Certified Virginia Vehicle State Inspection Station

American Pride Automotive is a conveniently located authorized Virginia State Inspection Station, servicing residents and businesses of Yorktown, York County, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Gloucester, Toano and Williamsburg.

As a full-service, AAA-accredited automotive repair shop with qualified ASE-certified technicians, we can repair any inspection violations to get you back on the road again quickly.

State Inspections for the Community 

At American Pride, giving back to the community is part of our company culture and something we strive for every day. One of the ways we do this is by donating a portion of the proceeds from certified state inspections to local organizations with important missions and values. Past recipients include: Heritage Humane Society, Peninsula SPCA, Grove Christian Outreach Center and more.

Through the end of 2014, American Pride is proud to donate $5 of every state inspection fee to Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg.


By providing care for people who are terminally ill at no cost to their families, Hospice House pursues its mission of enhancing the quality of living for individuals facing the last phases of life and supporting their caregivers. Highly trained staff works 24/7 to offer assistance with daily tasks, light meals and spiritual/moral support in the form of counseling. With four residential guestrooms, a kitchen, spacious common areas and beautiful wooded grounds, the facility is a home away for home for those dealing with the prospect of losing a loved one–all for no charge.

American Pride is thrilled to contribute to this wonderful organization and we encourage you to choose us for your yearly state inspection. The cost for the inspection is no higher than anywhere else, but the benefit to the community is much greater.


Questions about the Virginia State Inspection process? See our FAQ below!

Virginia State Inspection LicenseFAQs:

Q. Once I have registered my vehicle in the state of Virginia, how long do I have before my vehicle must be inspected?
A. There is no grace period. Once you have registered a vehicle with the Division of Motor Vehicles in the state of Virginia, it must be inspected immediately.
Q. Does an inspection sticker expire on the first or last day of the month indicated on the sticker?

A. The sticker expires the last day of the month.
Q. Are antique vehicles exempt from inspection? What are the restrictions?

A. Vehicles that are at least 25 years old can be defined as “antique.” If a vehicle is registered as an antique through the Department of Motor Vehicles, it is exempt from state inspection.
Q. Can I operate my vehicle with a rejection sticker on the windshield?

A. The validity period of a rejection sticker is 15 days, in addition to the day of inspection.
Q. What is the cost of a safety inspection?

A. The cost is $16.00 for a motor vehicle, including trailers and semi-trailers, and $12.00 for a motorcycle.
Q. Do new vehicles need to be submitted for the annual safety inspection?

A. New vehicles purchased in Virginia that have been inspected in accordance with the manufacturer or distributor are not required to undergo the initial annual safety inspection. Placement of an inspection sticker on the windshield of a vehicle will be at the automobile dealer’s option.
Q. What are the consequences of driving with an expired sticker?

A. If a police officer sees the expired sticker, or if you are pulled over for another reason you will be issued a ticket for not having a current inspection. As of early 2012 the ticket was $90.
Q. What are the most common reasons for a car or truck failing inspection?
A.  Lights (brake lights, headlights, taillights), windshield wipers, cracked windshields, tires, and brake pads and rotors are the most common parts requiring replacement to pass inspection.
Q. Do all windshield cracks fail for State Inspection?
A. No, it will only fail if there is a pit, chip, or star crack larger than 1½ inches in diameter at any location in the windshield above the 3-inch line at the bottom, or if at any location in the windshield above the 3-inch line at the bottom there is more than one crack from the same point if at least one of the cracks is more than 1½ inches in length. There is any crack that weakens the windshield so that one piece may be moved in relation to the other. (If there is more than one crack running from a star crack that extends above the 3-inch line, the windshield shall be rejected.).
Q. What if I think my vehicle is being failed just so I have to pay for repairs? Where can I just buy a sticker?
A. At American Pride our inspectors take their role seriously. The license to inspect vehicles belongs to the individual and not to the shop. State Inspectors must pass an exam every 4 years and can lose their license at any time if they are convicted of a misdemeanor or even receive a reckless driving ticket. The State Police enforce these rules very firmly, if an inspector is caught passing cars that should not pass, or selling stickers without doing an inspection, they will lose their license (which is part of their livelihood) and potentially face criminal charges. If you’re concerned about the legitimacy of an inspection you may contact the regional State Police office which you can find on their website.
Q. Are neon lights legal in Virginia?
A. No, neon lights are illegal anywhere on or in a vehicle in Virginia unless they are completely covered and unlit when being operated on public roads.

