Vehicle Safety Inspection
Admiral Byrd Plaza, Building 3
5500 West Amelia Earhart Drive Suite 360
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Office Fax: 801-322-1817
Seeking Advisory Council applicants
- hear appeals of administrative actions regarding the suspension or revocation of safety inspection station permits and safety inspector certificates;
- advise the division on interpretation, adoption, and implementation of motor vehicle safety inspection standards; and
- advise the division on other motor vehicle safety inspection issues as requested by the superintendent.
- one member from the general public with experience or interest in product safety or consumer advocacy;
- one representative of the commercial trucking industry
- one member of the motoring public with no former or current affiliation with the motor vehicle sales, repair, or fuel industry or its regulation;
- one of two representatives from motor vehicle mechanics and motor vehicle repair business owners;
Utah Interactive Customer
Support Line: (801) 983-0275
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed Weekends and Holidays
The mission of the Safety Inspection section is to provide professional police services, improve safety on the state’s highways, and protect the constitutional rights of all people in Utah.
Our goal is to help reduce the number of vehicle collisions by working to ensure that motor vehicles in Utah are in safe operating condition.
What we do:
- Inspect motor vehicles involved in fatal collisions.
- Approve new safety inspectors and safety inspection stations.
- Investigate complaints related to safety inspection stations and inspectors.
- Conduct proactive enforcement of safety inspection rules and laws.
As of January 1, 2018 a vehicle Safety Inspection is no longer required for most vehicles to be registered or to renew the registration. Vehicles are still required to be in compliance with state laws related to vehicle equipment and vehicle Safety Inspection standards in order to be orerated on Utah’s roads.
The vehicles listed below are required to pass a Safety Inspection after January 1, 2018:
- Salvage Vehicle: If a vehicle is going to be registered as a salvage vehicle, it will need to pass a Safety Inspection the first time only it is registered as such.
- Street-Legal ATV: Any size street-legal ATV will need to pass a Safety Inspection the first time it is registered as such and each time it changes ownership it will need to pass a Safety Inspection to be registered.
- Commercial Vehicle: A commercial vehicle 10,001 or more GVWR or GCWR will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker. An annual federal inspection will also meet this requirement.
- School Bus: A school bus will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker. This is a separate inspection than those conducted in the spring and fall by the Utah Highway Patrol.
- Bus or Van for Hire: These vehicles will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker.
- Taxicab: Taxis will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker.
- Ground Transportation Service Provider: Vehicles that transport passengers for hire or as a courtesy in connection with a business pursuant to a license with Salt Lake City, where the pickup or drop-off of passengers occurs at the Salt Lake International Airport will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker. These vehicles include:
Limousine or Luxury Car
Bus or Minibus (excludes public transit vehicles)
Courtesy Vehicle or Hotel Vehicle
Special Transportation Vehicles for Persons with a Disability
- Three or More Axles: A motor vehicle with three or more axles, pulling a trailer, or pulling a trailer with multiple axles. Any “Class 6” to “Class 13” type vehicle or combination (including a trailer) described on the chart below will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker. Motorhomes with three axles are “Class 6” vehicles. Pickup trucks, including those with dual rear wheels, are not in the “Class 6” category.
The maximum charges for safety inspection allowed by State Law are as follows:
- $14.00 for motorcycles and street-legal ATV’s;
- $30.00 for passenger cars and light trucks
- $40.00 for four-wheel drive, split axle, heavy-duty trucks, trailers, buses, and any vehicle requiring disassembly of the front hub or removal for the rear axle for inspection.
For more information about Safety Inspections call the Utah Highway Patrol at (801) 965-4889.
Vehicle emissions tests are required in Cache, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah Counties. Please contact these county governments for information regarding emission testing requirements.
Safety Inspection is required by Utah law to investigate all complaints regarding state inspections. If you have questions regarding an inspection please contact the Safety Inspection office at (801) 965-4889. Action will be taken against any station that attempts to pass vehicles in violation of Safety Inspection rules. Safety Inspection also investigates complaints regarding unnecessary repairs.