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

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The state of Hawaii requires all motor vehicles that are older than two years to pass a vehicle safety inspection every year. Inspection certifications are awarded by the state, and can offer those seeking an automotive technician job an excellent way to build their resume. Hawaii does not require emissions testing, VIN inspection, or have any other specific laws regarding the inspection process for vehicles within the state or any specific area.

Hawaii motor vehicle inspection licensing

In order to qualify as an inspector within the state of Hawaii, an automotive service technician must meet the following criteria:

  • The mechanic must be able to read and legibly print English and Arabic numerals.

  • The mechanic must be at least 18 years of age.

  • The mechanic must have a valid Hawaii driver’s license for the specific type of vehicle they are inspecting. (For example, to inspect a Class A vehicle, the mechanic must hold a Class A license.)

  • The mechanic must have either one year of training through an auto mechanic school, or they must have at least two years of experience through an auto mechanic job.

  • The mechanic must have passed both a written and a practical examination provided by their county’s branch of the Department of Transportation.

  • The state department may also require background checks or personal references to determine that the character of the prospective vehicle inspector is trustworthy. This is at the department’s discretion, and is not necessarily required.

An inspector’s license is valid for four years after being issued.

Vehicle inspection report for Hawaii safety inspections

The following systems or vehicle components must be inspected to declare a vehicle safe, according to the manual used by all Hawaii automotive tech jobs:

  • Body and Frame Components
  • Brake System
  • Drive Train Components
  • Exhaust System
  • Floor Pans
  • Horn
  • Fuel System
  • Lighting Devices
  • Mirrors and Glass
  • Wipers
  • Tires and Wheels
  • Suspension System
  • Steering Components
  • Speedometer

Each of these components or systems will be inspected during the annual safety inspection to ensure that all vehicles are safe to operate on Hawaii roadways.

Certified vehicle inspector salary information

Becoming a licensed state vehicle inspector can be a great way to build an automotive service technician career; but one of the things that many mechanics wish to know is how a certification may change their auto mechanic salary options. According to Salary Expert, the average annual salary for a vehicle inspector in Hawaii is $63,587.

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