Licenses and Certifications Requirements

May 6, 2019 | Member News

All service managers/station managers are required to take a physical inventory of all technician driver’s licenses, safety inspection and emission licenses, if applicable.


All technicians must be properly licensed with a category 1, 2, 3 or a combination of licenses as well as the proper driver’s license to road test vehicles being inspected.


A category 3, 4, 6 or 7 inspection certification is required for vehicles with a GVWR greater than 17,000 lbs. and trailers greater than 10,000 lbs. GVWR.


A CDL driver’s license is not required to receive a category 3 safety inspection certification. A non CDL “c” license is permitted to drive vehicles up to and including 26,000 lbs. GVWR.


Vehicles requiring a CDL to legally perform a road test on public roads may be road tested on private property without a CDL, proving a legitimate and complete road test can be performed.


There is no air brake restriction on drivers possessing a non CDL driver’s license.


Emission inspectors designated as certified repair inspectors (CI) will retain that status for a long as the original emission inspector certification remains valid. If the original emission certification becomes invalid for some reason (violation, forget to recertify, etc.) the inspector will be required to reapply with current training credentials.


Source: Pennsylvania Automotive Association