The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles changed how it handles late vehicle inspection stickers.
The change means that beginning November 1, 2022, vehicles that pass inspection will get a new sticker with the month the last sticker expired, according to the RMV. The sticker will be valid for one year.
Prior to the change, vehicles would get a sticker for the current month when their most recent inspection took place.
The change, officials said, will ensure that vehicles are inspected on time each year while maintaining emission standards.
“Safety of the Commonwealth’s roadways is the most important reason for motor vehicle inspections. Vehicle inspections check tire treads, ensure all light signals are working and even check the front ball joints,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Colleen Ogilvie. “Light-duty cars and trucks are equipped with emission control systems that reduce pollution to protect public health and the environment. It is important that these systems are tested annually to ensure proper emissions controls.”
It is state law that all vehicles are inspected annually. Owners who operate a vehicle with an expired sticker or who drive an uninspected vehicle can be fined and have their license suspended. These types of violations can lead to increases in auto insurance premiums.
Another change announced by the RMV will be that owners will no longer receive a printed inspection report when their vehicle passes inspection. This change, beginning October 1, 2022, is in an effort to reduce paper waste. If an owner wants a printed report, they will be able to access one online by going to Mass Vehicle Check or by scanning the QR code they see displayed at the inspection station they go to.