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Vehicle Inspection Garage/Mechanic Certification

Maine requires all motor vehicles to undergo a safety inspection once a year. Vehicles registered in Cumberland County are also required to undergo an emissions test. Inspections are conducted at automobile dealerships, service stations and garages. To insure inspection mechanics are complying with the state's many safety provisions, motor vehicle inspectors conduct periodic reviews of their practices and facilities, and investigate complaints. In addition, State Police personnel inspect Maine's school bus fleet at least once per year. This is in addition to the two regular annual inspections required of school buses. There are about 7,500 active licensed inspection mechanics and 2,400 inspection stations. One sergeant, eight motor vehicle inspectors, and two clerks currently staff the program.

Click here to download a copy of the motor vehicle inspection rules
  • For routine questions about motor vehicle inspections, or to make a complaint on an inspection station call - 624-8939.
  • To Order Inspection Stickers (Licensed Garages Only) call – 624-8934.
  • To inquire about inspection station and mechanic licensing call - 624-8935.
How do I become a licensed inspection technician?
An applicant must be at least 17 years of age and have a valid, active Maine driver's license. Applications may be obtained from from the links below or by writing to:
Maine State Police - Traffic Division
Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit
20 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0020
Once the application has been submitted and approved, you will be scheduled for a written examination. Examinations are administered at various locations throughout the state. The approval process consists of a criminal and driving history check. Allow at least 60 days for the application to be processed and approved.
How does my business become a licensed inspection station?
A business may apply to become a licensed inspection station by making application to:
Maine State Police - Traffic Division
Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit
20 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0020
Applications may be obtained from the links below or by writing to the address above. Inspection station owners and on-site managers must go through the same approval process as inspection technicians, and should allow at least 60 days for the application to be processed and approved. Once the application is approved, it will be assigned to an Inspector for a facility inspection to ensure the reliability and fitness of the premises, including all tool requirements. The business must employ a licensed inspection technician that is available to perform inspections at a minimum of 16 hours per week. The complete list of inspection station tools and requirements may be found in the Inspection Manual 8/29/13 (This file requires the free Adobe Reader)

How long is my inspection technician license valid for, and how do I renew it?
Inspection technician licenses are valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issue. An inspection mechanic shall file a new application in order to be renewed. An examination is not required if application for a renewal is made within one year of expiration.

Inspection Station Applications

All of the following applications require the free Adobe Reader.

Motor Vehicle Inspection Program
36 Hospital Street, Augusta
Mailing address - State House Station #20
Augusta, ME 04333-0020
Phone 624-8939, fax 624-8945

Commanding Officer - Lt. Brian P. Scott