The California DMV requires that any salvaged or junked vehicle is in safe, roadworthy condition before being retitled. To ensure that critical components such as brakes and headlamps are not damaged or misaligned, a state-licensed Brake & Lamp Inspection Station must conduct a thorough examination and issue a certificate upon completion. Once the certificate is presented to the DMV, the vehicle can be legally registered.


Brakes are a critical component of vehicle safety, which is why the DMV only trusts a select number of auto repair shops to conduct a thorough inspection. Our expert technicians will evaluate every aspect of your car’s brake system.

Our Brake Inspection checklist includes, but not limited to:

  • Brake pads or shoes: Measurements must be within manufacturer specifications

  • Brake drums and rotors: Measurements must be within manufacturer specifications

  • Braking hardware: Must be present, installed correctly, and in working order

  • Hydraulic system: Inspection of the master cylinder, wheel cylinder, calipers, valves, lines, and connections.

  • Brake Hoses

  • Warning lamps: ABS

  • Emergency brake: Capable of holding the vehicle on a 6% grade

  • Suspension components such as ball joints, tie rod ends, bushings


Driving without properly-working lamp equipment is illegal and unsafe for both the driver and everyone else on the road, which is why the DMV requires a comprehensive lighting system inspection from a licensed auto repair expert.

Inspection checklist includes, but not limited to:

  • Headlamps and tail lamps: Must illuminate properly with all adjusting hardware in good working order

  • Lenses and reflectors: Intact with no cracks

  • Headlamp aim & intensity

  • Other lighting equipment: Marker lamps, backup lamps, brake lamps, license plate lamps, turn signals, high beam indicator, and all warning lamps in good working order