BOSTON (WHDH) - A major change is coming to the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ inspection sticker protocol this fall.

Starting Nov. 1, cars who pass their inspections will get a new sticker with the month the last sticker inspired, rather than the month of the inspection. Any car owner who’s late getting their car inspected– over a year from the last inspection– will no longer get a sticker from the month of the new inspection.

Cars with stickers that expired the prior year will receive a January sticker of the current year the car is inspected, regardless of the month the car was inspected in the prior year. Those who get their cars inspected on time will still receive the sticker with the current month.

“Safety of the Commonwealth’s roadways is the most important reason for motor vehicle inspections. Vehicle inspections check tire treads, ensure all light signals are working and even check the front ball joints. It is the law that motor vehicles are inspected every year,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Colleen Ogilvie. “Vehicle owners are required to have the inspection done one year from the month the last inspection was done. We are asking all vehicle owners to place safety first and make sure to check your inspection date, and don’t be late.”

Mass. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg stressed the importance of testing emission control systems annually.

Starting Oct. 1, car owners will also no longer receive a printed inspection report when a car passes inspection to reduce paper waste. Instead, people can access and print their reports by going online to Mass Vehicle Check or scanning a QR code on a poster at the inspection site.

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