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The Massachusetts RMV is taking important additional steps following Governor Charlie Baker’s declaration of a...

The Massachusetts RMV is taking important additional steps following Governor Charlie Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency the week of March 9th and to complement the work that has been underway across state government to keep residents safe and healthy.

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) announced that it will be implementing a 60-day extension to commercial vehicle inspections expiring in March and April. The RMV announced the 60-day extension for non-commercial vehicle inspections on March 20th.  These initiatives recognize the importance of commercial vehicle drivers to the supply chain during the State of Emergency declaration, and will continue to prioritize reducing customer volumes in physical locations.

In an effort to help you and your customers maintain proper social distancing, as of March 26, the annual motor vehicle safety and emissions inspection expiration dates are being extended as follows:

  • All commercial and non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on March 31, 2020 (designated by a number 3 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by May 31, 2020.

  • All commercial and non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on April 30, 2020 (designated by a number 4 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by June 30, 2020.

  • Commercial and Non-commercial vehicles that are issued a failed inspection sticker (indicated by a sticker with a red or black letter ‘R’) that is due to expire in the month of March 2020, must be re-inspected by May 31. Commercial and non-commercial vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to expire in the month of April 2020, must be re-inspected by June 30. Additionally, the one free re-test for these vehicles is also extended to May 31 or June 30 provided the re-test is performed at the same inspection station that performed the initial inspection.

    • Regardless of the date of inspection, all vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to a safety defect (indicated by a sticker with a red letter ‘R’) shall not be operated until appropriate repairs have been completed.

  • All motorcycle inspection stickers originally set to expire on May 31 must be inspected by June 30.

The RMV is also extending the time during which newly registered vehicles must be inspected, which is typically within 7 days of the date of registration.

  • Any newly-registered commercial or non-commercial vehicle purchased between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 must be inspected by May 31.

  • Any newly-registered commercial or non-commercial vehicle purchased between April 1, 2020 and April 31, 2020 must be inspected by June 30.

During the declared COVID-19 emergency, Inspection stations are excused from the Hours of Operation requirement § 4.08(2).  Whether you chose to close or not, please be assured that there will be no actions taken against the station for reducing their hours of operation or closing.

Finally, inspector and station licensing expirations are not being extended at this time because current resources are able to meet the application demand. However, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application on-line in the event RMV headquarter staffing becomes too sparse to handle the paper application demand.

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This website is designed to answer your questions about the Massachusetts motor vehicle emissions and safety inspection program, which plays an important role in reducing air pollution and keeping our roads safe. Massachusetts Vehicle Check is a joint program of the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).

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