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Do you have to have your car inspected in the county you live in?

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In states where vehicle safety inspections are required, the vehicle does not need to be inspected in the county where the owner lives. Vehicle inspection laws apply throughout the state; therefore, as long as the vehicle is inspected in the state, the inspection is valid.

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Do you have to have your car inspected in the county you live in?
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As of 2014, vehicle safety inspections are required on either an annual or biennial basis in 17 states. In Maryland and Alabama, a safety inspection is required upon the sale of the vehicle. In states where safety inspections are not required, law enforcement has the right to stop a vehicle and perform a safety inspection to ensure the vehicle is road worthy.

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