No, you cannot get an inspection sticker in Massachusetts if your check engine light is on. The check engine light indicates that one or more components of your vehicle's emissions control system may not be working as intended. Inspection stations in Massachusetts will not pass your vehicle if your check engine light is active. Driving any motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker is a traffic violation in Massachusetts and may result in a fine and affect your insurance rate12.
If your check engine light is on, it's advised to have your vehicle inspected and repaired by a local auto repair shop before attempting to get it inspected for a sticker. Once the repair is complete and the test criteria have been run, obtaining the inspection sticker can usually be done at the same time3.
If your check engine light is on while you're getting an inspection, then your car will fail the inspection. The check engine light will prevent you from getting an inspection sticker. So why is your check engine light on?
We have compiled the top 6 reasons why your check engine light may come.
1. Your Oxygen (O2) Sensor needs replacing
2. Gas cap is loose, damaged or missing
3. Catalytic Converter needs replacing
4. Mass Airflow Sensor needs replacing (MAF)
5. Spark Plugs or Plug Wires need replacing
6. Bad mass air flow sensor