DMV: Inspections Performed at DMV

Inspections Performed at DMV
Location and Hours of Inspection Lanes
  • Wethersfield - Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Hamden - Tuesday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Please Note: Although inspections are conducted on Mondays, all branch offices are closed Mondays, and therefore all required inspection documents must be pre-paid when the branch office is open. Also, the last full inspection must be in line by 3:15 pm.
Vehicles or issues that require an inspection include:
  • Camp Vehicles
  • Composite and Salvage (Totaled) Vehicles - This includes reconstructed vehicles, all kit cars, antiques and modified antique vehicles.  See FAQs on customizing vehicles.
  • Emissions Testing (Not performed at DMV offices)
  • Grey Market Vehicles (certain imported vehicles). 
  • Motorcycles - modified off-road motorcycles. See inspection checklist 
  • Warning tickets
    • Ambulances:  Annual inspections are performed at a DMV inspection lane. Every effort will be made to give these vehicles priority when they arrive for inspection. You must obtain the EMS form issued by the Department of Public Health prior to the DMV inspection. 
    • Commercial Vehicles over 18,000 lbs. GVWR and Commercial Trailers over 10,000 lbs. GVWR seeking a temporary registration.  Connecticut Motor Vehicle Regulation 14-137-120 requires commercial motor vehicles over 18,000 lbs. GVWR and commercial trailers over 10,000 lbs. GVWR seeking temporary registrations be inspected in accordance with the North American Standard Level I inspection at a DMV facility. Temporary commercial registrations for more than 10 days will not be issued for vehicles that do not pass inspection in full compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at a DMV facility. Also, please see registration of a commercial vehicle for more information.
    Commercial Inspections required by 14-137-120 for temporary registration are only performed at:   
    • Union Scale- by appointment only, call 860-263-5446, Tuesday through Thursday: 7a.m. to 10 a.m. (The Union Scale is located between Exit 74 and 73 of Interstate 84 Westbound)
    • Wethersfield DMV - Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to noon. 
    • Driver Education Vehicles require a yearly inspection at a DMV inspection lane.     
    • School Buses (any size) and Student Transportation Vehicles (over 10,000 pounds GVWR):  Inspection must be done by appointment through the Commercial Vehicle Safety Division.  Please call (860) 263-5447. 
    • School Transportation Vehicles 10,000 pound GVWR and under: must be brought to either a DMV inspection lane or please call (860) 263-5447 for appointment. 
    • Taxi: Only first-time taxi inspections are performed at DMV.  Vehicles must be complete with lights and meters.  Inspections required for the renewal of a taxi registration are done through a Connecticut Licensed Dealer or Repairer.
    • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Assignments: VIN assignments can only be performed at the Wethersfield inspection lane.  Please call the Vehicle Identification Unit at (860) 263-5090 to make an appointment for a car or truck. Trailer VIN assignments do not need appointments, however, they can only be brought in for inspection from Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed from noon to 1pm) Trailers with a gross vehicle weight of over 3,000 pounds will be charged $50 for the assigned VIN.
    • Warning Tickets:  If you have received a warning ticket from a law enforcement agency for window tint, VIN problems or if the officer indicates 'DMV Inspection Only', you must present the vehicle for inspection at a DMV inspection lane.   All other warning tickets may be presented to a Connecticut Licensed Dealer or Repairer for inspection.                  
    Additional Information
    • No temporary plates will be issued to a vehicle that has failed for service brakes, steering components or frame rot until repairs have been certified by a Connecticut licensed dealer or repairer as completed.
    • No inspection will be performed if the title documents are marked "not safe for the road, junk, etc."  A letter from a Connecticut licensed dealer or repairer is required stating that repairs have been made and the vehicle is now safe for the road.
    • Temporary Commercial Registrations for more than 10 days will not be issued for vehicles that do not pass inspection in full compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at a DMV Inspection Lane.

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