Vehicle inspections match the vehicle identification number (VIN) to the vehicle ownership documents to determine the identity of the vehicle, and in some cases verify the vehicle is properly equipped for highway use. If applicable, you will need three items for an inspection:
- Proof of ownership, usually a title(if issued), registration (if issued), or bill of sale
- Valid driver license
- Receipts or invoices for all component parts that have been repaired or replaced.
Note: No vehicle emissions testing is performed during a Level II or Level III inspection. For more information about vehicle emissions, please visit myAZcar
Three Inspection Levels
Level II/III inspections are performed at Enforcement and Compliance Division (ECD) Inspection locations.
Level I inspections are conducted as necessary at MVD offices or by designated law enforcement officers for title only requests, bonded titles and some out of state/country vehicles without proof of title and/or registration. Most vehicles are successfully inspected and verified at this level.
This inspection can only be performed at ADOT ECD inspection locations. Secondary inspection is conducted by a peace officer when circumstances indicate a secondary VIN(s) should be verified for proper vehicle identification. The fee is $20 and, if an Arizona assigned number is issued, a $5 fee will be added. Level II vehicle inspections are by appointment only. To schedule an online appointment, please go to servicearizona.com for the date, time and location most convenient for you.
In some cases where a Level II inspection is conducted, a review at a later date may determine that a Level III inspection is required. You will then be required to pay an additional fee of $30.
This highest level inspection can only be conducted by a peace officer at ADOT ECD inspection locations. The fee is $50. Level III vehicle inspections are by appointment only. To schedule an online appointment, please go to servicearizona.com for the date, time and location most convenient for you.
Level III inspections are required when a vehicle is restored salvage, a recovered stolen vehicle or has been involved in a collision. This inspection is necessary to verify all major component parts (front-end assembly, engine, transmission, rear-end assembly for trucks and truck-type vehicles), and the vehicle is equipped for highway use.
For more information regarding vehicle inspections conducted in the Phoenix Metro area please email [email protected]
For additional information, please see our Vehicle Services FAQ.
Abandoned Vehicle Inspections
If you intend to take possession of an abandoned vehicle, it must be inspected. Contact one of these locations for more information on where and when to have the abandoned vehicle inspected.