Vehicle Inspection Sticker…WAIVER. Did you know about this? #insurance #didyouknow

If your vehicle has never failed inspection, then you have lived a blessed life.

Perhaps though, you have a vehicle that has *just* failed inspection. Or- you know what I’m talking about. It’s semi-embarrassing and super frustrating to have this happen. Especially when the car seems to be running fine.

So they give you your own scarlet letter, a giant R on your windshield. Way to put the cherry on top, MassRMV.

Well, we know why they do it– for the safety of the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, blah blah blah.

Here’s some solutions you may not have known about.

You can actually apply for a waiver if your vehicle fails inspection. SAY WHAT! I know, I had the same reaction. The technical titles for these are Emissions Waiver or Economic Hardship Extension. The former waiver applies to vehicles who fail the emissions portion of the inspection test (duh). I do believe (though I am not finding this part on the website) that if your car is a certain age (old), then the emissions does not play a part in the pass or fail of your vehicle.

The latter Economic Hardship Waiver may come in even more handy. Let’s say you go bring your car to the gas station- or wherever you get a sticker – and they tell you that you fail. Boo. Your first reaction is to be really upset. Justified.

Your second reaction is to call your mechanic to get it all taken care of since Rejection stickers expire in 30 days. And deep inside, you get really sick thinking about the giant bill your mechanic –however nice they are– are going to rack up for service to your vehicle. Especially in this economy, car repairs get very expensive.

The Economic Hardship Waiver can waive the rejection of your vehicle for an additional 60 days from the date of rejection! That’s right. 60 days. And, if you have not been able to service your vehicle in that time, you can apply for another waiver.

If you ever face this type of situation, where it would be a hardship to repair your vehicle in light of a rejection sticker, you should call the Mass Vehicle Check Motorist Hotline to start the process: 866-941-6277. The representatives there are really so polite on the phone. They are there to help you. Don’t be shy.


For a complete review of your insurance policy or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call us! (781) 871-5414 is the office number or email me, Liz, at


(Source: Massachusetts Vehicle Check Official Site)

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