DMV: Inspections Performed at DMV

Inspections Performed at DMV
SERVICE UPDATE:  On Monday, August 21, the Wethersfield DMV Inspection Lane will have limited service due to renovations and will only provide inspections for:  motorcycles, trailers and dual rear-wheeled student transportation vehicles.  The lane is scheduled to reopen for all inspection services on Tuesday, August 22 at 8 a.m.
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 in Wethersfield, 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
    • 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 Transportation Vehicles 10,000 pound GVWR and under: will be scheduled by the Inspectors in the district or may be brought to the inspection lane.  
    • 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.  The CT licensed dealer or repairer shall be allowed to charge a maximum fee of $20 for the inspection.
    • 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.

    Content Last Modified on 4/26/2017 1:11:21 PM