Vehicle Safety Inspections in Virginia Are a Must

1 Oct
Vehicle Safety Inspections in Virginia Are a Must

Vehicle Safety Inspections in Virginia Are a Must

Unless your automobile is registered as an antique with Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles and you do not drive it regularly, you must have an annual safety inspection. DOC Auto performs safety inspections and is a state-authorized inspection center. We can make certain your vehicle is safe to drive under Virginia law and certify it as such. Let’s talk about Virginia vehicle safety inspections.

Nearly Every Vehicle Needs an Inspection Each Year

As we briefly touched upon above, the vehicle or vehicles that you drive on a regular basis must be inspected annually and receive a new safety sticker each year confirming the vehicle passed the safety inspection. Antique vehicles that are 25 years or older and registered as an antique with the DMV do not have to be safety inspected, unless you drive the vehicle regularly. New automobiles purchased in Virginia are also exempt from safety inspections for one year.

If you bring your vehicle into the state because you’ve just moved to Virginia, old or new, your vehicle must pass a safety inspection in order for you to register the automobile with the state. In fact, it’s a good idea to get the vehicle inspected before you register it to avoid any delays in your vehicle’s registration. All vehicles must have an inspection sticker on them that is visible to the authorities. The safety sticker expires on the last day of the month noted on it.

DOC Auto Safety Inspections

The safety inspections we perform here at DOC Auto are in compliance with the requirements stated in the Virginia motor vehicle code and all other vehicle regulations. When you bring your vehicle in for its annual safety inspection, we will inspect the

  • Airbags
  • Brakes
  • Driver’s Seat
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel system
  • Horn
  • Lights
  • Mirrors
  • Rims
  • Seatbelts
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Tires
  • Wheels
  • Windshield

In other words, we’ll make sure your automobile does not pose any safety hazards when you drive it. We inspect all vehicle types, too, including crossovers, SUVs, and trucks. You can count on us to find anything that is wrong and because we’re a full-service auto shop, we can fix the problem right there.


Contact DOC Auto for your next vehicle safety inspection. We are located in Fredericksburg, VA, and we have two shops, one on Chatham Heights and one Courthouse Road, for your convenience. 

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Chatham Heights
175 Chatham Heights Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
(540) 899-3732

Courthouse Road
10734 Courthouse Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
(540) 710-0173

Monday – Friday:
8am to 6pm

8am to 2pm

Closed on Sunday