The goal of the Rhode Island Vehicle Inspection program is to ensure that the vehicles operating on the Rhode Island roadways are safe and environmentally clean. The regulations are designed to prevent continued use of defective emissions and safety equipment so that at least one time during the required inspection cycle a vehicle is inspected by qualified personnel to ascertain that the vehicle is properly equipped for continued use.
All newly registered vehicles (except new vehicles) must have a valid Rhode Island inspection certificate (sticker) or pass a Safety and Emissions inspection within 5 days of registration. Failure to comply may result in registration suspension until such time as the vehicle is brought into compliance.
All inspections are conducted in accordance with the state's Official Manual for Motor Vehicle Inspection.
More information about Rhode Island's vehicle inspection program is available at the Rhode Island Emissions and Safety Testing web site.