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The Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program began Oct. 1, 2007. There are more than 750 auto shops licensed and participating in the program that are included in the list below. GVIP will continue to add auto shops to the website as soon as their licensing process is complete.
Click on the map to locate a shop close to you offering emissions testing.
For best results, use Internet Explorer to view the interactive GVIP Station Directory.
Clicking on the map will take you to an interactive GVIP Station Directory to locate stations and driving directions. The shop listed in this directory will perform emissions tests and safety inspections.
Important Information for Auto Shops Regarding Internet Connections
It is important for all auto shops in the process of becoming a licensed GVIP station to have their Internet connections installed before Opus Inspection (previously SysTech International) delivers equipment to the shops. Should the facility not have Internet access available at the time of installation, Opus will charge a fee of $220 for each return visit.
Opus Inspection schedules inspector/mechanic training for the GVIP. To learn more about training classes and to preregister, contact Opus Inspection by calling 314-567-4891.
- GVIP Training Presentation.
- Technical Guidance for Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program Safety and Emissions.
- Technical Glossary.
- Directions to Ranken Technical College.
- The classes are being held on the main Ranken campus at 4331 Finney Avenue, St. Louis, in Building G108. Ask the security guard at the entrance to point out the building and where to park.
What is required of local auto shops to participate in the program?
To participate, local auto shops will apply to the state for an emissions inspection license. Licensed stations will conduct emissions inspections and have the option to repair failing vehicles. The cost of the station license is $100 per year, and will be prorated the first year the business is licensed so safety and emissions inspection station licenses can be synchronized.
Emissions inspectors will also be licensed with the state. The emissions inspector license is valid for three years and provided at no cost. The contractor will train all emissions inspectors. The inspectors will be required to pass a written and practical exam offered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The licensed emissions inspection stations are required to obtain Internet connections to facilitate real-time, paperless vehicle registration verification. They are also required to purchase their inspection equipment from the state’s contractor.
For more information on becoming a GVIP Station, view SysTech's Presentation to the Repair Industry
For more information on becoming a GVIP Station, view Repair Industry Frequently Asked Questions
Note: Shops that want to perform safety-only inspection are not required to purchase equipment from Opus Inspection. These shops can continue to offer safety inspections through the paper-based system for all vehicles regardless of their model year and issue stickers as usual.
What can a local auto shop charge for an emissions test?
The emissions testing fee shall not exceed $24, and the safety inspection fee shall not exceed $12. The station shall determine the acceptable forms of payment. The fees shall include one free reinspection, if the same licensed station conducts it within 20 business days.
Information from Opus Inspection
- Fill out Station Equipment and Service Agreement Contract and submit with payment options to
Opus Inspection. Opus Inspection will provide equipment in the order agreements are received.
- Remember, you only need to purchase the standard package for participation. You are not required to choose any of the options. You may choose the additional options later, however, there may be an additional cost.
- If you decide to sign-up for the monthly warranty, you must sign up in the initial service contract.
The warranty option will not be available to you after you receive your equipment and begin operation.
Completed Service Agreement Contract
6681 S Cottonwood Suite 1
Murray, UT 84107
Paying by Credit Card
Service Agreement Contracts can be faxed to Opus Inspection. Complete all necessary information and fax to 801-265-1199.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is offering promotional items for Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program Stations. Additional reflective GVIP signs, waiver and exemption criteria posters and program brochures are available. See the form below for additional information and to order.
What is a Missouri Recognized Repair Technician?
A Missouri Recognized Repair Technician, or MRRT, is a person who:
- is employed full time at an automotive repair shop;
- is currently certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence in A6, A8 and L1 areas of expertise; and,
- has documented that fact to the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program, been approved, and received a MRRT number from Opus Inspection.
What is the advantage of being an MRRT?
- Qualified emissions related labor and diagnostic costs can be applied toward an emissions repair waiver minimum only when the qualified emissions-related repairs are performed by a MRRT at a registered shop.
- A vehicle inspection report provided a motorist whose vehicle failed the emissions inspection will list the 10 nearest MRRT shops, including yours, to that inspection shop;
- The shop the MRRT is registered at will be given an MRRT shop number allowing it to be listed on the www.missourivip.org website as a MRRT shop.
- Your competitor’s labor and diagnostic costs do not count toward the waiver minimum if their repair technician is not a MRRT. See Missouri Recognized Repair Technicians to find other MRRT shops in your area.
