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How to Become an Auto Inspection Station in Massachusetts

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If you are a service station or auto repair shop owner in the state of Massachusetts, you may be interested in becoming a licensed motor vehicle inspector shop. Being a licensed shop can be a very profitable venture as annual state inspections are required for every vehicle in the state. Performing inspections at your shop can provide an additional source of income for your business.

Download and fill out an Inspector Training application (link in Resources). You can also contact the Parsons Training Institute, and they will mail a copy to your address.

Train at one of the five training facilities across the state in Medford, Pocasset, Braintree, Shrewsbury or West Springfield. Contact Parsons for further information at the number listed in tips. Each class has 3 parts: classroom, written exam and a hands-on demonstration.

Pass the written exam with a grade of 80% or higher. Passing all three portions of the training leads to receipt of the Certificate of Completion.

Pay the appropriate fee ($175 for automobile inspections as of 2010). The Registry of Motor Vehicles will determine if you meet the inspector requirements and, upon approval, will issue an ID (with your picture on it). The actual license (to post in your place of business) will be mailed to you and is valid for one year.