How To Get Your Car Inspected

RMVR Annual and Event Tech Inspections: A How-To for Car Owners/Drivers

Annual Tech Inspection

Your Annual Tech Inspection must be completed each year before you can race. Here’s a list of people who will do it for you, as well as information on our free preseason tech days.

  1. Print the Tech and Safety Inspection form. Fill out everything but the Event.
  2. Thoroughly inspect the car and check off (in the Driver column) all the items on the list. Sign the form.
  3. Take your car to an Annual Tech site or ask a Tech Inspector to come see your car. You will need:
    • a floor jack and all tools necessary to remove your wheels and check the brakes, and
    • all your driver’s safety gear and your co-driver’s safety gear.

    You can also have a qualified shop, mechanic, or Tech Inspector thoroughly inspect the car and check off each item in the Tech column. Make sure they know what’s expected of an Annual Tech inspection; you can download a copy of the Tech Manual from the RMVR website. Email tech@rmvr.com for a list of a few shops if you don’t already have a favorite, or for a list of RMVR members who have graciously agreed to provide this service for fellow club members

  4. If your car passes, the Tech Inspector will sign a page in your Log Book devoted to the inspection as well as your Tech and Safety Inspection form.
    If your car does not pass, the Tech Inspector will note what needs to be fixed in your Log Book and on the form. You will need to fix those before your Annual Tech can be completed.
  5. Keep the form and bring it to your first event as evidence of your Annual inspection. The Tech Inspector will put an Annual Tech sticker in your Log Book, give you a current Tech Sticker on your helmet and give you an Event Tech sticker for your car.

Good news: if you obtain a pre-season Annual Tech inspection (i.e., before showing up for your first event), the car is exempt from track-side inspection for the next three race weekends.

Event Tech Inspection

If you have a completed Annual Tech inspection:

  1. Present your Annual Tech and Safety Inspection form, your Log Book, and your helmet to a Tech Inspector. If there are any comments on the form or in your Log Book, the Tech Inspector will check those on your car to make sure they’re fixed.
  2. The Tech Inspector will sign your Log Book on the page for that event and give you a signed or initialed Event Tech sticker to put on your car.
    If the Tech Inspector doesn’t know the shop or mechanic who performed your Annual Tech inspection, they may re-inspect some of the more critical things on your car before signing your Log Book and giving you an Event Tech sticker.

If you do not have a completed Annual Tech inspection:
You will need to have one performed at the track. See Annual Tech Inspection above for what you need to do and bring. A Tech Inspector will get to your car as soon as they have time, but cars with completed Annual Tech inspections take precedence.

Regular Event Tech Inspection

  1. Print and fill out the Tech and Safety Inspection form.
  2. Thoroughly inspect the car and check off (in the Driver column) all the items on the list. Sign the form.
  3. Note: You are solely responsible for checking your driver safety equipment and your frame. If you fail to use your driver safety equipment, you likely will be turned away at the grid or black-flagged while on the track.

  4. Present your form, your Log Book, and your helmet with a current Tech Sticker to a Tech Inspector, who will inspect the car and check off each item in the Tech column. They will also closely inspect any issues previously noted in the Log Book.
  5. If your car does not pass, the Tech Inspector will note in your Log Book and on the form the items that need to be fixed before you can race. If you can fix them that day or that weekend, you can have the same Tech Inspector re-inspect those items and still get to race.

Bad news: if your Annual Tech inspection has to be done at the track on a race weekend, you won’t get the subsequent three “passes” and you will have to present the car for inspection each and every weekend. Getting an Annual Tech done at the track can be a real time consuming pain, disrupting your weekend as well as that of the tech staff. So get it done pre-season.