Clarksville, MD

12411 Clarksville Pike
(410) 531-6116

Columbia, MD

6810 Oak Hall Lane
(410) 381-1124

Gaithersburg, MD

19300 Woodfield Rd
(301) 963-0660

Clarksville, MD

12411 Clarksville Pike
(410) 531-6116

Columbia, MD

6810 Oak Hall Lane
(410) 381-1124

Gaithersburg, MD

19300 Woodfield Rd
(301) 963-0660


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MD State Inspection

All four Hillmuth Auto Care locations in Columbia, Gaithersburg. Clarksville and Glenwood are authorized Maryland safety inspection stations. We are licensed by the Maryland State Police to inspect passenger vehicles, light trucks and SUVs and trailers. Whether you are selling your car, purchasing a used car or want to get your car ready to be used in a driving test, Hillmuth Auto Care can help.

Schedule an appointment today to get your vehicle inspected.

Before Bringing Your Car

Make sure that your car is properly registered in Maryland before you take it to Hillmuth for an inspection. Sometimes it’s a Catch-22 because you need the safety inspection certificate in order to register your car. If you need an inspection for an unregistered car, you can obtain a temporary 30-day registration that will allow you to drive to and from the inspection site.

Maryland State Inspection Checklist:

The Maryland DEpartment of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration requires all vehicles go through a Maryland State Inspection. For most vehicles under 10,000 pounds this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Steering System
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Suspension
  • Brake System
  • Wheels / Tires
  • Fuel System
  • Exhaust System
  • Bumpers
  • Fenders
  • Lights
  • Electrical System
  • Mirrors
  • Glazing (windows)
  • Wipers
  • Hood / Catches
  • Door Handles
  • Floor / Trunk Pans
  • Speedometer / Odometer
  • Driver Seat
  • Safety Belts
  • Motor Mounts
  • Gear Shift Indicator
  • Universal and CV Joints
  • Emissions Equipment

For a more in-depth checklist which lists out what is looked at with each item above, check out our most up to date Maryland State Inspection Checklist.

What if My Car Fails?

A typical safety inspection involves checking all of your vehicle’s major systems and making sure they meet Maryland’s standards for a safe vehicle. In Maryland, unlike neighboring Pennsylvania, regular inspections are not required. This means the majority of vehicles get inspected only when they change hands, which can be once every 10 years or so. A lot can happen during this time, and even if you or the current owner of the vehicle took good care of it, it may still fail the inspection.

If your car fails the Maryland safety inspection, we will give you a report specifying the problem areas. You can get your vehicle repaired here at Hillmuth or you can take it somewhere else or even do it yourself. Once your car is fixed, you will need to bring it back for a re-inspection. If the repair was completed within 30 days/1,000 miles of the original inspection, we will only need to inspect the repaired area. Otherwise, all systems will need to be inspected again.

Contact us if you have any questions about the Maryland safety inspection or would like to schedule an appointment.

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