Become a Certified Motor Vehicle Inspector

How do I become a Certified Motor Vehicle Inspector?

To become a motor vehicle inspector certified by the Department of Motor Vehicles in New York State, you must

You can also call the Office of Vehicle Safety and Clean Air at 1-518-474-4653 to get the forms, or call 1-518-474-0919 to get more information.

How long will it take to process my application?

It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks to process an application. The time varies however, depending on availability of certification classes in your area.

If my application is not accepted will I receive a refund?

Any rejected applications will receive a full refund.  If you take the class but fail your test, you will only be refunded the certification fee, not the $10 application fee.


How do I renew my certification as a Motor Vehicle Inspector if I do not have the renewal form?

Complete the Application for Renewal as a Motor Vehicle Inspector (VS-121W). Make sure that you include a check or a money order in the amount of $15, payable to 'Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.'

Mail the letter and your payment to

NYSDMV Bureau of Consumer and Facility Services
Inspector Certification Unit
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 220
Albany, NY 12228 



How do I replace my Certified Motor Vehicle Inspector Card (certificate)?

To replace your vehicle inspection certificate

  • complete the application for Certification as a Motor Vehicle Inspector (VS-120)
  • check the box on the form for 'Duplicate'
  • mail the form to the address listed on the form

There is no fee to replace your inspector card.

How do I change the address or amend on my certification record?

To make changes to your certification record

NYSDMV Bureau of Consumer and Facility Services
Inspector Certification Unit
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 220
Albany, NY 12228 



Do it by mail

Mail your Application for Certification as a Motor Vehicle Inspector (VS-120) to the DMV.

Do it at the DMV

You can’t apply at a DMV office.

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.