Car Inspection in North DakotaPage Overview
The Department of Transportation (DOT) doesn't require smog or emissions tests but DOES require your vehicle to pass a vehicle inspection before you can title and register* your vehicle in the state. Read on for information about where to find inspection facilities, what's included during vehicle inspections, and more.
*North Dakota doesn't require vehicle inspections for registration renewal. For more information on these requirements, visit our section on North Dakota Registration Renewal.
If you're new to the state, you have 90 days from the date you establish residency OR once you've established residency (whichever comes first) to have your vehicle inspected and registered in North Dakota.
- Non-resident students.
- Members of the armed forces.
Learn more about registration requirements at our section on North Dakota Car Registration.
The following vehicles require vehicle inspections:
- All motor vehicles and unconventional 4-wheeled motor vehicles.
- Motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, and unconventional 3-wheeled motor vehicles.
- Off-highway vehicles.
- Low-speed vehicles.
- Modified golf carts.
- Salvage vehicles requiring a Certificate of Repairs.*
*Please visit our section on North Dakota Salvaged Vehicles for more information on inspection and registering salvage cars and trucks.
Depending on your vehicle, the inspector will use either a Form SNF 2486 or Form SNF 58593 during the inspection. You can download and print these forms to bring to your inspection, or you can contact your nearest inspection center and find out if they have them on hand. Find your local inspection center using our Local Smog Check Stations widget below.
These forms thoroughly explain what you can expect during a vehicle inspection; however, we've outlined some of the highlights for you below:
- Vehicle Inspection Numbers (VIN): The inspector will check that your VIN is present and properly secured in its appropriate location.
- Vehicle Types: The inspector will note whether the vehicle is an antique, rebuilt or salvaged, modified, homemade, or has lawful window tint.
- Vehicle Parts: The inspector will check an extensive list of vehicle parts to make sure they're in working order. Among these parts include the headlights, taillights, signal lights, brake lights, and turn signals.
After the vehicle inspection, you'll pay the inspection fee (this fee can vary by location; call ahead to confirm) and the inspector will sign the applicable form. The form must then be mailed to:
- Motor Vehicle Division
- 608 E. Boulevard Avenue
- Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0700
Once the DOT receives your form, you can move forward with titling and registering the vehicle.Although North Dakota doesn't require smog and emissions tests at this time, you still can take advantage of certain perks for driving green vehicles (such as hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles), as well as practicing eco-friendly driving habits. Such perks might include auto insurance discounts, federal tax incentives, and even registration fee discounts (depending on your vehicle).
Learn more over at our section on green driver incentives.Local Smog Check Stations
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