Safety Inspection

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 28 Jun, 2017

Uniformed police officers at any time, upon reasonable cause, may require the driver of a vehicle to stop and submit vehicle and its equipment to an inspection. Safety Inspection are not mandatory in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires residents of certain counties to get emissions inspections. However, the type of test differs depending on:
• the model year of the vehicle.
• the county you live in.
For more information, please see “Exemptions & Requirements” below or call (303) 205-5603.

Common areas of your auto that can be checked for safety


• Check interior rearview mirror
• Check exterior rearview mirror
• Check windshield wipers for correct operation and condition of blades
• Check bumpers and fenders
• Check for protruding metal
• Check for sun visors

Tires & Wheels:

• Measure tires for wear
• Check tires for cuts, snags, and cracks
• Check tires for bumps, bulges, and knots
• Check tire labeling for restricted usage
• Check wheel bolts, nuts, or lugs
• Check wheel for damage
• Check function of TPMS system
• Check for proper tire size
• Check for proper inflation
• Ensure tires do not protrude past fender walls

Steering & Suspension:

• Check for lash or free play in steering system
• Check power steering system for operation, fluid level, and leaks
• Check ball joints for movement
• Check ball joint assembly for seizure due to rust
• If ball joint movement is detected, check tolerance with tool (use manufacturer spec’s)
• Check torsion bars or springs
• Check tire rod ends
• Check tie rods for seizure due to rust
• Check condition of shock absorbers and struts
• Check wheel bearings
• Check axle shaft


• Check for brake failure and ABS indicator lamp operation
• Check brake system integrity
• Check parking brake functionality
• Check brake failure lamp
• Check master cylinder lines and wheel brakes for signs of leakage
• Check brake hoses for integrity, cracks, and wear
• Road test brakes (stop within 25 feet at 20 mph)
• Verify critical vehicle instrumentation (odometer & speedometer)

Lighting & Electrical System:

• Perform a visual check of all lamp functionality
• Ensure fog and driving lights illuminate with corresponding headlight beams
• Check headlight aim
• Check switches and functions of directional controls
• Check defroster function
• Check horn function
• Check for exposed wiring for damage and poor connections
• Check lights for cracks, leaks, or insufficient repairs
• Check for unauthorized after-market lighting
• Check airbag readiness light


• Check windshield glass for cracks, chips, and discoloration
• Check left front window for visibility and operation of all windows
• Check for incorrect sticker placement or other visual restrictions
• Check glass to the left & right of the driver position for after-market tinting


• Check integrity of floor pan and trunk area
• Check frame and body mounts

Exhaust System:

• Check vehicle muffler
• Check for after-market uncertified muffler
• Check for loose joints or leaking joints
• Check for leaks caused by corrosion, seams, or patches on muffler or tailpipe
• Check tailpipe end for restrictions
• Check for exhaust system modifications allowing excessive noise
• Ensure no part of the exhaust system passes through the passenger compartment

Fuel System:

• Ensure system is securely attached
• Check for vapor or fuel leakage
• Check for proper routing of fuel lines
• Check fuel tank and/or auxiliary fuel tank, or jug stored in vehicle

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