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Minnesota State Patrol

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Mandatory Inspection Program (MIP)

Important COVID-19 Information for MIP Inspectors

Our office remains closed to the public. Inspection decals may be ordered by mail using the decal order form​​.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many certification and re-certification classes were canceled. While classes have resumed, many inspector certifications have expired. Therefore, certification extensions are being granted according to the following guidelines. Please read carefully:

  • If your certification expired in March or April 2020 - 

​You will receive a five month extension of your certification.  You will still be active and will be allowed to purchase decals and conduct inspections for 5 months past your certification expiration date. You must attend a class ASAP as they are being offered. Travel may be required.​
  • If your certification expired in May or June 2020 -

​You will receive a four month extension of your certification. You will still be active and will be allowed to purchase decals and conduct inspections for 4 months past your certication expiration date.  You must attend a class ASAP as they are being offered.  Travel may be required.​
  • If your certification expired prior to March 1, 2020 AND you had registered to take a recertification course but the course was cancelled - 

​You will receive a five month extension of your certification. You will be allowed to purchase decals and conduct inspections until August 1, 2020.  You must attend a class ASAP as they are being offered.  Travel may be required.​
  • If your certification expired prior to March 1 and you are in the 6 month grace period AND you were not registered for a​ recert class you will not be allowed to conduct inspections or purchase decals. 

    The six month grace period will be extended for all inspectors whose certification expired September 1, 2019, through February 1, 2020.  All those in this group will be allowed to take the recertification course as long as it is completed by August 1, 2020. Beyond that date, you will be required to take the full certification course again. 

    With classes resuming there is an expectation to attend a course as soon as possible. ​ 

As we progress through the coronavirus pandemic, this policy will be re-evaluated and and updated as necessary. Please check regularly for updates. Thank you for your patience as we work through this together.

Ordering Decals

Complete a Decal Order Form and specify for what year you are requesting decals. It is preferred, but not required, that you complete the form electronically; then print and mail it. 

For the security of all parties, credit card orders for inspection decals must be made in person or via U.S. Mail.  In order to protect your credit card and personal information, email and faxed orders cannot be accepted. The address for purchasing decals is printed on the decal order form.

Updated Inspection Handbook

The 2020 Certified Inspector Student Handbook is available for download. If you are a certified inspector, we recommend you download a copy of the handbook, as well as the 2020 Mandatory Inspection Program Update. The update summarizes the revisions to the inspection criteria contained in the handbook, in addition to recent changes in policies governing the MIP.

New Inspection Form

The Periodic Vehicle Inspection Form has undergone some minor revisions. The newest form, with a revision date of 01/01/2019, is the only form approved for use beginning March 1, 2019. You may download a copy of either the traditional handwritten form or an electronic form, from the links below.

What vehicles must be inspected?

Minnesota Statute 169.781 requires commercial motor vehicles to be inspected annually and display an annual inspection decal. For purposes of the annual inspection, a commercial motor vehicle is:

  • a vehicle or combination of vehicles having a gross vehicle weight greater than 26,000 pounds;
  • a bus; or
  • a vehicle, regardless of size, that transports a quantity of hazardous materials requiring the vehicle to display placards; or
  • a self-propelled special mobile equipment mounted on a commercial motor vehicle chassis with a gross vehicle weight more than 26,000 pounds

A Minnesota-registered commercial motor vehicle housed and maintained in another state that has been inspected in accordance with federal regulations, may be eligible for a certificate of compliance. Please see the documents linked below.

covered farm vehicle is not required to be inspected and is not required to display an annual inspection decal. However, if requested by the owner, a certified inspector may conduct an inspection and affix an official annual inspection decal.

Who may perform an annual inspection?

A required inspection may be performed only by:

  • An employee of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) or Transportation (MnDOT) who has been certified by the commissioner of public safety after having received training provided by the State Patrol;
  • Another person who is not an employee of DPS or MnDOT certified by the commissioner if the person is:
    • An owner, or employee of the owner, of one or more commercial motor vehicles that are power units;
    • A dealer licensed under section 168.27 and engaged in the business of buying and selling commercial motor vehicles, or an employee of the dealer;
    • Engaged in the business of repairing and servicing commercial motor vehicles.

How do I become a certified inspector?

The Minnesota State Patrol partners with several technical colleges and the Minnesota Trucking Association to provide inspector certification and re-certification courses. All certification courses are held at the Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section headquarters in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. To register for a class, see the 2021 certification calendar​.

Inspectors are required to recertify every two years. Recertification must be completed before the expiration date of your certification. Once your certification expires, you are no longer able to perform inspections. If you do not successfully complete a recertification course within six months following the expiration of your certification, you must successfully complete the full certification course to be reinstated. To register for recertification, contact the approved course provider​​ nearest you.

What if I have additional questions about annual inspections?

For answers to your MIP questions, call 651-350-2000, Option 2, or email  

Forms and Publications

The following PDF forms may not be filled out online. Where applicable, they may be filled out, printed, and mailed or emailed to the addresses indicated on the forms.