Maryland State Inspection Facility

Tim’s Automotive is a fully Licensed & Authorized Maryland State Inspection Facility - Station #5939AC

TIM’S AUTOMOTIVE location at 3015 East Joppa Road is an authorized Maryland State Inspection Facility (Station #5939A). We are happy to take care of all your light, medium and heavy-duty inspection needs and repair safety order tickets with prompt, efficient service. Tim’s Automotive is authorized to perform Maryland State Inspections for all vehicles over 80,000 lbs.

At TIM’S, you never have to worry about unwanted or unnecessary repairs when your car is inspected. Tim’s follows strict guidelines set forth by the Maryland State Police. We provide a simple, uniform, and cost-effective program that will provide you with security and peace of mind.

Per the Maryland Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Administration:

Vehicle Safety Inspection

Most used vehicles are required by Maryland Law​ to undergo a safety inspection prior to its sale or transfer. Generally, the seller or transferor of the vehicle is required to obtain the inspection certification. However, for class E trucks (exceeding ¾ ton manufacturer’s rated capacity), class F truck tractors, and class G freight trailers, semi-trailers and dump service semi-trailers, either the seller/transferor or the purchaser/transferee may obtain the inspection certification. Once your vehicle is inspected your inspection certification will be electronically sent to the MVA.

Vehicle Classes

  • Class A Passenger vehicles, autocycles, limousines, multipurpose passenger vehicles, recreational motor homes and trucks 10,000 pounds and under GVWR, and trailers not equipped with air brakes.
  • Class B Any trailer, including those equipped with air brakes.
  • Class C Trucks, truck tractors, buses, recreational motor homes, converted buses, and limousines over 10,000 pounds GVWR.
  • Class M Motorcycles, 3-wheeled motorcycles, and trailers that are not equipped with air brakes.
  • Class T Any trailer not equipped with air brakes
  • Class R Recreational motor homes and converted buses.

It is best if you schedule the safety inspection first before you take the vehicle to be inspected, ensure that it is properly registered, either in Maryland or in another state. If you are not able to register the vehicle because it has not yet received a safety certification, you may qualify for a 30-day temporary registration​ that will enable you to legally drive the vehicle to the inspection station. It is the vehicle owner’s responsibility to legally transport the vehicle to the inspection station.

The Inspector will enter the inspection information into the Maryland Safety Inspection System, which will electronically transfer the information to the MVA if the vehicle meets or exceeds all Maryland safety standards. To improve customer service, the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division has implemented an electronic vehicle inspection receipt which is emailed to the customer. The customer should provide an email address to the inspection station so this receipt can be electronically sent to them.

If the customer has a temporary vehicle registration, the business day following a passed inspection, the customer can go online: myMVA eService​s​ to have the registration card and stickers, valid for two years, mailed to them, eliminating a trip to the MVA.

What happens if my vehicle fails the safety inspection?

If your vehicle fails to meet any safety standard, the Maryland Inspection Certification cannot be issued. You must have the problem(s) identified on the station’s inspection report fixed and then have the vehicle re-inspected by the same registered inspection mechanic at the same station. You have the option of fixing the problem yourself, having the inspection station fix the problem, or taking the vehicle to another facility for repairs.

If the vehicle is re-inspected within 30 days after the original inspection date and you have driven it less than 1,000 miles, the inspection station will only need to inspect the defective equipment identified during the initial inspection. However, if a new defect is visually observed during the re-inspection, the newly discovered defect must also be repaired and re-inspected. See Maryland's regulations (COMAR (A(3)) for details. Note that the inspection station can charge you for each re-inspection, unless the repair can be visually verified. If you do not have the vehicle re-inspected within 30 days or you exceed 1,000 miles, you will be required to pay for a new, complete inspection.


  • The fee for a vehicle safety inspection varies with the inspection station’s labor rate. Maryland regulations regulate the number of labor hours billed by the station for an inspection, but they do not regulate the station’s labor rate. The fee charged for a safety inspection must be prominently displayed in each station.
  • The fee for the re-inspection of a vehicle varies with the inspection station’s labor rate and the specific parts or systems that need to be re-inspected. A re-inspection fee is not to be charged if the repair can be visually confirmed, such as an inoperable light. If the re-inspection requires jacking, lifting, measuring, or testing the vehicle, a prorated fee may be charged. Check the station’s posted fee information for details.

Contact Information:

Maryland State Police

Automotive Safety Enforcement Division (ASED)

6601 Ritchie Highway, NE

Glen Burnie, MD 21062​

MVA Customer Service Center: 1-800-950-1MVA (1682) or 410-768-7000

Out-of-State: 1-301-729-4550

TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-301-729-4563

For details or to schedule, call Tim’s Automotive: 410-665-9098

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We are a Digital Shop

Our technicians use the latest technology to not only tell you if there are any issues with your vehicle, but show you. If we uncover an issue the photo will be e-mailed to you for your records. At the end of every visit you will receive a detailed report regarding the general health of your vehicle. Our #1 goal is to keep you safe on the road.

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