Still have Questions?  Email Us and we’ll add them to the FAQ.

Here’s the official Inspection procedure from the State Police:


  3. INSPECT BRAKES FOR: Worn, damaged or missing parts, leaks in system, proper fluid level.
  4. INSPECT PARKING BRAKE FOR: Broken or missing parts, proper adjustment, standard factory equipment or equivalent.
  5. INSPECT HEADLIGHTS FOR: Approved type, aim, and output. Condition of lamp, wiring and switch. Beam indicator.
  6. INSPECT OTHER LIGHTS FOR: Approved type, proper bulbs, condition of lenses, wiring and switch. Aim of fog and driving lamps. Illumination of all lamps, lens color and condition of lens.
  7. INSPECT SIGNAL DEVICE FOR: Approved type, proper bulbs, condition of lenses, wiring and switch; illumination of all lamps, lens color and condition of lens.
  8. INSPECT STEERING AND SUSPENSION FOR: Wear in bushings, kingpins, ball joints, wheel bearings, tie rod ends. Looseness of gear box on frame, condition of drag link and steering arm. Play in steering wheel. Wheel alignment and axle alignment. Broken spring leaves and worn shackles. Shock absorbers. Broken frame. Broken or missing engine mounts.
  9. INSPECT TIRES, WHEELS AND RIMS FOR: Condition of tires, including tread depth; condition of wheels.
  10. INSPECT MIRROR FOR: Rigidity of mounting. Condition of reflecting surface. View of road to rear.
  11. INSPECT HORN FOR: Electrical connections, mounting and horn button; emits sound audible for a minimum of 200 feet.
  12. INSPECT WINDSHIELD AND OTHER GLASS FOR: Approved type safety glass. Cloudiness, distortion or other obstruction to vision. Cracked, scratched or broken glass. Stickers. ALL UNAUTHORIZED STICKERS MUST BE REMOVED. Operation of left front door glass.
  13. INSPECT WINDSHIELD WIPER/DEFROSTER FOR: Operating condition; condition of blade.
  14. INSPECT EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR: Condition and leakage of gasses from motor to point discharged from system.
  15. INSPECT LICENSE TAGS FOR: Illumination of rear plate.
  16. INSPECT HOOD AND AREA UNDER THE HOOD FOR: Operating condition of hood latch; presence of emissions system; evidence that any essential parts have been removed, rendered inoperative or disconnected. Proper levels of brake fluid, power steering fluid. Power steering belt — proper tension, wear or absence.
  17. INSPECT AIR POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEM (1973 and Subsequent Models) FOR: Installation and operation. Includes the catalytic converter and the fuel tank filler pipe.
  18. INSPECT DRIVER’S SEAT FOR: Anchorage, location, condition.
  19. INSPECT SEAT BELTS FOR: Approved type, installation.
  20. INSPECT DOORS AT THE RIGHT and LEFT SIDE OF THE DRIVER’S SEAT FOR: Handle or opening device, which will permit the opening of the door from the outside and inside.
  21. INSPECT VEHICLE LATCHING SYSTEM FOR: Holding door in its proper closed position.
  22. INSPECT FUEL SYSTEM FOR: Any part that is not securely fastened. Liquid fuel leakage; fuel tank filler cap for presence.
  23. INSPECT FLOOR PAN FOR: (a) Holes which allow exhaust gasses to enter occupant compartment, (b) Conditions which create a hazard to the occupants.