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NC State Inspection Station for Raleigh

NC State Inspection Station for Raleigh

The service department at Matthews Motors Clayton is happy to act as your North Carolina State Inspection station for folks in the Raleigh area. Our licensed technicians perform Safety and Emissions inspections according to all NC Department of Transportation and DMV policies.

NC Emissions Inspections

By law, vehicles registered in Wake County have to have an annual emissions inspection to confirm the car is compliant with U.S. EPA guidelines. Certain vehicles are exempt from this inspection, including:

  • Some light-duty vehicles that are less than 3 years old or that have under 70,000 miles
  • Vehicles manufactured prior to 1995
  • Diesel-operated vehicles
  • Vehicles registered as farm equipment

NC Safety Inspections

Before you can renew your car’s registration, it has to pass an annual safety inspection. This inspection must take place no more than 90 days before renewal.

During the inspection, a Matthews Motors technician will inspect your car’s headlights, brakes, steering, and other components and systems vital to safety.

Vehicles more than 35 years old are exempt from NC safety inspections.

FAQs About NC Inspections


Do I need to have my new car inspected?

By law, all cars must pass inspection before they are eligible to be sold in North Carolina. This includes new cars and used cars. You’ll get a receipt certifying the inspection when you purchase the car which you can then use to get a license plate.

What if I bought a used car privately?

Cars not sold by a retailer have to be inspected before they are registered unless they have passed inspection in the past 12 months.

Does my car have to be inspected if I move?

If you move to Wake County or another county that requires an emissions inspection from a county that doesn’t, you don’t need to have your car re-inspected until the next time you have to renew your registration.

Does my heavy-duty vehicle need an emissions inspection?

Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 8,500 lbs. are exempt from inspections.

My car passed its safety inspection but failed its emissions inspection. What do I do?

Your car may be eligible for a waiver. Speak to a member of our service department for more information.

Have a question we haven’t answered? Visit the official NC DMV website for more information.

If you need to schedule a service appointment to have your car inspected, or if your car needs maintenance in order to pass inspection, reach out to our service department.

Dealer Information
Matthews Motors Clayton 11315 US Highway 70 West Clayton , NC 27520 Get Directions
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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