NC State Vehicle Inspections

North Carolina State Inspections

In the state of North Carolina, a vehicle must pass a safety inspection before it can be registered or have the registration renewed. The goal of this test is to make sure that all automobiles on the road are safe enough to drive on the road and have been inspected thoroughly to ensure that everything is working properly. Any aftermarket window tinting must be inspected to meet state guidelines. In 19 North Carolina counties, including Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, and Lincoln, all vehicles are also expected to pass an emissions test which the Tire Max team can perform at the same time as your safety inspection.

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During a safety inspection, our team thoroughly checks all the components of your vehicle as required by state law including the headlights and accessory lights, turn signal indicator, brakes, steering system, tires, horn, rearview mirrors, windshield wipers, and exhaust system. Our goal is to send you back out onto the road with a passing inspection, which is why even if we come across a problem, we do our best to fix your vehicle so you can get back to your day.


To keep environmental disruption as minimal as possible, counties in the Piedmont Triad also require an emissions inspection, which can be performed at the same time as a safety inspection. During an emissions inspection, our team will investigate several parts of the vehicle including the gas tank and gas cap to make sure that all components are up to code. If we find something out of the ordinary, we will determine the best course of action to fix it so your car can continue to be legally driven.


If you are having trouble starting your engine, you may need a battery replacement. Although new batteries generally perform well for the first three to five years before they are likely to malfunction, battery life can be shortened from extreme weather conditions or improper maintenance. Unless you have access to the right testing tools, there may be little warning that your battery needs to be replaced. Our staff has the necessary tools to review your battery’s performance, and we will guide you through a replacement if our results indicate that it is needed.


To keep everyone on the road safe, any automobile with aftermarket window tinting must be checked to ensure it meets the safety requirements for NC state. Tinted windows cannot be darker than 32 percent. Additionally, tint on a windshield cannot extend more than 5 inches below the top of the vehicles windshield or below the AS1 line, whichever is longer.

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To ensure the safety of you, your family, other drivers, and the environment, it’s important to schedule a state auto inspection for your car along with an emissions test. If we find anything that could pose a problem, our mechanics will work with you to fix it so you can continue to drive your car as you need to. To schedule your inspection appointment, call the Tire Max team today.

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