New Jersey's rigorous emissions inspections are good news for the residents of the Garden State. They help to make our air cleaner, and state greener. In a nutshell, engines that run efficiently emit far fewer toxins. So getting the offending "smoggers" off the road and into the repair shop is important to our overall quality of life in the Garden State. We can feel good that strict emissions testing has kept countless tons of pollutants out of our skies, but we still have a long way to go. New Jersey hasn't reached the air quality goals set by the National Clean Air Act standards in 1990 - but we're on our way!
If we all do our part, we can make our roads safer and state greener.

Vehicles need to be inspected once every two years in New Jersey, except for new vehicles, which are given a five-year inspection.  Check the inspection sticker on your windshield to find the date your vehicle is due.  You may get an inspection up to two months prior to the expiration date.

How do you go about getting your car inspected? Follow these steps:
  1. Pick an inspection facility by clicking here
  2. Bring the right documents (must present in person - no photocopies, faxes or e-mails)
    • Valid Drivers License
    • Valid Registration Document
    • State of New Jersey Insurance Identification Card
  3. At certain locations - Make an appointment. This applies for the following locations:  Cape May, Salem, and Washington (Warren County)
  4. Check wait times - If your location doesn’t require an appointment, call toll-free 1.888.NJMOTOR (1-888-656-6867) Customer service representatives are available: M-F 8AM-4:30PM, SA 7AM-Noon.

In 2003, the Motor Vehicle Security and Customer Service Act was created to replace the outdated Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with a new and vastly improved New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).

If you remember the old DMV, you know how much things have changed. We initiated fundamental changes and reforms, and made excellent customer service our number one priority. We’ve also increased security at every Agency throughout the state. Today, conducting business with us is more streamlined, more secure and - dare we say it - more pleasant than ever before.

We’ve also enhanced our online features to make your MVC transactions and overall experience more convenient and hassle-free. We now offer a multitude of services online at that can streamline your experience with us and eliminate unnecessary trips to your local MVC Agency.

The new MVC has also taken steps to do our part for national security. Since the 2003 restructuring, we‘ve created the nation’s most secure Digital Driver License (DDL)!  It features more than 20 embedded security features that fight forgery while protecting you against identity theft. In fact, New Jersey’s new ID verification policies have been called one of the two most thorough and secure in the country.

To learn more about what the MVC can do for you, visit:

America's first official "Earth Day" was also the birth day of The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
(NJ DEP) - April 22, 1970. That day some four decades ago we became the third state in America to consolidate past programs into a unified major agency that would administer aggressive environmental protection and conservation efforts.

Former Governor William T. Cahill appointed Richard J. Sullivan as the first commissioner. Since that day, NJDEP has grown to more than 3,000 full-time employees who work tirelessly to manage our state's natural resources and solve pollution problems. Every month DEP field representatives visit each inspection facility to check the emissions-related equipment. DEP’s monthly equipment audits help ensure that the inspection equipment is working at its best. This is done as a service to the citizens of New Jersey.


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