We perform Virginia Safety Inspections at both of our locations, and Emissions Inspections as well at our Chatham Heights Road shop. Our Chatham Heights location is also a State Certified Emissions Repair facility – if your car ever needs repairs done to pass the emissions test, it’s probably a good idea to have those repairs done at a shop that’s certified.
Fortunately, the air in Virginia is smart enough not to cross the Rappahannock River – testing is not needed for vehicles registered south of the river. Thus our decision to not perform testing at our Courthouse Road facility.
The safety inspection (for the little sticker in the lower corner of the driver’s side of the windshield) is overseen by the State Police, who specify the procedure, publish tolerances, certify the techs, monitor the issuing of stickers, and so on. The Emissions Inspection program (to allow registering/reregistering of the vehicle) is administered by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), who certify the techs, approve equipment, etcetera.