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

How to Become a Certified Mobile Vehicle Inspector

The state of Ohio does not require that vehicles be inspected for safety or emissions to be operated legally; however, the metropolitan area of Cleveland, Ohio, as well as the counties of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Median, Portage, and Summit, do require emissions testing to be performed on the certain vehicles. For mechanics seeking an automotive technician job an excellent way to build a resume of valuable skills is to seek out an inspection certification.

Ohio Vehicle Inspector Qualifications

In order to perform inspections in a location where emissions testing takes place in Ohio, a mechanic or a repair facility must fill out an application, which can be downloaded online. Mechanics are required to complete a training program from the Training Repair Industry Advisory Group, and to maintain an ASE Level 1 certification to maintain their emissions inspection certification in the state of Ohio.

Ohio Vehicle Inspection Requirements

The following types of vehicles are required to undergo emissions tests every other year in the required areas. Models manufactured in even-numbered years must be tested in even-numbered years, and models manufactured in odd-numbered years must be tested in odd-numbered years.

  • All gasoline-powered vehicles and diesel-powered vehicles less than 10,000 pounds

  • All flex-fuel and hybrid vehicles less than 10,000 pounds

Within these three requirements, vehicles must be newer than 25 years old to be required to undergo emissions testing. Brand new vehicles are exempt from testing until four years after manufacturing date.

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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