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Vehicles Exempt From Inspection


Exempted Vehicles

Certain vehicles are exempt from inspections, but they do vary, so be sure to check what is required for yours.

The following vehicles are exempt from inspection requirements (N.J.A.C. 13:20-7.2):

  • Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 1995 & older with a GVWR 8,500 pounds or less.
  • Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 2007 & older with a GVWR 8,501 to 14,000 pounds.
  • Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 2013 & older with a GVWR 14,001 pounds or more.
  • Historic motor vehicles
  • Approved Collector Vehicles which are less than 25 years old
  • 100% Electric vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Motorized bicycles
  • Farm tractors and traction equipment
  • Farm machinery and implements
  • Fire trucks having a GVWR of more than 8,500 pounds
  • In-transit construction equipment
  • All Diesel-fueled motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) 8,501 pounds to 17,999 that are plated commercial. The owner or lessee is required to inspected these vehicles.  
  • All diesel powered vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) 8,501 to 17,999 that are plated passenger, not for profit, governmental, commuter van, farmer or farm truck except buses
  • All diesel powered vehicles model year 1996 and older that are plated passenger, not for profit, governmental, commuter van, farmer or farm truck except buses
  • Omnibuses which are subject to inspection by the Commission‘s Commercial Bus Inspection and Investigation Unit
  • School buses which are subject to inspection by the Commission‘s School Bus Inspection Unit
  • Tactical military vehicles operated on Federal installations within this State


Historic vehicles

General inspections are not required for historic or collector vehicles. To be classified as a "historic vehicle" it must be:

  • At least 25 years old
  • Must not be modified from original manufacturer specification
  • Specially registered and display QQ plates


Collector vehicles

To be classified as a "collector vehicle" make sure that the vehicle:

  • Is not registered as a "historic vehicle" or a "street rod"
  • Is not driven more than 3,000 miles per year
  • Is insured as a limited use "collector vehicle"
  • Is not a vehicle with an elevated chassis height subject to an inspection in accordance with NJAC 13:20-37
To qualify for an exemption:
  • A vehicle must first be prequalified as a collector vehicle. Click here to see if your vehicle qualifies as a collector vehicle.
  • Visit an MVC Agency to purchase a voucher for a special decal to mark the vehicle exempt from safety and emission inspection; fee is $25 for an initial voucher and $10 to renew. You must provide the approval letter from the MVC I/M Support to the agency.
  • Take the collector vehicle to a State Inspection Station where the inspector will verify the odometer reading
Submit completed application to:

Motor Vehicle Commission
Collector Vehicle
P.O. Box 680
Trenton, NJ 08666-0680