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Old 05-25-2012, 11:29 PM   #1
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Might be a stupid question, but I've never had to deal with inspections in any other state I've lived in. I'm going to try to keep my car registered in Arkansas, so I won't have to worry about it (not to mention I'll only have to pay 27 bucks for taxes) and I was curious as to what they look for. I'm currently running catless (as I'm sure quite a few others are) and really don't want to have to install a catted downpipe, so will the lack of a cat make me fail inspections? I just don't want to waste my time and go get an inspection if they'll automatically fail me for that.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:39 AM   #2
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1 of the stictest inspections in the country so im sure you'd fail. sorry. even window tint will not pass
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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1 of the stictest inspections in the country so im sure you'd fail. sorry. even window tint will not pass
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Im a MD state inspector. So allow me to shed a little light on the situation. I cant go into detail about what fails and what doesnt(it would take too long) but I can give you a quick rundown of what components we check.

steering wheel, column, rack, tie rods, ball joints, bushings, struts, wheel bearings, pads, rotors, calipers, parking brake, tires, floor pan, fuel cap, exhaust, converters, fenders, bumpers, all exterior lamps, door handles, drivers window, hood catches, speedometer, drivers seat, seat belts, motor mounts, cv axles, emissions components, alignment, window tint.

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Old 05-26-2012, 10:40 AM   #4
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The good news is that the safety inspection is a one-time deal, that's it.

The bad news is that it's strict, as these guys already said.

Emissions testing is every 2 years.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:37 PM   #5
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Sooo... Jump on the ball to keep the car registered in AR... Got it! Lol Thanks for the heads up gentlemen. If worst comes to worst I'll buy a catted downpipe, install it and then switch it out afterwards.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:38 PM   #6
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Sooo... Jump on the ball to keep the car registered in AR... Got it! Lol Thanks for the heads up gentlemen. If worst comes to worst I'll buy a catted downpipe, install it and then switch it out afterwards.
if you can get away with it yeah. Ive known people from out of state to have their nosey neighbors rat them out. Technically, if they can prove that you live here and arent just visiting for a week they can fine you for registering your car here...
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:20 PM   #7
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Im a MD state inspector. So allow me to shed a little light on the situation. I cant go into detail about what fails and what doesnt(it would take too long) but I can give you a quick rundown of what components we check.

steering wheel, column, rack, tie rods, ball joints, bushings, struts, wheel bearings, pads, rotors, calipers, parking brake, tires, floor pan, fuel cap, exhaust, converters, fenders, bumpers, all exterior lamps, door handles, drivers window, hood catches, speedometer, drivers seat, seat belts, motor mounts, cv axles, emissions components, alignment, window tint.

Good luck
You forgot windshield wipers.

When I moved back here from Oregon, my car failed safety inspection because one of the wipers had something stuck to the blade, causing it to streak. Nothing wrong with the wiper.

I've also had a car fail MD safety inspection before for having old PA safety inspection stickers on the windshield. Real safety hazard.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:27 PM   #8
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Sooo... Jump on the ball to keep the car registered in AR... Got it! Lol Thanks for the heads up gentlemen. If worst comes to worst I'll buy a catted downpipe, install it and then switch it out afterwards.
You need to register the car for Maryland and get a MD driver license within 3 months if you plan on living here. If not and nosey neighbors rat you out or if cops pull you over you most likely will get fined. there was a time when you could get away with it.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:55 AM   #9
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You need to register the car for Maryland and get a MD driver license within 3 months if you plan on living here. If not and nosey neighbors rat you out or if cops pull you over you most likely will get fined. there was a time when you could get away with it.
Are there provisions for military? When Pat was still in the Air Force and lived in Virginia, while he did get Virginia plates for his car, he didn't need to get the city sticker and he also had an Ohio driver's license. I'm not sure if he needed to get the VA plates, or if he got them because he'd bought the car while stationed in Virginia.

Maybe the OP can shed light on why he moved here from AR.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:59 PM   #10
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Idk about military provisions. That would be a question for the mva, not nasioc, lol.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:54 PM   #11
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Idk about military provisions. That would be a question for the mva, not nasioc, lol.
There's enough military types here that I'm sure someone would know the answer. The question is whether they will read this thread.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:31 PM   #12
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Are there provisions for military? When Pat was still in the Air Force and lived in Virginia, while he did get Virginia plates for his car, he didn't need to get the city sticker and he also had an Ohio driver's license. I'm not sure if he needed to get the VA plates, or if he got them because he'd bought the car while stationed in Virginia.

