Information for Stations & Mechanics
The Automotive Safety Enforcement Division (ASED) licenses and oversees the operation of all licensed inspection stations and inspection personnel in Maryland. To review the regulations governing the operation of inspection stations see COMAR sections 11.14.01.01 - 11.14.01.06
o apply for a license to operate a licensed inspection station, Please go to our Online Licensing portal: ASED online licensing, and complete the online application and attach the required documents and submit. Questions concerning the application process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must submit the following documentation with your online application:
- Zoning Approval Form - A zoning official from the jurisdiction where the inspection station is located must sign the form indicating that the business meets all zoning requirements, including the issuance and use of an occupancy permit, if one is required.
Fire safety inspection report
Business Forms(Articles of Incorporation)– and a copy of a Trader’s License is required if you will be selling items over the counter to customers. The license can be obtained from the Circuit Court in the jurisdiction where your facility is located.
Power of Attorney - This form is required if the person who applies is a duly authorized representative of the company or corporation, but not an owner, partner or corporate officer.
As part of the review process, ASED personnel will inspect your facility to confirm that it meets all facility, equipment and personnel requirements.
The fee for applying to become an authorized inspection station is $100. Payment is collected as part of the online application process, utilizing credit card or electronic check processing.
Annual license renewal is $50, all renewals are completed online at Station Renewal
Additional fees may be charged if significant changes occur in the station’s operation, such as its location or ownership.
To become a registered inspection mechanic you must apply online and register for written examinations at Inspection Mechanic Exams
Requirements for Inspection Mechanics Refer to COMAR 11.14.01.03 for all requirements
At least 18 years of age; or 17 years of age and possess a certificate of satisfactory completion of an automotive mechanic's course from an accredited Maryland high school or its equivalent;
Have a minimum of 12 months general motor vehicle repair experience;
Possess a valid driver's license issued in the applicant's name for the class of vehicle to be driven in the course of inspection;
Receive a grade of at least 80 on the administrative and Class examination.
Successfully performing a demonstrated ability exam as required and prescribed by ASED