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What is the penalty for driving without a valid inspection sticker in New York state?

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The fine for an expired inspection sticker in the state of New York depends on how long the sticker has been expired.

  • If the inspection sticker has expired in the past 60 days, the owner can receive a fine of $25 to $50.
  • If the inspection sticker is expired more than 60 days, the fine is between $50 and $100.
  • If there is no inspection sticker, the fine is between $50 and $100.

In all cases, the state adds mandatory state surcharges of $88 ($93 in town and village courts).

Once you are ticketed for the expired inspection sticker, you're basically being warned to get a new inspection sticker or to continue to be ticketed for driving without one or parking on public streets if you do not.

Safety inspection process

All vehicles registered in New York State must get a safety inspection and an emissions inspection every 12 months. Both inspections are also required when the ownership of a vehicle is transferred. Both inspections are done at the same time by a DMV-certified inspector at privately-owned inspection stations licensed by DMV.

The inspection stations electronically send a record of all emissions inspections to the DMV. The DMV must have a record that your vehicle passed an emissions inspection during the previous year or you will not be able to renew your registration.

Parking tickets

In New York state, you can also receive a parking ticket for not having the required inspection sticker on your car.


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1 Responses to "What is the penalty for driving without a valid inspection sticker in New York state?"
  1. Syd

    My inspection expired yesterday and I got a ticket today for expired expiration for $65. Not sure about the additional surcharge, I didn't notice that on the ticket. Hope not! But I wouldn't be surprised. :( I immediately took it to the mechanic and it passed with flying colors. I was penalized for an expiration of less than 12 hours. In California, they forgive this (or they used to) if you're able to show that you got an inspection in a timely manner.

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