NH State Inspection: Your Questions Answered

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Every time you get in your car, you see that little sticker in the corner of the windshield that reminds you when you need to get your car inspected again. But do you know what exactly gets inspected during a NH state inspection? At Redman’s Muffler & Automotive, we do inspections on all cars, trucks, and SUVs, so you’re asking the right people! During an inspection, we do safety and emissions tests to verify that your vehicle meets the standards put out by the state.

Here are the criteria we check during a NH state inspection to ensure that your car is roadworthy.



How often inspections are performed doesn’t need much explaining. When you buy a new car, you must have it inspected within 10 days of the registration. Subsequently, your car must pass inspection once a year. Those yearly inspections have to be completed within 10 days of the end of your birth month. So for example, if your birthday is in June, you have until July 10 to get your car inspected. What you may not know is that you can schedule your inspection as early as three months before your birth month as long as you have a valid registration.



All passenger vehicles have to undergo a safety inspection to ensure that you and other drivers are safe when your car is on the road. This comprehensive check covers the most important parts of your car.

  • Mechanical – We’ll check that all your essential systems are working including brakes, exhaust, and suspension.
  • Interior – We also check the interior parts and safety features of your car. These include the horn, rearview mirror, and steering wheel.
  • Exterior – And finally we get the exterior. Your car will pass inspection if there are no large cracks in the windshield and the bumpers, tires, and wheels are in good condition.



The state of NH also requires that your car pass an emissions test. The test checks that your car does not put out pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide at higher than acceptable levels. The emissions test only adds a few minutes to the inspection.

NH State Inspection at Redman’s

Do you need to get your car inspected soon? Schedule your NH state inspection at Redman’s Muffler & Automotive. We’ll give your car a thorough check and have you back on the road in no time.


Contact Redman’s today to schedule an inspection or repair today!