Moving to a New Location with Your Car: Inspections and Checks

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Moving to a brand-new location can mean new regulations that need to be met, especially when it comes to being a vehicle owner.

For instance, when you move to Virginia, your car will have to undergo a state safety inspection and emissions check in Alexandria, VA or another city or county in the state, unless it has undergone the latter in a qualified state within the last 12 months. After all, new residents are subject to the requirements set for annual safety inspections and emissions check before their cars can be registered.

As such, you need to have your car inspected immediately. If you don’t have a valid inspection sticker on your windshield, you can be ticketed, regardless of how long you’ve been a resident of the state. This “could result in a fine and be posted to your driving record,” according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Air quality

In other states, like Pennsylvania, emission checks were customized to meet specific regional air quality issues. They have made the inspections to be a part of the state’s plan to clean its air and keep it clean. Depending on the requirements of your vehicle, the checks can be once a year—at the same time or before your annual safety inspection.


Developed by the Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection, customizations were also designed to meet the state’s improvement goals while not losing focus on vehicle owner convenience.

Safety inspections and emission checks are two of the most common and regular requirements for vehicles in any state. If you don’t follow or meet them, you can find yourself forced to pay fines and to have a bad driving record, without having stayed long in your new home as of yet. As such, keep them in mind when you move to a new location with your car.