Maybe the OP can shed light on why he moved here from AR.
Not sure about military its very possible though. The MVA has a good website now that explains everything about everything. And correcting myself you now have 60 days to register your car in MD now

http://www.mva.maryland.gov/Vehicle-...EG/NewtoMd.htm
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:59 PM   #13
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From what I understand you can keep your current license as well as keep the car register in your home of record if your military. I work with numerous people who still have their car registered in states all around the country. I've also called the AR DMV and I can do it, but they do assessments on the car and need someone there in person. I obviously can't do it, but they said my father in law (who still lives there) can. I don't know why they just can't do it over the phone since they know the cars not going to be there in the state and I've told them this. I was trying not to inconvience him to get it done, but it'd be more of an inconvience to me to source a stock DP and cat and put that on for one day and then remove it and put the aftermarket one on.

Also I've been pulled over here in MD before for a tag light and I was in uniform and showed him my military ID along with my FL drivers license and he was cool with it. I told him I'd been here for 6+ months and he didn't say a word about it.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:35 PM   #14
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I understand the necessity of the inspection, but after having to deal with getting my wife's car MD certified, I never want to deal with it ever again.

Her car failed on the account of a tie rod (thus necessitating an alignment after install) and the fog lights. I replaced the tie rod and had a shop do my alignment.

As for the fog lights, I don't understand the reasoning of having functionality for an otherwise non-standard (and non-mandatory) item. I asked for a reason why the fogs needed to work, which they didn't give. I asked if I could just take them out then, since they not a mandatory item (my WRX doesn't have any) and they said they would still fail the car if I took the housings out. I had to buy the stupid multifunction switch (a common Chrysler problem) and install it for an optional feature that my wife doesn't even use.

On top of that, upon coming back for reinspection, they wanted to charge me a $39 re-lift fee to assess that the tie rod was replaced. I threw a fit and told them quite simply that I wasn't going to pay for it, and that they could just look at at and pull on it in the parking lot. They finally relented and took all of 1 minute to check the car for the rod and fogs.

I was so happy to have finally left with the inspection certificate.

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From what I understand you can keep your current license as well as keep the car register in your home of record if your military. I work with numerous people who still have their car registered in states all around the country. I've also called the AR DMV and I can do it, but they do assessments on the car and need someone there in person. I obviously can't do it, but they said my father in law (who still lives there) can. I don't know why they just can't do it over the phone since they know the cars not going to be there in the state and I've told them this. I was trying not to inconvience him to get it done, but it'd be more of an inconvience to me to source a stock DP and cat and put that on for one day and then remove it and put the aftermarket one on.

Also I've been pulled over here in MD before for a tag light and I was in uniform and showed him my military ID along with my FL drivers license and he was cool with it. I told him I'd been here for 6+ months and he didn't say a word about it.
I spent 5 years in GA and 2 in MD with my SC license and tags. Since I still had an address that my registration and stickers were sent to, it wasn't a problem. Hell, my wife had her car registered in SC and the DMV there even forwarded her registration and sticker to her MD address.

The only reason I finally had to switch was due to me having to get an MD license to buy my WRX here in MD. The dealership could not give me the plates and registration until that happened.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:14 PM   #15
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It's a pita, but the only thing that shop did wrong was tell you the car would fail if you removed the fogs. That's just plain WRONG. Yes, every lamp that the vehicle is equipped with has to work, but some cars have fogs and some don't. So if your car doesn't have fogs(i.e. you removed them) then obviously its a moot point.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:58 AM   #16
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I spent 5 years in GA and 2 in MD with my SC license and tags. Since I still had an address that my registration and stickers were sent to, it wasn't a problem. Hell, my wife had her car registered in SC and the DMV there even forwarded her registration and sticker to her MD address.

The only reason I finally had to switch was due to me having to get an MD license to buy my WRX here in MD. The dealership could not give me the plates and registration until that happened.
That would suck since my fogs don't currently work either and haven't for a while due to my wife hitting a racoon in Pensacola and I haven't had a chance to get under the car and look at the wiring. Also where in GA if you don't mind me asking? I was born and raised in Cobb county (Kennesaw to be specific) and the police there were Nazis about that kinda crap. I had a dealer plate on my old evo and I had two cops pull me over with their guns out of the holster (not pointed at me, but still out) and they said they pulled me over for the tag being wrong. After talking to them for a minute they holstered em, but I still don't know why they had em out lol.
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I lived in downtown ATL for 4 years while going to Tech for grad school. Never had an issue with my out of state plate.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:18 PM   #18
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I lived in downtown ATL for 4 years while going to Tech for grad school. Never had an issue with my out of state plate.
Just be careful. Its one of those things where if a cop pulled you over or if the MVA finds out they can give you a hard time if they feel like it. kinda like getting busted for no cats. they dont stress it but if they do it sucks to be you
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