Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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

How to Become a Certified Mobile Vehicle Inspector

In the state of Maine, vehicle owners must have their automobile inspected every year to ensure that they are safe. Inspection certifications for both garages and mechanics are awarded by the state, and can offer those seeking an automotive technician job an excellent resume-building skill.

These are the types of inspections performed within the state of Maine:

  • Yearly safety inspections of all motor vehicles.

  • Periodic reviews by motor vehicle inspectors of inspection facilities and practices.

  • Yearly inspections of Maine school buses by the state’s police force.

  • Two additional annual inspections of school buses, performed by automotive service technicians.

Becoming a Maine Licensed Inspection Technician

In order to inspect vehicles in the state of Maine, an automotive service technician needs to have the following qualifications:

  • They must be at least 17 ½ years old.

  • They must have a valid and active Maine driver’s license.

  • They must pass a criminal and driving history background check.

  • They must pass a written examination, provided by the state.

Written examinations are scheduled after the technician sends in an application to the Maine State Police Traffic Division at:

Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit 20 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0020

Becoming a Maine Licensed Inspection Station

In order for a Maine automotive service garage to become an inspection station, they must also send in an application to the address listed above. The owner of the garage will also have to fulfill the requirements listed above. After being approved, an inspection station will be assigned an Inspector, who will inspect the facility regularly to ensure that all licensed inspectors within the facility are performing inspections according to the Maine Inspection Manual.

Inspection Technician Licenses and Manual

Inspection licenses for auto mechanic jobs in Maine are valid for 5 years from the date that they are issued. In order to renew an inspection license, mechanics must file a new application; they do not have to retake the examination if their renewal application is submitted no more than one year after the date that their inspection licensed expired.

The manual for Maine inspectors is available online, and explains everything that a technician needs to know in order to perform an inspection correctly. The following systems or components must be inspected, as applicable to the vehicle:

  • Brake System
  • Windshield
  • Horn
  • Mirrors and Glass
  • Seat Belts
  • Steering Mechanism
  • Suspension
  • Wheels and Tires
  • Frame and Body Components
  • Exhaust and Emissions Systems
  • Lighting Components
  • Vacuum Systems
  • Coupling Devices
  • Wiring and Electrical Components

If you’re already a certified mechanic and you’re interested in working with YourMechanic, submit an online application for an opportunity to become a mobile mechanic.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP)...
P0359 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil I Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction
P0359 code definition The P0359 code indicates that a fault has been detected in one of the vehicle’s ignition coils, generally the number 9 coil. This code can also be associated...
How to Get Chevrolet Dealership Certified
Chevrolet car dealerships offer automotive technician jobs to mechanics who are certified through the many training programs available.


Related questions

Q: What tools do I need to perform prepurchase inspection?

The threshold issue in entering the inspection business is NOT a "particular" complement of tools but rather whether you have the specific and intensive training that is required to carry out a meaningful inspection AND convey the results in an...

Q: a/c problem

It is obvious the Mechanic does not understand what is wrong with your air conditioning system. It is obvious because if the malfunction causing your no-cooling problem was correctly diagnosed, once the work that HE proposed was complete, the system...

Q: Career exploration

Hello, thank you for writing in. I would be happy to share some information with you. As with most careers, this field requires constant updates and staying on top of the latest technologies. If you are interested in this career,...