Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What fees are associated with obtaining a safety inspection? A: Inspection stations may charge no more than $12.00 for the safety inspection of passenger vehicles and trucks.
Inspection stations may charge no more than $10.00 for the safety inspection of motorcycles and autocycles.

Q: What documentation must I provide at the time a VIN/Salvage examination is performed? A: Documentation requirements for VIN/Salvage examinations may be viewed here.

Q: What vehicle components are included in a motor vehicle safety inspection? A: Click here for an overview of motor vehicle safety inspection vehicle components.

Click here for detailed regulations governing the safety inspection of passenger vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, and autocycles.

Click here for the regulations that govern the safety inspection of school buses.

Q: Are airbags included in a motor vehicle safety inspection? A: Airbags are not inspected during motor vehicle safety inspections. Questions regarding airbags should be directed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1 (800) 424-9393, or online at www.nhtsa.gov

Q: What are the requirements for bumper heights on motor vehicles? A: Bumper height requirements are included in the Motor Vehicle Inspection Regulations Manual.

Q: My windshield has been replaced since my last safety inspection. Do I need a new inspection sticker for the windshield? A: When a windshield is replaced, no new safety inspection sticker is required. Retain the white approval certificate issued to you at the time of inspection, as it serves as proof your vehicle passed inspection.

Q: Does a vehicle have to be inspected prior to being sold? A: Unless sold with a Junk, Salvage, or Rebuilding Certificate (SHP-498), the seller of a motor vehicle is responsible for ensuring a motor vehicle safety inspection is performed no more than 60 days prior to the date of sale.

Q: Do I need a trailer examination? If so, how do I obtain one? A: For information regarding trailer examinations, click here

Q: Where is the nearest official motor vehicle safety inspection station? A: To search for an official motor vehicle safety inspection station, click here.

Q: What if a safety inspection is due for my vehicle while it is in a different state? A: You are allowed to register your vehicle with the Missouri Department of Revenue while temporarily residing out-of-state, without obtaining a safety inspection; however, a safety inspection must be obtained within ten (10) days of return to the state of Missouri.

Q: Where do I go to obtain a VIN/Salvage Examination or Watercraft Verification? A: Click here to access sites for VIN/Salvage Examinations and Watercraft Verifications.

Q: How do I file a complaint on an inspection station? A: Should you question the integrity of a safety inspection performed on your vehicle, contact the Motor Vehicle Inspection Office at your local troop headquarters. An investigation of your complaint will be conducted to determine if proper inspection procedures were followed. Click here for troop contact information.

Click here to access a printable version of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Complaint Receipt Form.

Q: My vehicle failed a safety inspection. When I returned for reinspection, the station has closed. How do I get my vehicle reinspected? A: If the business that inspected your vehicle ceases to operate as a Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Station prior to completing a reinspection of your vehicle, contact the Motor Vehicle Inspection Office at your local troop headquarters to schedule a date and time for the reinspection of your vehicle by a Motor Vehicle Inspector. Click here for troop contact information.

Q: What vehicle components are included in the inspection of a school bus? A: To view inspection criteria for school buses, click here.

Q: How do I access school bus inspection results for my school district? A: Click here to obtain school bus inspection results for all Missouri schools providing pupil transportation services.

Q: I want my business to become a motor vehicle safety inspection station. What is required? A: Click here for motor vehicle safety inspection safety requirements.

The fee for a safety inspection station permit is $10.00 annually. The fee for an emissions inspection station permit is $100.00 annually. The fee for a safety and emissions inspection station permit is $110.00 annually. All fees are payable at the time of application.

A business may apply to become an official motor vehicle safety, emissions, or safety and emissions inspection station by making application through the Motor Vehicle Inspection Office at the nearest troop headquarters. Click here for troop contact information.

Q: How do I enroll my business as an official motor vehicle safety inspection station? A: Information regarding inspection station and inspector/mechanic requirements is available in the Motor Vehicle Inspection Regulations Manual.

Contact the Motor Vehicle Inspection office at the nearest troop headquarters to obtain more detailed information regarding enrolling as an official Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Station. Click here for contact information.

Q: How do I enroll as an official Emissions Inspection Station in the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program (GVIP)? A: Click here for information pertaining to the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program in the non-attainment area of Missouri.

For additional information, contact the Troop C Motor Vehicle Inspection Office at (314) 416-2180, Ext: 4357/4358.

Q: How does an inspection station obtain safety inspection program supplies? A: Click here to order supplies online.

Click here to view transaction fees associated with ordering supplies online.

In lieu of ordering supplies online, requisitions shall be mailed to:

Missouri State Highway Patrol
Attn: Motor Vehicle Inspection
Post Office Box 568
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Click here to access a printable version of the Requisition for MVI Supplies.

Click here to access a printable version of the Requisition for GVIP Supplies.

Orders are only accepted online or via mail submission. Motor Vehicle Inspection Section employees are not authorized to accept orders via e-mail or telephone. Requisitions and online orders are processed daily by section employees, with stickers and decals shipped to the station's address of record via United Parcel Service. Please consider processing and delivery time when determining when to order supplies.

MVI-2 Motor Vehicle Inspection Certificates shall be obtained through the Motor Vehicle Inspection Office at your local troop headquarters. Click here for troop contact information.

NOTE: Government-owned stations are not assessed station fees or fees for motor vehicle safety inspection stickers or motorcycle inspection decals.

Q: What should I do if my safety inspection stickers/motorcyle inspection decals expire? A: Missouri Revised State Statute allows for the exchange of expired motor vehicle safety inspection stickers and motorcyle inspection decals between January 1 and April 30 following the expiration year. Requests for exchange that are postmarked after the April 30 statutory deadline will not be processed. There is no cost associated with the exchange of expired stickers/decals. Exchanges are completed on a one-for-one basis; therefore, combinations of exchanges and orders are not accepted and will be returned to the station unprocessed. Public and private inspection stations should complete and submit the Return of Expired Stickers/Decals form, along with the expired stickers/decals to:

Missouri State Highway Patrol
Attn: Motor Vehicle Inspection
Post Office Box 568
Jefferson City, MO 65101

NOTE: Government-owned stations are not eligible for the exchange process, and should order additional stickers/decals upon expiration.