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Mandatory Inspection Program (MIP)

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;
  • a spotter truck; 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 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 DPS 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.

Inspectors are required to re-certify every two years. To become certified or to re-certify, see the list of approved course providers.

For answers to your MIP questions, call 651-405-6196, or email thomas.j.nelson@state.mn.us.  

Forms and Publications

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