7. Window Tinting – Window tinting must have a light transmittance of 32% or greater. Tint may not be red, yellow, or amber. Windshield tint cannot extend more than 5 inches below the top of the windshield or below the AS1 line, whichever is greater. Total light reflectance of a tinted window shall be 20% or greater.
8. Mirrors – Side and rear view mirrors must be present and in good condition with no cracks or damage. They must be firmly mounted and must be easy to adjust and to set. Forward vision shall not be hindered by any mirror assembly. A rearview mirror is required for all the vehicles in North Carolina unless the vehicle is constructed or regularly loaded in such a way that a rearview mirror will be ineffective. In this case you are required to have a both driver and passenger side mirror.
9. Windshield Glass – Windshield glass is the one component that most people can your name when asked about a safety inspection in North Carolina. This is a component that is frequently damaged and frequently needs replacement. Not all windshield cracks necessitate replacing the windshield. If you have a crack in your windshield, you don’t need to replace it if it doesn’t obstruct the driver’s vision, meaning it can’t be cracked on the driver side of the windshield at all. It shouldn’t affect the operation of the windshield wipers. And it can’t be big enough so that a windshield wiper can get caught up on it. If you can rub a fingernail over the crack and it catches, you will fail the inspection. In any case, it’s always a good idea to have your glass replaced if it’s cracked.
10. Exhaust System – Exhaust system and emissions control devices. For a vehicle that is subject to an emissions inspection in addition to a safety inspection, a visual inspection of the vehicle’s emissions control devices is included in the emissions inspection rather than the safety inspection.