Welcome to the Massachusetts Vehicle Check website for current and prospective inspection station owners and managers.

This page contains links to information about the licensing process, testing equipment, inspection regulations and much more. We hope you find it helpful as you become a part of or continue your participation in the program.

 

Licensing Policies

All inspection stations are required to be licensed by the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to conduct vehicle inspections. RMV station licensing policies include guidance on which station license Classes are open and which license Classes are closed, the requirements to maintain an active station license, inspector training and licensing requirements, and more.

Please review these policies if you are:

  • Considering an application to own and operate a new inspection station
  • Transferring the ownership of an existing station to a new owner, or
  • Relocating an existing station to a new physical location

These policies are a supplement to the inspection station licensing requirements found in MGL c.90 s.7A and 540 CMR 4.08, included in the Station and Inspector Resources section for your convenience.

 

Station Licensing Classes & Availability

Station Licensing Classes
Inspection station licenses are divided into classes, based upon the type(s) of vehicle chassis and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicles that will be inspected. GVWR is defined as "the maximum loaded weight for which the vehicle is designed, as specified by the vehicle manufacturer”. The following table provides a summary glance of the vehicle types inspected by each station licensing class.

Inspection Station Licenses are divided into classes, based upon the type of vehicle chassis and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle that will be inspected. 310 CMR 60.02 defines GVWR as "the maximum loaded weight for which the vehicle is designed, as specified by the vehicle manufacturer." 

ClassDesignation Pounds GVWRDuty ClassificationDescription of Vehicles Inspected
Class ANon-commercial10,000 or lessLight-DutyPassenger cars, including minivans, pickup trucks & SUVs
Class BCommercial & Non-commercial26,000 or lessLight- & Medium-DutyPassenger cars, commercial vehicles & trailers, including light-duty pole or pull trailers only
Class CCommercial10,001 or moreMedium- & Heavy-DutyAll trailers, semi-trailers & converter dollies
Class DCommercial & Non-commercialAllLight-, Medium- & Heavy-DutyAll passenger cars, commercial vehicles & trailers (all trailers, semi-trailers & converter dollies)
Class ECommercial26,001 or moreHeavy-DutyCommercial vehicles & trailers
Class FCommercialAllLight-, Medium- & Heavy-DutyCommercial vehicles & limited non-commercial vehicles (Mobile Stations)
Class MNon-commercial--Motorcycles

 

Available Station Licenses
The Massachusetts Vehicle Check Program has reached a full complement of public light-duty and public mobile inspection stations. Licenses are still available for fleet and heavy-duty public inspection stations. (Note: these stations are able to accommodate inspections performed on trailers.)

Closed Station License Classes

Class A - Vehicles 10,000 pounds or less GVWR

Class B - Vehicles 26,000 pounds or less GVWR

Class F - Commercial Vehicles
(Mobile Locations)

Available Station License Classes

Class C - Vehicles 10,001 pounds or more
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

Class D - All Vehicles 80,000 pounds or less GVWR

Class E - Vehicles 26,001 pounds or more GVWR

Class M - Motorcycles

 

Licensing Requirements

A minimum 45-foot-long by 14-foot-wide inspection bay is required for fleet and heavy-duty public inspection stations. (This is not required for fleet mobile inspectors). Also, a commercially trained CDL-licensed inspector must be available at all times to perform inspections.

An applicant for a Class M motorcycle inspection station license must be a licensed Motorcycle Dealer pursuant to M.G.L. c. 140, § 58 or a motorcycle repairer with a license to operate a repair business who has received factory training or equivalent training approved by the Registrar.

For more information about inspection and licensing requirements, please see the detailed inspection station rules and regulations or call our Customer Service Center at 1-844-358-0135.

 

Application Process

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) licenses stations to perform inspections in the Commonwealth.

If you are interested in applying to be a licensed fleet or heavy-duty public inspection station, please email Terence.Hayes@state.ma.us the following information:

  • Station Name (if applicable)
  • Contact Person
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Email Address
  • Class of Station for which you are interested in applying (Class C, D or E)

Or send your request to:

Terence Hayes
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
RMV Division
P.O. Box 55892
Boston, MA 02205-5892

The RMV does not anticipate licensing stations on the “waiting list” to be public light-duty inspection stations, except under special circumstances, such as in areas deemed to be underserved. If you are already on the waiting list for a Class A or Class B station license, you will be contacted if a license becomes available.

Visit the RMV’s website for additional information.

 

Station Equipment - Approved Third Party Providers

In addition to purchasing inspection workstations, all licensed stations must be equipped with the following:

  • A headlight aiming board
  • A brake meter
  • A ball joint gauge
  • Jack and stands
  • A tire depth gauge
  • A window tint meter

Check the Resources section for the list of third party providers that offer equipment approved by the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).