RMV Launches Updated Motor Vehicle Inspection Program

For Immediate Release: October 2, 2017

MassDOT Press Office: 857-368-8500

RMV Launches Updated Motor Vehicle Inspection Program

Drivers will not be impacted as inspection items and requirements remain unchanged


BOSTON – The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has announced that its new public motor vehicle inspection system is operational today across the Commonwealth and all service stations which completed their obligations for installing new equipment and participating in training for that equipment are now conducting public vehicle inspections using new state-of-the-art testing equipment that incorporates best inspection practices currently in place throughout the industry. The items checked on each vehicle as of October 1, are the same as the items checked per vehicle prior to October 1.

“The Registry of Motor Vehicles is pleased to implement key upgrades to the Auto Emissions and Safety Inspection Program,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney. “The purpose of the inspection program technology including the introduction of cameras is to further ensure that only safe, non-polluting vehicles are on Massachusetts roadways. Motorists will not be impacted by the changes to the inspection process, as the items on a personal vehicle checked now are the same items checked by inspectors prior to October 1.”

The requirements for motor vehicles to pass the annual state safety and combined safety/emissions inspection and the inspection process have not changed. Rather, the program has been enhanced by the use of still-photograph cameras, new wireless testing equipment, robust workstations that include two printers, new improved sticker technology to prevent fraud, tablets for RMV field staff to use for real-time reporting to ensure that each station and inspector are working in compliance with program requirements, and in several months will be enhanced with the use of video.

Effective now, service stations are using cameras to take still photographs of five things: the vehicle VIN number, vehicle odometer, vehicle front license plate, vehicle back license plate and of the staff member doing the inspection at the service station. The cameras will document the status of the vehi