Drivers in Missouri who own vehicles five years old or less won't have to worry about getting their vehicle's safety inspection after Jan. 1.
Vehicles will be exempt from the safety inspection requirement for the first five years after the model year of manufacture.
The Missouri Department of Revenue requires proof of a safety inspection when owners renew the vehicle registration on their license plates. Residents have the choice of registering their vehicles for either one- or two-year periods. Current law exempts new vehicles for safety inspections for the model year of the car and the immediate year after that. According to the Department of Revenue, "An estimated 650,000 vehicles will be exempt from having to get safety inspections in 2010 because of the enactment of the new law."
A safety inspection must be performed at an authorized inspection station. An inspection can cost $12 for cars and trucks and $10 for motorcycles. However, the cost of the inspection is decided by the management of the inspection station. A safety inspection has to be made within 60 days prior to the application of a title or renewal of license plates.
The Department of Revenue says, "If a motor vehicle is sold, the new law still applies. For example, if a 2009 car is sold to another person in 2011, a safety inspection will not be required. Safety inspections of school buses and interstate commercial vehicles will not be affected by the new law."
"The Department of Revenue wants to make people aware of the new law because fewer citizens will need to get their vehicles inspected," Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Department of Revenue, said. "This will also mean that many customers will need one less document when they renew their license plates. However, the Department urges citizens to monitor the condition of their vehicles and get them repaired if they believe there are mechanical problems with their vehicles."