Safety & Emissions Inspections

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The goal of the Rhode Island Vehicle Inspection program is to ensure that the vehicles operating on the Rhode Island roadways are safe and environmentally clean. The regulations are designed to prevent continued use of defective emissions and safety equipment so that at least one time during the required inspection cycle a vehicle is inspected by qualified personnel to ascertain that the vehicle is properly equipped for continued use.

All newly registered vehicles (except new vehicles) must have a valid Rhode Island inspection certificate (sticker) or pass a Safety and Emissions inspection within 5 days of registration. Failure to comply may result in registration suspension until such time as the vehicle is brought into compliance.

All inspections are conducted in accordance with the state's Official Manual for Motor Vehicle Inspection.

To view the Official Manual for Vehicle Inspection in additional languages please click here.

More information about Rhode Island's vehicle inspection program is available at the Rhode Island Emissions and Safety Testing web site.

Customer Assistance

Vehicle owners who require assistance for Issues relating to inspection suspension notices and or vehicle inspections may contact the Safety and Emission Control Office of the DMV during normal business hours at 462-5890 or may complete an assistance request online and a representative will respond as soon as possible.

We ask that you please review the information contained in the FAQs section and the Suspensions section to see if your question is answered prior to requesting assistance.

Online requests for assistance may be made HERE