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Has anyone been late for an auto inspection?

Started 1279822711.803 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1279930750.143 by gardenman

I noticed today that my Mom's car should have been inspected back in March. I've scheduled her for an inspection tomorrow. Has anyone else missed an inspection and what, if any repercussions were there? I'm in NJ if that's any help. Thanks.

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redwingsgal1279822927.49931 PostsRegistered 6/11/2009MI now in OK

OK stopped auto inspections about 10 yrs ago. I do remember you only needed them done here prior to license plate renewal. We also did not make appointments, we just went to an authorized inspection shop and got it done.

Tissyannie1279823051.146563 PostsRegistered 6/26/2010

There are no penalties in TX. They just change your month to the current one and your inspection is good for a year like usual.

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mamaslittl­epotato1279825907.63713329 PostsRegistered 3/7/2007New Jersey

I'm about 99% sure there's no fine here....But your mom will still have to get it inspected in March 2012, not in July 2012. (just emissions testing as of this month)

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Baxjaxmom1279825970.1972508 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Where I live, there are no penalties for having an expired Safety Inspection sticker UNLESS it is noticed by a policman where they are likely pull you over and ticket you for driving without the current inspection sticker. Otherwise, when the car is taken in, they just do the inspection and put a new sticker on with the current month and the following year's date for renewal next year. There is no "reporting" of expired stickers.

Peaches Mc­Phee1279826021.5131624 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

This may vary by state. In NYS, you are at risk for getting a traffic ticket, but otherwise, no ramifications.

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MJ121279826352.7837124 PostsRegistered 11/30/2007Maryland

Will I be penalized if I present my
vehicle past my inspection due date?

  • Driving a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker may result in fines between $100 and $200 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days. Additionally, the MVC may revoke registration privileges (N.J.S.A. 39:8-9).

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doxiemom 41279826580.67327472 PostsRegistered 12/30/2008NJ-FL

Hi Garden, No you should be okay......If you should get stopped on the way. Just explain that your mom is ill, and the car has not been driven. They should let you go.....

Also you will not get any penalty......When you get to the Inspection Station, tell them why it is late.They see it all the time.....Not to worry.

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tama1279827168.19437 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004jersey shore

Not to worry. My Dad misread his sticker last year...his car was due for inspection 10/09 (oct 2009) and he thought it was due sep 2010. He went to the inspection station as soon as he realized his mistake, about a month late. No problem at all and we are in NJ.

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Billie531279827189.5218955 PostsRegistered 2/9/2007VA

Just be careful driving there...if you get pulled over, explain you're on your way...you should be okay if you don't get caught...only then would you be fined...at least it's that way in VA...

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We missed our registration date, got a ticket.Had it inspected immediately and had the ticket reversed

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PurpleBunny1279829249.46339232 PostsRegistered 2/27/2008The Couch

g-man, I am in MA and I don't know if it's the same, but my DH does it all the time! He always waits at LEAST a month past the sticker due date ... he likes to think he's getting one over on 'the man.' Never had a problem.

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sapphiregi­rl1279829463.54710054 PostsRegistered 10/18/2005nj

Hi gardenman,

Been there, done that. I am in NJ too. Nothing happened, no fine, at the inspection center.

sapphiregi­rl1279829515.3310054 PostsRegistered 10/18/2005nj
On 7/22/2010 doxiemom 3 said:

Also you will not get any penalty......When you get to the Inspection Station, tell them why it is late.They see it all the time.....Not to worry.

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Hi doxie,

I don't think you even need to do that. I didn't. I'm sure you are right... they see it all the time!

clemintine1279829524.3918221 PostsRegistered 11/5/2007C.C.

If you get stopped for another reason, the expired inspection sticker will be listed as a violation.

They CAN stop you if your license plate sticker expires. It would be a VERY astute officer to note that your inspection sticker was overdue as you rode by!

However, at the inspection there is no repercussions...no fine, nothing. It's common. March to July is a s-t-r-e-t-c-h......but my DSIL got you beat by a month this year! And then when he realized it he didn't even go right away. He was busy. I, of course, was having a FIT!!!

missyw11279829665.6132316 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007

The states I have lived in, don't require them. If something is wrong the cops issue you a fix it ticket. (no tail light)

rubyangel1279829748.1633152 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005

I'm in NJ also. I've gone passed the month it was due. However not as long as you. Maybe just a week or so. Nothing happened.

