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

Rhode Island mobile vehicle inspection

The state of Rhode Island requires that all vehicles be inspected for both safety and emissions. There are several schedules of inspection that must be followed for different types of vehicles, but all used vehicles are required to be inspected within five days of a first-time Rhode Island registration; all new vehicles are required to be inspected within the first two years of registration, or when the vehicle reaches 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. 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.

Rhode Island mobile vehicle inspector qualifications

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

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, and have a valid driver’s license.

  • Must have completed a state-approved Safety and Emissions Inspection Course.

  • Must have passed either a hands-on demonstration or a written examination, as approved by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Training for Rhode Island vehicle inspectors

Training materials, online tests, and the official manual for emissions and safety testing can be found online at the Rhode Island Emissions and Safety Testing website.

Rhode Island Inspection requirements

The following information explains the different inspection schedules for various types of vehicles according to the Rhode Island DMV:

  • Trucks up to 8,500 pounds: Must pass a safety and emissions test every 24 months.

  • Trucks over 8,500 pounds: Must pass a safety inspection every 12 months.

  • Trailers and Semi-Trailers: Must pass a safety inspection each year, before June 30th.

  • Motorcycles: Must pass a safety inspection each year, before June 30th.

  • Livestock Trailers: Must pass a safety inspection each year, before June 30th.

All other vehicles are only required to have an inspection when the title changes hands, or when being newly registered.

Systems and components inspected by Rhode Island vehicle inspectors

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

  • Air Bags
  • Lighting Components
  • Frame and Body Components
  • Braking System
  • Antilock Braking System
  • Hydraulic System
  • Mechanical Components
  • Directional Signals
  • Emissions and Exhaust Systems
  • Glass and Mirrors
  • Horn
  • Plates
  • Steering Components
  • Suspension and Alignment
  • Wheels and Tires
  • Universal Joints
  • Transmission
  • Windshield Wipers

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