working order.
For example, all safety equipment will be checked, such as seatbelts. Other items such as your mirrors, bumpers and windshield wipers will also been checked. The technician will also check your tires and wheels and look for any issues that may be causing problems with your steering and suspension.
Your brakes and lighting equipment will also be reviewed as will your windshield, Windows, and intent. Finally, your exhaust system will be checked and your emissions will be reviewed to make sure there are no issues with you, catalytic converter, or the fuel system that can cause leaking.
An onboard diagnostic inspection tests will also be performed and your technician will fill out a report at this time as well. If you pass the test, you will be provided an inspection sticker to be placed on your windshield until your vehicle is ready to be inspected once again.
If you happen to fail the tests, you will be required to make all necessary repairs and have the vehicle retested before you are able to receive your registration from the state. It is important to keep your vehicle compliant with the rules that have been set forth by the state so that other drivers on the road as well as you and your passengers are safe while you’re driving your vehicle.
This also allows you to have the benefit of reducing the emissions that your vehicle produces so that you are able to keep the environment healthy and air quality clean. Citizens of Vermont should be well aware of how their vehicles affect the air quality and should make sure that they followed laws that have been put in place to protect it.