Locate a GVIP Station Near You
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.
Look for an auto shop near you with the GVIP sign displayed with the Missouri Official Vehicle Inspection Station sign.
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 SysTech delivers equipment to the shops. Should the facility not have Internet access available at the time of installation, SysTech will charge a fee of $220 for each return visit.
SysTech may schedule inspector/mechanic training for the GVIP. To learn more about training classes and to preregister, contact Brittany Behr at SysTech International 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. Please 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 1.2 MB
For more information on becoming a GVIP Station, view Repair Industry Frequently Asked Questions 07/07
Please Note: Shops that want to perform safety-only inspection are not required to purchase equipment from SysTech. 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 SysTech
- Invitation to Missouri Vehicle Inspection Station Owners to Join Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program (6/07)
- Missouri Station Equipment and Service Agreement Contract 3.81 MB
- Fill out Station Equipment and Service Agreement Contract and submit with payment options to
SysTech. SysTech 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.
- Fill out Station Equipment and Service Agreement Contract and submit with payment options to
Completed Service Agreement Contract
SysTech International, LLC
6681 S Cottonwood Ste. 1
Murray, UT 84107
Paying by Credit Card
Service Agreement Contracts can be faxed to SysTech International, LLC. Complete all necessary information and fax to 801-265-1199.
Purchase Optional Equipment
- SysTech International provides a range of reliable products for the I/M industry in many states. Shop online
- For More Information Call 1-866-OBD-TEST (623-8378).
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.
GVIP Promotional Items Order Form - 780-2031 Adobe
What is a Missouri Recognized Repair Technician?
A Missouri Recognized Repair Technician, or MRRT, is one who has documented an understanding of the causes a vehicle fails an emissions test. A MRRT has been certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence in A6, A8 and L1. Labor and diagnostic costs can be applied toward the waiver minimum for qualified emissions-related repairs only when performed by a MRRT. Labor and diagnostic costs do not count toward the waiver minimum if a repair technician who is not a MRRT or the motorist performs the repairs. See Missouri Recognized Repair Technicians to find a MRRT in your area
How do I become an Missouri Recognized Repair Technician?
To become a MRRT, please call SysTech International at 314-567-4891 and request a MRRT application. There is no cost to apply, apart from the cost of obtaining and maintaining current ASE certifications in A6, A8, and L1.
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 www.asecert.org.
What is a Repair Effectiveness Index or REI?
When vehicles fail the emissions test, motorists will receive a repair data sheet and a list of the ten nearest MRRT shops to the inspection station. The repair data sheet must be completed and entered into the inspection equipment for each emissions repair prior to reinspection. The list of ten nearest MRRT shops includes a Repair Effectiveness Index. The REI is calculated using a formula developed in cooperation with the St. Louis area repair community and is based upon the repair information collected at the emissions test stations and available for analysis at the time of printing.
Several factors are taken into account when computing the REI. A shop's REI score represents the number of successful (passing retest) emission-related repairs divided by the number of total emissions-related repairs completed over a designated twelve-month period. Repairs where the technician has checked the "No" box on the portion of the repair data sheet regarding whether all recommended repairs were performed are excluded from the REI calculation. In order to qualify for a REI score, a shop must have six or more emission-related repairs documented over the designated period.
The success of the REI depends on you. Please be sure you or your repair technician fully complete and sign the repair data sheet. You must bring the completed repair data sheet with you when you return for retesting.
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.
Please 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 (OBD II) Fact Sheet
- More States Are Using OBD for Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Programs
- Archived Gateway Air Repair Newsletters - Please be aware that some topics covered in earlier issues were specific to the previous emissions testing program and may no longer apply.
- A Guide to Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention for Vehicle Repair Shops in Missouri
- 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.
- Auto.com. Online automotive news magazine, published by the Detroit Free Press.
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (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.
- 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.
- Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Missouri (AASP-MO). Membership organization committed to improving the automotive service industry through image building and ongoing training.
- Automotive Service Association (ASA). Membership organization that provides automotive business and technical support to association members.
- International Automotive Technicians' Network (IATN). Membership organization that provides education to professional automotive technicians. Question and answer forum.
- Engine Rebuilders Association (AERA). Membership organization that provides technical information, resources and training materials.
- Delphi, Inc. Automotive Support Programs for Inspection, Repair and Emissions for the automotive industry, providing: Diagnostic and Repair Assistance, Technical Assessment, Education and Support.
- Autoshop Online. Independent car and truck repair help site. Answers to questions on automotive repair, maintenance and operation.
- Cars.com. A comprehensive car information website. Info about new and used car prices, insurance, repairs and recalls.
- Autoweb.com. Look up recalls, post questions.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Information on recalls, technical service bulletins, safety information.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions program information.
- National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety (NCVECS). 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.
- Kelley Blue Book. Look up new and used vehicle values.
- Greening Your Shop. Look up the top 10 ways to green your auto shop.
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.