NSRA Vehicle Safety Inspection

NSRA's Vehicle Safety Inspection Program is FREE!

The specialty vehicles NSRA members own are built to be driven on the streets and highways. They are used to transport people, often to far off locales for recreational enjoyment. The National Street Rod Association® is dedicated to vehicle safety and backs it up with a program that gives every owner the opportunity to have his/her vehicle safety inspected for free as often as they want with a strong emphasis on having it done at least once each year.


Vehicle Safety Inspection Requirements

Required Equipment

  • Horn: Electric only.
  • Speed Indicator: Speedometer or calibrated tachometer at 65 mph.
  • Rear View Mirror: One inside or outside on driver's side of vehicle.
  • Glass: Must be safety plate, lexon, or tempered glass.
  • Lighting: Hi-beam; low-beam; tail; brake; license.
  • Windshield Wiper: Electric or vacuum operated.
  • Automatic Transmission Lockout: Neutral and/or park start only.
  • Tires: 3/32 tread acceptable. Must meet D.O.T. specifications.
  • Steering No excessive "play" (2" radius max.) or binding; system must be safely mounted.
  • Throttle Linkage: Must not travel past center.
  • Fuel System: Check Vent on Trunk and Interior Mounted Tanks; no clear, plastic lines allowed. No leaks.
  • Exhaust System: No Leaks: Must pass rear edge of front door and exit exhaust away from vehicle.
  • Self-aligning Rod End Bearings: Check for fractures, insert sloppiness or binding.
  • Shock Absorbers: One per wheel, no leaks, 2" travel in each direction.
  • Brakes: Four-wheel brakes, no leaks, check brake pedal travel, no copper tubing, check length of flexible lines.
  • Scrub Line: No steering, suspension or chassis components should be below this line.

Recommended Equipment: May be reason for failure

  • Windshield: Should be AS-1.
  • Shift Pattern: Shift pattern should be visible except on three speed standard column shift.
  • Fuel Lines: Should be safely mounted and routed.
  • Parking Brake: Should be activated independent of vehicle's hydraulic system.
  • Self-aligning Rod End Bearings: Ball should have 1/8 inch spacer on each side of the ball if there is any misalignment. Rod ends should not have more than 10° misalignment. ROD ENDS and 4 BAR-PARALLEL RADIUS ROD SYSTEM rubber bushed ends should have a safety washer at least the same outside diameter as the housing or larger.
  • Brake Lines: Should be safely mounted and routed.
  • Chassis Fasteners: Self-locking nuts, lock-washers, safety wire, or cotter pins.

For Your Safety

  • Safety Equipment: Fire extinguisher in driver/passenger compartment, seat belts, a third brake light and a dual master cylinder.


Completion of the NSRA vehicle inspection warrants only that the vehicle complies with equipment requirements recommended by the National Street Rod Association. The National Street Rod Association vehicle safety inspection is only advisory and is not to be construed as an official legal clearance, and the National Street Rod Association, its employees, officers, delegates, agents, or anyone assisting the Association assumes no responsibility for this advisory clearance.

  • The National Street Rod Association
  • 4030 Park Avenue
  • Memphis, TN 38111
  • Phone: 901.452.4030