Washington Car Inspection

Washington state law requires a VIN inspection for out-of-state registrations.
Written by R.E. Fulton
Reviewed by Carrie Adkins
Updated on Jun 27, 2022
Washington requires a one-time VIN inspection for all out-of-state and rebuilt title registrations. Emissions inspections are no longer mandatory in this state.
A VIN inspection confirms that a vehicle’s identification number matches the information found in public records. This type of inspection is often an important part of transferring a car’s registration to a different state. 
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What are the vehicle inspection requirements in Washington?

After 38 years, Washington officially
ended its emissions testing program
in January 2020. Air quality in Washington has improved enough since 1982 to make emissions testing unnecessary. 
Under current state law, the only vehicle inspection required in Washington is a one-time VIN inspection for out-of-state or rebuilt vehicles. 
If you’ve just moved to Washington or if your car was previously destroyed or declared a total loss by an insurance company, you’ll need to
schedule a VIN inspection
with the Washington State Patrol.
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Where to get a car inspection in Washington

To get a VIN inspection in Washington, start by visiting your local licensing agency to confirm that you need an inspection. They’ll issue you a Washington State Patrol Inspection Request Form
Complete the form and use the Washington State Patrol’s
online directory
to schedule your inspection at a location near you.

How often do you need a car inspection?

Washington’s VIN inspections are a one-time requirement: they are only necessary if the car is being registered for the first time after being rebuilt or registered in another state. 

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