Drivers Still Adjusting To New Inspection Rules

North Carolina automobile owners are still getting used to an inspection system requiring safety and emissions checks before car license plates can be renewed.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that the Division of Motor Vehicles is rejecting more than 1,000 car owners every workday because they tried to renew their registration before their automobiles were inspected.

DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell says that's about one of every four mail-in renewals the agency handles.

The vehicle inspection law that took effect in November 2008 harmonized annual inspection and registration dates so they fell within the same month.

The problem is that some motorists don't realize the renewals require the inspection first, then registration.

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