Massachusetts Announces Vehicle Inspection Sticker Changes

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Sept. 13, 2022—In an effort to ensure vehicles are inspected each year, Massachusetts is making some changes to its inspection stickers. 

According to CBS News, when cars pass the annual Massachusetts inspection requirement, drivers will receive a sticker labeled with the month the last sticker expired instead of the month of the actual inspection. Drivers who wait longer than a year for the inspection will get a January sticker. This change goes into effect on Nov. 1, according to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. 

"Any vehicle owner late in getting a vehicle inspected, beyond one year from the last inspection, will no longer get a sticker displaying the month the new inspection occurred," the RMV said in a statement, according to CBS News. "Vehicles with inspection stickers that expired last year will receive a January sticker of the current year the vehicle is being inspected, no matter the month the vehicle is inspected this year."  

The hope is that this change will encourage drivers to get their cars inspection on time each year. Starting on Oct. 1, the RMV also plans to change its printed inspection reports to digital versions for cars that pass. Cars that fail will receive printed reports.

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