Can I get my car inspected in another state?


Q: Can you please give me some insight? I live in New York state and work in Massachusetts five days a week, eight hours a day. My car was due for an inspection and it was easier for me to have it done in Massachusetts, down the road from my job.

When I got the car inspected, a month later I was pulled over by a New York state trooper who said I needed to get my car inspected in New York because I have New York plates. He gave me a ticket and said my Massachusetts inspection was no good.

I called the mechanic from Massachusetts who said it was illegal for the state trooper to give me a ticket because I didn’t have a New York inspection.

After all this, my check engine light is on and my registration has expired.

— Lee Rogers

A: If your vehicle was registered in New York, you have to get it inspected by a station licensed by the New York state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to DMV assistant commissioner Lisa Koumjian. Inspection stations licensed by other states don’t meet the DMV’s requirement.

An exception is made if your vehicle was registered and inspected in another state, and you moved to New York and registered it here. In that case, the out-of-state sticker is valid until it expires or one year after the New York registration, whichever comes first.

You can find an inspection station near you via 

Drivers of vehicles with expired or otherwise non-valid inspection stickers can face fines of $25 to $50 if the sticker is fewer than 60 days expired, and $50 to $100 if it’s been more than 60 days or there is no sticker. A mandatory state surcharge of $88 is added to the fine, $93 in town and village courts.

Unfortunately, you need a current inspection to renew a vehicle registration. 

Bike to Work Challenge: The Capital District Transportation Committee’s annual Bike to Work Challenge will begin Wednesday. 

The last time the challenge was held, in 2019, over 675 registered participants rode 6,732 bike miles, conserving 270 gallons of fuel and preventing the release of 2.7 tons of carbon dioxide. 

For more information and to register a team, visit

Carman Road: Carman Road (State Route 146) will be closed between Wayto Road and Marra Lane in Rotterdam starting Friday at 8 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m. as part of the state Department of Transportation’s previously announced roundabout project.

The access road connecting to the I-890/Thruway interchange and Exit 9B on I-890 East will also be closed. All properties on Carman Road will remain accessible. 

For local destinations, motorists will be directed to signed detours on Fort Hunter Road and Curry Road. For interstate access, there will be a signed detour on Curry Road at Exit 9A and Highbridge Road at Exit 8. I-890 East drivers who use Exit 9B should take Exit 9A and follow the detour on Curry Road and Fort Hunter Road.


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