Question: What is the fine for driving without an inspection sticker for your vehicle?
Answer: The fine or related penalties for driving without a required inspection sticker on your vehicle will vary depending upon your specific state's laws.
For example, 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.
If the inspection sticker on a NYS vehicle 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. Mandatory state surcharges of up to $55 are added to the fine.
In NYS, you can also receive a parking ticket for not having the required inspection sticker on your car. The NYS DMV notes specifically that a parked vehicle with no inspection sticker, or with an expired inspection sticker, can receive a parking ticket.
In North Carolina, if a vehicle fails to pass a Safety/OBD Inspection within four months of the expiration of the existing inspection sticker, the vehicle owner will receive a $250.00 civil penalty and be unable to renew the registration until the vehicle passes a Safety/OBD (On-Board Diagnostic) emission inspection.
Also, if you are stopped by a law enforcement officer in NC, you are subject to be cited with a traffic ticket any time you are driving the vehicle with an expired sticker. The owner could be fined up to $250.00, and not be allowed to renew the registration until the vehicle passes the OBD emissions test.