I have to go by the end of this month again. With the horrible heat wave we are having, I don't if I'll go in time. I might wait until the weather cools down. I couldn't bare to sit in a car for an hour or two in this heat.

dmod1279829938.73722523 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Jersey

gardenman,

I agree with those other Jersey girl replies. Been there myself..no problem.

I would make a suggestion. Do it quickly. After July 31, there are big changes due at the DMV. It will make getting there, under any circumstance, a nightmare. From what I understand....no Mondays...no Saturdays and no late night hours.

Don't shoot the messenger. This is what I've heard. You can check it out just to be sure.

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Jerzeegirl1279830720.21311339 PostsRegistered 4/18/2005Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
On 7/22/2010 dmod said:

gardenman,

I agree with those other Jersey girl replies. Been there myself..no problem.

I would make a suggestion. Do it quickly. After July 31, there are big changes due at the DMV. It will make getting there, under any circumstance, a nightmare. From what I understand....no Mondays...no Saturdays and no late night hours.

Don't shoot the messenger. This is what I've heard. You can check it out just to be sure.

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Hi, dmod:

I just double checked cause my boyfriend has 2 cars way overdue for inspection. MV offices will be closed on Mondays, but will be open on Saturdays.

And to the OP, unless you get pulled over for something else (gotta watch them spot inspections & DUI checkpoints in Jersey), you should be ok. Of course, if the end of the month is near & somebody's short on their quota, that could make a difference also.

Silver Lin­ing1279830787.6033619 PostsRegistered 4/15/2010
On 7/22/2010 doxiemom 3 said:

Hi Garden, No you should be okay......If you should get stopped on the way. Just explain that your mom is ill, and the car has not been driven. They should let you go.....

Also you will not get any penalty......When you get to the Inspection Station, tell them why it is late.They see it all the time.....Not to worry.

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It usually works that way. I have a friend, though, that was given a ticket in spite of having a legitimate reason. The officer said he'd heard that excuse too many times and wasn't buying it. He told her to tell it to the municipal court if she wanted to argue about it. She gave up on it since she wouldn't have been able to prove it plus they increase the fine if you contest it and lose. I think a lot depends on if you get stopped at all and by whom. In the long run, chances are you won't be stopped anyway.

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happy hous­ewife1279830860.9131536 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

i would wonder about your mother driving if she could not remember to get a currant inspection.

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lilmopeep1279831134.54180 PostsRegistered 7/18/2009

I'm only 51 and forgot about my inspection this year, so I really don't think it has to do with age/inability to drive.

No repercussions here in NY as long as you don't get stopped by some form of law enforcement. I was over a month late!

JMINNY1279831239.7832233 PostsRegistered 7/6/2006N.Y.

I was about a year overdue...I got a ticket in an inspection stop and went to town court....I paid about $80.00 for the fine.....

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SeaGal1279831587.90312925 PostsRegistered 6/5/2007
On 7/22/2010 MJ12 said:

Will I be penalized if I present my
vehicle past my inspection due date?

  • Driving a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker may result in fines between $100 and $200 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days. Additionally, the MVC may revoke registration privileges (N.J.S.A. 39:8-9).

I would think this only pertains to being stopped for a violation.

They have no way of knowing that her car hasnt just been parked and not used.

In Wa. state we dont have yearly inspections, just an emmissions test ever other year and new tabs on your plate each year.

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Silver Lin­ing1279832879.183619 PostsRegistered 4/15/2010
On 7/22/2010 retiree said:

i would wonder about your mother driving if she could not remember to get a currant inspection.

I've forgotten or delayed some things regarding my car, even more than once, but I don't think they've affected my ability to drive safely. So far so good, and that's with the police being super vigilant, especially when it comes to stopping ladies who are not spring chickens.

gardenman1279833389.08717051 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

Thanks for the feedback. I didn't think it would be a problem. I've already made an appointment for tomorrow for the inspection so we should be okay after that. In the past we've always gotten a reminder in the mail that the inspection was due so we never paid a lot of attention to the sticker, but I guess they aren't doing that anymore. (Or if they do, our's got lost someplace.) What's done is done. We can't go back in time to March to get it inspected, so we'll see what they say tomorrow and go from there. The good news is the car's in tip-top shape and should pass the inspection without a hitch.

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