Vehicle Inspection

Maryland State Vehicle Inspection

Maryland State Inspection Checklist
If any of the items in these categories are damaged or not operating, they must be repaired in order to pass the Maryland State Inspection. View our Maryland State Inspection Checklist:

1. Obtain Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Reading

2. Inspect Steering For:

• steering wheel condition
• steering column condition
• lash
• travel for jamming or binding
• linkage for excessive free play
• power steering condition
• vehicle must be road tested

3. Inspect Wheel Alignment For:

• toe reading
• caster and camber only if road test indicates
• rear wheel alignment and axle

4. Inspect Suspension For:

• ball joint wear
• king pin or spindle bolt condition
• wheel bearing condition
• springs and torsion bar condition
• shock absorber or strut condition

5. Inspect Brake Systems For:

• stopping distance, either road test or decelerometer
• hydraulic system condition
• drum and disc condition
• linting and pad condition
• 2/32 inch general minimum
• general condition of mechanical linkage
• vacuum or hydraulic booster system condition
• parking brake function

6. Inspect Tires and Wheels For:

• condition of tires, size, type and tread depth
• condition of wheels, nuts, studs, or lugs

7. Inspect Fuel System For:

• fuel tank condition and leaks
• choke, hand throttle and accelerator operation

8. Inspect Exhaust System For:

• condition of manifold, all piping, muffler, resonator and the tail piping. To include leaks and proper mounting

9. Inspect Bumpers For:

• condition of bumpers including height and proper mounting

10. Inspect Fenders For:

• condition of fenders to include mounting and coverage of wheels and tires

11. Inspect Lighting For:

• condition and function of all original equipment lighting and whatever added lights are authorized
• inspect head lights for condition, candle power output and aim
• inspect auxiliary or fog lights for aim and proper mounting

12. Inspect Mirrors For:

• condition of mirrors to include unobstructed view of both inside and outside mirrors when required

13. Inspect Vehicle Glazing For:

• proper materials used for specific locations
• operation of driver window
• damage that exceeds allowable limited
• tinting not incorporated into the glazing except as noted in the procedures

14. Inspect Windshield Wipers For:

• satisfactory operation and condition of arms and blades

15. Inspect Hood/Catches For:

• condition and proper function of hood for full closure

16. Inspect Doors, Handles and Latches For:

• condition and proper function of all doors, latches, hinges and handles

17. Inspect Floor and Trunk For:

• holes or rusted out and weakened conditions in floor or truck pan

18. Inspect Speedometer and Odometer For:

• operation and legibility
• register in mph or kilometers

19. Inspect Electrical System For:

• proper condition and function of horn
• condition of wiring and switches
• neutral safety switch in automatic transmissions only
• condition of battery cables and hold down

20. Inspect Drivers Seat For:

• presence, condition and mounting

21. Inspects Safety Belts For:

• presence, condition and operation and mounting

22. Inspect Motor Mounts For:

• if originally manufactured with; check presence and condition

23. Inspect Gear Selection Indicator For:

• proper indication of correct position

24. Inspect Universal Joints / Constant Velocity Joints For:

• attachment and worn, damaged, or loose joints
• torn or damaged cv boots

25. Inspect Emissions Equipment For Presence And Proper Connection:

• catalytic converter
• positive crankcase ventilation
• air injection system
• exhaust gas recirculation system
• evaporative emissions system