Brake & Lamp inspection

Why is a brake and lamp inspection needed?
The purpose of a brake and lamp inspection is to assure that a vehicle being issued a salvage certificate is in a safe Brake and Lights component operation according to manufacture specification prior to being retiled,


A vehicle also may needed such an inspection for Brake & Light (Lamp) to correct a defect cited by a law enforcement agency such as Police, Sharif or the California Highway patrol.

When you decide to keep or buy a salvaged vehicle, either due to accident damage or theft of the vehicle, the California DMV treats the case as a ownership of the vehicle is going change, even though the owner may remains the same.

DMV requires the vehicle to get inspected for Brake & lamp at a State Licensed Inspection station to conduct a thorough and complete examination of Brake and lamp components and other component that may affect Brake or Lamp components which may have been possibly damaged or misaligned due to an accident or resulting of theft damage.

This process is called Brake and Lamp Inspection and when successfully completed and passed a certificate is issued to be presented to the DMV or law agencies of correction of any cited component for the safety of the vehicle.

Brake component System
Brake Shoes, Pads, Rotors and or Drums should be within manufacture specifications.

Brake Rotors and on some vehicles Brake Drums must be within manufacturers specifications.

All braking hardware should not be missing and in a good working condition, Emergency Foot or hand brake should be working according to manufacture specification.

No signs of leakage in the hydraulic system, this includes master cylinder, (if equipped with Anti Lock system, ABS Module and pump) , wheel cylinders, calipers, valves and hoses and no cracks in hoses.

Warning Lamps and if vehicle has ABS system, They must come on when and go off when they are design.

Vehicle must be able to stop in or less than 20 feet at a speed of 25mph.

Lamp component (Light) System
All vehicle install originally lighting component equipment must be in working order.

Headlamps (low and High beams) has to be working and aimed at manufacture specification , Tail lamps, marker lamps, back-up lamps, brake lamps( including 3rd light if equipped), license plate lamps, turn signals, high beam indicator & any and all warning lamps.

Headlamps must be amiable.

All adjusting hardware must be in good working order.

  • Lenses and reflectors should be intact, (NOT BROKEN OR CRACKED)
  • Headlights must be aimed according to manufacture specification.
  • Body damage that effects the properly working of lighting equipment must be repaired prior to inspection.
  • Damage to headlamp aiming pads or lenses will need to be corrected prior to the inspection.
  • If the vehicle is equipped with aftermarket lighting, it must work and installed properly according to state regulations or be removed. This includes fog lamps or any aftermarket lights like KC style spot lamps.