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

The state of North Dakota does not require a regular safety inspection for passenger vehicles. The only inspections required within the state are safety inspections for commercial motor, and safety inspections for farm vehicles that are over 26,000 pounds. Upon receiving a passing inspection sticker, these two types of vehicles can be legally operated on North Dakota roadways for one year. For mechanics seeking an automotive technician job an excellent way to build a resume of valuable skills is to seek out an inspector’s license.

North Dakota mobile vehicle inspector qualifications

However, there is no examination or license required to perform inspections in the state of North Dakota. Instead, the vehicle owner must ensure that they get their vehicle inspected by a mechanic that meets certain criteria. In order to inspect commercial vehicles in the state of North Dakota, an automotive service technician needs to have the following qualifications:

  • They must be knowledgeable in all procedures and regulations surrounding the inspection process, as laid out in the FMCSA guidelines.

  • They must have either: completed a federal- or state-sponsored training program that qualifies them to inspect commercial motor vehicles, or they must have some combination of training and work experience that totals at least one year.

  • Their experience must come from one of the following sources: previous experience as a commercial motor vehicle inspector in another state; experience as a mechanic or inspector in a commercial vehicle maintenance garage or fleet leasing company; experience as a mechanic or inspector in a motor carrier or equipment maintenance program; participating in a manufacturer-sponsored commercial vehicle training program.

North Dakota inspection stations and education

There is no specific state-sponsored education program for becoming an inspector. Inspection forms can be found at all major motor vehicle associations, garages, truck stops, and any other location where inspections would take place, or online.

Systems and components inspected by North Dakota vehicle inspectors

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

  • Brake System
  • Coupling Devices
  • Exhaust System
  • Fuel System
  • Lighting Components
  • Safe Loading
  • Steering System
  • Suspension
  • Frame
  • Windshield Wiper
  • Tires
  • Wheels and Rims

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