VIN verifications are required for vehicles previously registered in another state that do not meet the emissions testing criteria. Vehicles that are currently exempt from emissions testing by newer model year still require a VIN verification if they are from out of state.
Most emissions test centers can perform VIN verifications. If your VIN cannot be verified at the test center, you will receive a document that must be brought to a DMV Inspection Lane.
Specific vehicles require VIN verifications to be completed at a DMV Inspection Lane. Click here to see a list of vehicles that MUST be inspected by the CT DMV. Bring your vehicle along with proof of ownership to a VIN verification station. Click here for more information on proof of ownership documents. Click Here for DMV Inspection Lane locations and hours.
After the VIN is verified, you will receive a verification form that will be required to register your vehicle at DMV.
The fee for VIN verification is $10 payable directly to the VIN verification station.
Important note: The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (CT DMV) will accept the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) from an emissions test as a valid VIN verification. Because emissions testing cannot be completed on all vehicles (i.e., motor vehicles outside the 25-year testing window, motorcycles, trailers, off-road vehicles, etc.) the CT DMV requires a separate VIN verification for the registration process.
If an emissions test is required for your vehicle, do not request or obtain a VIN verification; this will be completed when your vehicle is emissions tested
Click here to see a list of vehicles that DO NOT require or are ineligible for emissions testing.
List of current test center closures.
Below the map, you can see and search the complete list of Test Centers that can perform VIN Verifications.