NC Safety Inspections

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NCDOT requirements to pass your motorcycle inspection:


  1. Motorcycle brakes shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) When applying brakes to moving vehicle, there is insufficient force to stop the vehicle

    (b) Brakes are worn in such a manner that there is an uneven braking force.

    (c) There is an audible or visual indication that the brake lining is worn to the extent it is no

    longer serviceable.

    (d) There is less than one-third reserve in either foot brake or hand brake total possible travel when the brakes are fully applied.

    (e) Reservoirs of braking cylinders are not full. (Within manufacturers specifications.)

    (f) There is a visible leakage of fluid from any brake line or brake component.

    (g) Hand brake/foot brake cables or linkages are frayed, broken, frozen, or defective.

    (h) Motorcycles are required to be equipped with one brake. (Hand brake or foot brake).


  1. Motorcycle head lamps shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) Head lamp does not operate properly.

    (b) There are more than two head lamps connected on a single switch.

    (c) Head lamp is cracked or has holes that allow entry of water.

    (d) There is standing water in the head lamp.

    (e) Head lamp is out of proper aim.

    (f) Motorcycle must have a minimum of one, maximum of two head lamps.

  2. Motorcycle rear lamps shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) They do not operate.

    (b) Light is a color other than red.

    (c) Light is cracked, discolored or broken and allows entry of water.

    (d) There is standing water in the lens.

    (e) Lamp is not securely mounted.

    (f) Wiring is broken or frayed.


  1. A motorcycle stop lamp shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) Lamp does not operate when brakes are applied.

    (b) Light is a color other than red or amber.

    (c) Light is cracked, discolored or broken and allows entry of water.

    (d) There is standing water in the lens.

    (e) Lamp is not securely mounted.

    (f) Wiring is broken or frayed.


  1. A motorcycle license plate light shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) Light does not operate.

    (b) Light does not illuminate the license plate.

    (c) Light is a color other than white.

  2. A motorcycle horn shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) The horn does not operate.

    (b) The sound emitted is not audible at 200 feet.

    (c) The horn is not securely mounted.

    (d) The button is mounted so that it cannot be easily operated by the driver.

  3. Motorcycle tires shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) There is less than two thirty-seconds of an inch of tread at two or more locations around the circumference of the tire in tow adjacent major tread grooves, or if the tread wear indicators are in contact with the roadway at two or more locations around the circumference of the tire.

    (b) Cords are exposed at any location on the tire.

    (c) Sidewall is cut, bulging, damaged or is severely cracked due to dry rotting.


  1. Motorcycle rear view mirrors shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) The mirrors are missing, broken, or cracked.

    (b) The mirrors are not securely mounted.

    (c) The mirrors will not hold a setting while vehicle is in operation.

  2. A motorcycle exhaust system shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) The motorcycle has no muffler.

    (b) The muffler, exhaust or tailpipe have holes, leaving joints, seams, or patches.

    (c) The tailpipe end is pinched.

    (d) The exhaust system is equipped with a muffler cut out or bypass.

    (e) The muffler baffles have been removed or damaged to create a straight pipe.


  1. A motorcycle steering mechanism shall fail safety inspection if:

    (a) Front shocks are sagging or broken.

    (b) Front-end assembly is bent or there is damaged or twisted bolts.

    (c) Front-end nuts, bolts, or rivets are loose or missing.

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