Certified Motor Vehicle Inspector
A certified New York State motor vehicle inspector examines motor vehicles at a licensed New York State inspection station to ensure that motor vehicles operating on New York State highways meet all requirements established by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
Applicants seeking to become a certified motor vehicle inspector in New York State must submit an application (DMV Forms) to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Consumer and Facility Services, PO Box 2700, Albany, New York 12220-0700. The latest information and requirements for certification are available on the website of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. .
Applicants seeking to become a certified motor vehicle inspector in New York State must be at least 17 years of age.
Education and/or Experience
Applicants must have at least one year of experience in repairing motor vehicles within the last five years immediately preceding the date of filing an application, obtained in a firm in the automotive industry or in an approved cooperative work study program offering training in the automotive field; or a high school or vocational school diploma in vocational automotive trades or college certification of successful completion of first year course towards an AAS degree in automotive technology.
Fees: (as of August 1, 2012)
$25 -- $10 non-refundable application fee and $15 three-year certification fee.
$15 -- Three-year certification renewal fee
Applicants must attain a minimum passing score of 70 percent on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles written test.
- Group 1 allows an individual to conduct safety, diesel emissions, OBD II inspections, and low enhanced emissions inspections of motor vehicles that have a seating capacity, as indicated on the vehicle registration certificate, under 15 passengers, and motor vehicles and trailers under 18,001 pounds.
- Group 2 allows an individual to conduct safety and diesel emissions inspections of motor vehicles that have a seating capacity, as indicated on the vehicle registration certificate, over 14 passengers, motor vehicles and trailers that have a MGW, over 18,000 pounds and semi-trailers.
- Group 3 allows an individual to conduct safety inspections of motorcycles.
Licenses Issued and Active
From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, there were 3,828 original certifications issued.
As of June 10, 2012, there were 59,170 active certifications outstanding for certified motor vehicle inspector.
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Bureau of Consumer and Facility Services
P.O Box 2700
Albany, New York 12220-0700
Standard Occupational Classification
53-6051 - Transportation Inspectors
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 8/14/12.
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