MASSACHUSETTS RMV IMPLEMENTING GRACE PERIOD FOR CERTAIN EXPIRED INSPECTION STICKERS

Due to the nationwide system outage of motor vehicle inspection services by its vendor, Applus Technologies, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is allowing a grace period for specific motor vehicle inspection requirements outlined below.


The RMV is working in close partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts State Police, and other stakeholders to mitigate the impact of this outage.


The RMV has advised law enforcement that compliance with the safety/emissions inspection requirement has not been possible since March 30, in light of the outage caused by the malware attack against Applus.

● Motor vehicles with expired inspection stickers from March 2021 (“3” sticker on windshield) should be granted until April 30, 2021, to obtain an inspection.


● Vehicles newly purchased or registered on or after Tuesday, March 23, 2021, should be granted until April 30, 2021, to obtain an inspection. Newly purchased vehicles must typically be inspected within seven (7) days of registration.


● Customers who recently had an inspection rejection and are in the 60-day free retest window will be afforded one extra day for each day Applus’ system remains unavailable but should plan to facilitate their inspection as soon as possible once the system is restored and stations are online.


For additional information and details on these and other RMV service offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.mass.gov/rmv or https://www.mass.gov/info-details/rmv-covid-19-information.