PA State Inspections

Pa motorcycle state inspection is an annual inspection. That means that your motorcycle needs to be inspected once per year. Pa has a motorcycle inspection chart that inspection stations follow to determine the length of time that your inspection sticker will be valid. This chart can be found at The chart shows what month the registration expires, what month the motorcycle is being inspected and what month and year that the said motorcycle inspection will expire. Motorcycles that have registration that expires between November and April will not receive an inspection sticker that expires that same month that the registration expires. Example, if getting inspection in April and registration expires April 2008 the inspection sticker will expire October 2008. All vehicle inspections can be done 2 months prior to inspection sticker expiration date and get the following years inspection. Motorcycle inspection can last up to 14 months if you get the vehicle inspected 2 months prior to inspection sticker expiration.

Commonly asked questions

How high can my handlebars be?
The handlebars or grips may not be higher than the operator's shoulder level when the operator is seated upon motorcycle.

Will my tire pass inspection?
Tires with any dry rot cracking or tread depth below 2/32 will not pass inspection.

Do i need high beam indicator?
Yes, the indicator shall be lighted when high beam is in use and be readily visible to operator

Do i need registration plate light?
Yes, if originally equipped, shall emit white light and make plate visible from 50 feet to rear of vehicle.

Does my motorcycle need to have turn signals?
Yes, if the motorcycle was manufactured after 1973 or if originally equipped.

I hope this answers some questions. Have a fun, safe riding season, hope to see you out riding.
Craig Greenwood