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

How to Become a Certified Mobile Vehicle Inspector

The state of New Mexico does not require that vehicles be inspected for safety or emissions to be operated legally; however, the county of Bernalillo does require emissions testing to be performed on all vehicles that are less than 10,000 pounds, and are newer than 1982. For mechanics seeking an automotive technician job an excellent way to build a resume of valuable skills is to seek out an inspection certification, or an “Air Care Inspector Certification”.

New Mexico air care inspector qualifications

In order to work at a certified air care station, or location where emissions testing takes place, a mechanic needs to become a certified Air Care Inspector. In order to receive this certification in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, an automotive service technician needs to have the following qualifications:

  • Must have submitted an application with the Air Care program manager.

  • Must have completed a three-day training course, which is offered every month at the Air Care Albuquerque office.

Air Care Inspector certifications are valid for 12 months. In order to reapply for a new certification after expiration, a mechanic must submit a recertification application, and take a four-hour recertification course and exam.

Emissions testing procedure in New Mexico

During an emissions test in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, the following five procedures will take place:

  • The OBD-II test will be performed to check the vehicle’s emission control equipment functions.

  • A tailpipe exhaust analysis will be performed to measure the hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions.

  • The installation and connections of the pollution control equipment will be verified as accurate.

  • A visual inspection of the tailpipe will be performed, specifically to check for smoke.

  • The gas cap pressure will be checked to ensure that the cap is secured tightly.

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.

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