- You don’t have to be a licensed GVIP inspector, nor does your shop have to be a licensed GVIP inspection shop to be recognized as an MRRT facility and technician.
How do I become an Missouri Recognized Repair Technician?
The facility you work at will need to submit a completed MRRT application to Opus Inspection, previously SysTech International, along with copies of your current ASE certifications in A6, A8 and L1 areas for you to become a MRRT. Multiple full-time staff from a shop may be submitted on the same application. The application is available on line, Missouri Recognized Repair Technician Shop Application, by printing one off from the GVIP inspection analyzer’s Documents Section under Requisitions and Comment forms, or by calling Opus Inspection at 314-567-4891 and requesting a MRRT application be sent. There is no cost to apply, apart from the cost of obtaining and maintaining current A6, A8 and L1 ASE certifications.
What is ASE?
Many repair shops employ technicians who have been certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. This organization tests technicians on their knowledge of vehicle diagnostic and repair, including electric/electronic systems - A6, engine performance - A8, and advanced engine performance - L1. For more information about ASE certification, see https://www.ase.com.
What Vehicle Parts are Exempt from State Sales Tax?
On Aug. 28, 2008, an amendment to state statute 144.030.2 (14), RSMO became effective. This amendment affects the vehicle parts and vehicle repair industry statewide. Since March 30, 2003, the following replacement vehicle parts are exempt from state sales tax:
- Air injection parts, air pumps check valves, smog pumps.
- Catalytic converters (universal converters, direct fit converters, converter kits).
- Exhaust gas recirculation, or EGR, valves.
- Evaporative canisters and canister purge valves.
- Positive crankcase ventilation, or PCV, valves.
Note: This information is published as an informational source for motorists to consider when pursuing emissions repairs for a failed vehicle. It is simply a consumer guide to help locate a repair facility employing technicians that have proven training in emissions-related repairs. It is not a recommendation from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources or from anyone affiliated with the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program. Remember that it is your right and responsibility as a consumer to evaluate and choose a repair facility.
- National OBD Clearing House, Weber State University.
- The OBD II Home Page.
- On-Board Diagnostics, or OBD II, Fact Sheet.
- A Guide to Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention for Vehicle Repair Shops in Missouri.
- Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Missouri. Membership organization committed to improving the automotive service industry through image building and ongoing training.
- Archived Gateway Air Repair Newsletters - Be aware that some topics covered in earlier issues were specific to the previous emissions testing program and may no longer apply.
- Auto.com. Online automotive news magazine, published by the Detroit Free Press.
- Autoshop 101. Automotive Training and Resource Site for Automotive Electronics.
- Automotive Service Association. Membership organization that provides automotive business and technical support to association members.
- Autoshop Online. Independent car and truck repair help site. Answers to questions on automotive repair, maintenance and operation.
- Autoweb.com. Look up recalls, post questions.
- Cars.com. A comprehensive car information website. Info about new and used car prices, insurance, repairs and recalls.
- Delphi, Inc. Automotive Support Programs for Inspection, Repair and Emissions for the automotive industry, providing: Diagnostic and Repair Assistance, Technical Assessment, Education and Support.
- Engine Rebuilders Association. Membership organization that provides technical information, resources and training materials.
- Greening Your Shop. Look up the top 10 ways to green your auto shop.
- International Automotive Technicians' Network. Membership organization that provides education to professional automotive technicians. Question and answer forum.
- Kelley Blue Book. Look up new and used vehicle values.
- The National Automotive Service Task Force is a not-for-profit, no-dues task force established to facilitate the identification and correction of gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools and equipment, and communications for the benefit of automotive service professionals. NASTF is a voluntary, cooperative effort among the automotive service industry, the equipment and tool industry, and automotive manufacturers.
- National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety. Light duty vehicle emissions research, On-Board Diagnostics II, automotive emissions repair tips, automotive technician training issues, Basic and Enhanced I/M inspection program issues, and related Federal and State legislative activities.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Information on recalls, technical service bulletins, safety information.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions program information.
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE. An independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: To improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians.
- Parts and People. Monthly trade publication geared to the auto repair industry and covering seven states in Midwest and Rocky Mountain editions. It offers free subscriptions to individuals and businesses within the automotive parts and service industries. Online and print editions.
This information is provided as a public service. The source of this material is not under the direct control of the department. No endorsement is intended or implied for the corrections or suitability of any referenced information, product or service.