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N.C. Inspection History

The History of Auto Inspections in the United States

The first safety inspection program in the United States, introduced in Massachusetts in 1926. Today, 18 states and the District of Columbia maintain safety inspection programs. As one of them, North Carolina safety inspections began in 1966.

North Carolina established emissions inspections to test vehicles to determine whether their pollution controls are working correctly. Using onboard diagnostics systems installed on new

cars and trucks since 1996, technicians can check to see how vehicle equipment controls nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, the leading cause of ozone, acid rain and haze in North Carolina.

The 2002 legislation which established emissions inspections in North Carolina was the Clean Smokestacks Act, which requires coal‐burning power plants to reduce emissions of harmful air and pollutants over ten years. The same legislation also requires a reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, found in vehicles without adequately working emissions controls.

Starting in July 2002, the state initiated onboard diagnostic (OBD) emissions inspections in nine counties. By 2006, another 39 counties were added to bring 48 counties under emissions.

requirements established to keep the state’s air quality in compliance with guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Since November 1, 2008, North Carolina’s vehicle safety and emissions inspections began to add to the vehicle’s registration record electronically. It means that your inspection station no longer issues windshield inspection stickers. The vehicle’s safety and emissions inspections are due the same month as the vehicle’s registration renewal. Examinations must be obtained no more than 90 days before registration renewal is due. Remember to get your car inspected before attempting to renew your registration.

Safety and Emissions Inspection  Services/Locations

Wake Forest Location
Wake Forest NC
Garner and Raleigh Location
Garner and Raleigh NC
Inspection station holly springs.
Holly Springs NC

Inspection Services

RU Due Inspections
Police Officer Checking Tint Darkness
Window Tint Pass?
Nitrogen Filling Station
Nitrogen Filling

Safety and Emission inspections are mandatory in North Carolina.  Inspections are all we do, so we can get you in and out fast.  Find a location in Wake Forest, Garner, Raleigh and Holly Springs. Or get additional information about NC Inspections.

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