Beginning October 01, 2016, safety inspectors are required to take a recertification exam. If an inspector takes the on-line recertification exam they will receive a 5 year certification, all others will receive a three year certification. Emission inspectors must be recertified every 2 years. In both cases, PennDOT notifies all inspectors 180 days (6 months) prior to certification expiration that on a given date the emission or safety inspection license will expire.
It is highly recommended that inspectors do not wait until the last minute to take the appropriate exams.
Regulations require all inspectors to carry, on their person, the appropriate card while performing inspections. An inspector who waits until the last minute to recertify may be without a current safety inspection certificate card for several days or weeks until recertification can be received or until an emission analyzer has been updated.
Do not inspect a vehicle with an expired license. Many factors enter into the time element necessary to receive cards – weekends, holidays, mail delays, incorrect addresses, etc. The violation is “Inspecting by an uncertified mechanic” which is a 4 month suspension; and the penalty will be realized by both the station and the individual inspector.
NOTE: An inspector’s license expires at 11:59 PM on the day of expiration; however, technicians should not wait until the day of their expiration. Take the recertification exam prior to the date of expiration.
Courtesy of PAA Service Bulletin, No. 2, 2/22/2018