Inspection Information

Which Vehicles Are Affected

All New Hampshire vehicles still require an annual safety inspection. In addition to the normal safety checks, light-duty (8500 lbs GVWR and less) gasoline-fueled and diesel passenger vehicles whose model year is 20 years old and newer must have an OBD test as part of the inspection process. In order to perform this test, those cars are connected to the NHOST inspection unit via the standardized OBD port. The inspection unit communicates with the vehicle's OBD system to determine whether or not the monitors are working properly and if they are detecting any problems. Click here for an additional note on Diesel Monitors.

Where To Get Your Vehicle Inspected

All New Hampshire public, automobile inspection stations are required to use the NHOST inspection equipment. It is a good idea to call your station of choice ahead and verify fees charged. Click on the link here for a list of inspection stations and their fees where provided.Click here for the List of Inspection Fees.

Vehicle Owner's Responsibilities

As the vehicle owner, it is your responsibility to ensure the vehicle complies with inspection requirements. Just as you are required to correct any safety issues with the vehicle before it will pass the safety inspection, you are also required to correct any OBD system problems before your vehicle can pass the inspection and receive an inspection sticker.

The OBD system is installed on the vehicle to ensure that it runs smoothly, lasts longer and releases as few pollutants as possible. Repairing problems sooner rather than later could save you money in repairs and at the pumps.