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How to Become a Certified Mobile Vehicle Inspector (State Car Inspector Certified) in Delaware

How to Become a Certified Mobile Vehicle Inspector

The state of Delaware requires all motor vehicles to pass a vehicle safety inspection, and that most also pass an emissions test. Inspections are performed any time a vehicle is first being registered in the state, and biennially afterwards. Mechanics seeking an automotive technician job may consider getting an inspection license as an excellent way to build their resume; however, in the state of Delaware, all inspections are performed by an employee of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Delaware motor vehicle inspection licensing

There is no licensing in the state of Delaware to become a vehicle inspector. The Department of Motor Vehicles does all safety and emissions testing within the state, during the standard registration renewal process.

Delaware motor vehicle inspection requirements

The following exemptions are the only scenarios in which a vehicle does not have to be emissions inspected in the state of Delaware:

  • Vehicles with a weight rating over 8,500 pounds

  • Vehicles manufactured before 1968, or diesel-powered vehicles manufactured before 1997

  • Motorcycles

Vehicle inspection procedure in Delaware

The following systems or vehicle components are tested during a Delaware vehicle inspection:

  • Pressure Test: This test detects fuel vapor leakage, and is performed on all qualifying vehicles newer than 1975.

  • Exhaust Emissions Inspection: This test analyses the exhaust emissions when the vehicle is idling and when it is operating.

  • Vehicle Safety Inspection: This test ensures that all areas of the vehicle are working properly, including the lights, brakes, glass, mirrors, windshield wipers, body components, tires, horn, and muffler.

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