Missouri requires both safety and emissions inspections to ensure that all vehicles on the road are safe and compliant with state standards. Safety inspections help ensure your vehicle is safe to operate on Missouri roads. Safety inspections are meant to check for any potential safety hazards in your vehicle. This can include anything from worn tires to malfunctioning lights. Basically, anything that could potentially put you or other drivers at risk on the road.
The inspection station will issue a Certificate of Inspection and Approval that must be presented to a license office when the motor vehicle is registered. A Certificate of Inspection and Approval is valid for 60 days starting with the date of inspection. A valid Certificate of Inspection and Approval must be submitted at the time of application for title and license or registration renewal (unless exempt).
A Certificate of Inspection and Approval is valid for 90 days starting with the date of inspection when a motor vehicle is purchased from a Missouri dealer and the Certificate of Inspection and Approval provided by the Missouri dealer indicates the safety inspection was completed within 60 days prior to the purchase date. A valid Certificate of Inspection and Approval must be submitted at the time of application for title and license (unless exempt).
If there is no change in vehicle ownership, even model year vehicles must be safety/emissions inspected (unless exempt) in even calendar years, and odd model year vehicles must be inspected (unless exempt) in odd calendar years.”
In addition to a safety inspection, if the vehicle is registered to operate in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, or Jefferson County, the vehicle is also subject to an emissions inspection.
An emissions inspection tests your vehicle’s emissions levels to ensure they meet or exceed the state’s standards. Upholding these standards helps lower emissions overall in order to help improve air quality and reduce smog and pollution. Missouri has certain standards that all vehicles must meet, and this inspection is meant to ensure that your car is upholding environmental standards.
The inspection station will issue a Vehicle Inspection Report. Vehicle emissions inspections must be completed before registering the vehicle and should not be made more than 60 days prior to the date the owner submits an application for title and license or registration renewal.
The Missouri Department of Revenue does not operate the emissions inspection program. The Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program is administered by the Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Please check the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program website for emissions testing locations and other information.
If you have any questions about State inspections or need to make an appointment for one, please don't hesitate to call. At Hillside Auto Repair, we provide both safety inspections and emissions testing required by the state. Our ASE-certified technicians can perform these inspections quickly and efficiently so you can get it done without heavily disrupting your schedule, and with great customer service. After all, We are The Professionals You Can Trust!