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(704) 597-9513
126 E. Sugar Creek Rd. | Charlotte, NC 28213
Monday - Friday: 7AM - 6PM | Saturday: 7AM - 3PM | Sunday: Closed

NC State Inspection

NC State Inspection in Charlotte, NC

Sugar Creek Tire & Auto is a certified state inspection station. We're authorized to perform safety and emissions inspections in North Carolina. To stay road legal, make sure to schedule your appointment by the date indicated on your annual registration renewal. We recommend doing this sooner rather than later to ensure it's out of the way, and you're good to complete the registration of your vehicle.

We serve drivers across Charlotte, NC, including Uptown Charlotte and Downtown Charlotte, NODA, Concord, NC, Matthews, NC, and surrounding areas.

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About NC State Inspections

In North Carolina, most vehicles are required to undergo an emissions and safety inspection each year. Depending on your county, you may only need a safety inspection. Vehicles registered in Mecklenburg County require both. Please refer to the list below for other counties.

NC State Inspection in Charlotte, NC

Map obtained from NCDot.gov. Check the the North Carolina Department of Transportation for latest updates.

Counties Requiring Safety & Emissions Inspections

  • Alamance
  • Brunswick
  • Buncombe
  • Burke
  • Cabarrus
  • Caldwell
  • Carteret
  • Catawba
  • Chatham
  • Cleveland
  • Craven
  • Cumberland
  • Davidson
  • Durham
  • Edgecombe
  • Forsyth
  • Franklin
  • Gaston
  • Granville
  • Guilford
  • Harnett
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Iredell
  • Johnston
  • Lee
  • Lenoir
  • Lincoln
  • Mecklenburg
  • Moore
  • Nash
  • New Hanover
  • Onslow
  • Orange
  • Pitt
  • Randolph
  • Robeson
  • Rockingham
  • Rowan
  • Rutherford
  • Stanly
  • Stokes
  • Surry
  • Wake
  • Wayne
  • Wilkes
  • Wilson
  • Union

If you don't get an inspection by your due date, vehicle registration will be blocked. For this reason, it's recommended that you don't wait around when your renewal notice arrives. Call (704) 597-9513 to schedule an appointment with our team.

NC State Inspection Overview

For many drivers, an NC state inspection is a two-part process that consists of the Safety Inspection and On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) Emissions Inspection. The Safety Inspection includes checking your headlights, accessory lights, directional signals, foot brake, parking brake, steering, and windshield wipers. During the Emissions Inspection, special equipment is used to read your OBD. If you're within legal emission levels, then your vehicle passes the test.

Call (704) 597-9513 to set up an appointment with our team.

Passing and Failing

Passing: After your vehicle passes the NC state inspection, you'll be able to complete your registration. It's important to note that you'll no longer receive a windshield striker after passing. Today, North Carolina uses an electronic inspection program that removes the need for a sticker. Instead, the record of your vehicle's inspection is entered into the DMV registration database. Agencies and law enforcement can access this system to look up your inspection information as needed.

Failing: You'll need to get your vehicle repaired and pass the inspection before you can register. In the event that your vehicle passes the safety inspection but fails the emissions inspection, you may be eligible for a waiver. See North Carolina General Statute 20 – 183.5 for more information.

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Sugar Creek Tire & Auto

Sugar Creek Tire & Auto is a pillar of the Charlotte, NC community. Sugar Creek Tire & Auto is a leader in offering name brand tires, wheels, auto repair and brake services for customers located in and around the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Our goal is to focus on customer service. It is the foundation of our business. Sugar Creek Tire & Auto employs a well-trained staff specializing in the sale and installation of trailer tires, passenger car, performance and light truck or SUV tires. Custom wheels are available at Sugar Creek Tire & Auto. Special wheels and rims compliment any tire or customer vehicle. Complete under-car services, such as oil changes, brakes, shocks, struts, alignment, and transmission fluid flush for both foreign and domestic vehicles are readily available at competitive prices. Take this opportunity to browse Sugar Creek Tire & Auto website or call us for personalized service.

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Phone: (704) 597-9513
Address: 126 E. Sugar Creek Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28213

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