Driving in New Jersey ... Ocean City, New Jersey (Part 2 of 2)
This is the second part of this posting on "driving in New Jersey" and our efforts to obtain licenses and license plates (covered in part 1) and car inspections (in part 2).
So we drove out about 6:15 AM one morning to the inspection station outside of Mays Landing ... I was in the first car, my wife in the second one. Arriving at 6:45AM, we were 5th and 6th in line for inspections. It took about thirty to forty minutes, and we were in and out. The inspection goes quite quickly depending on your placement in the line. We passed, and we failed. Our cars passed the inspection, but we had not obtained our insurance cards for New Jersey as yet, which resulted in a failure. So we now had another 45 days to get them. Actually, they were in transit by mail, but it required a second visit ... by each car.
We also had to take the third car out for the initial inspection where you only had 14 days from the original sign up. So my wife volunteered for that one going a day or two later in the afternoon. She was in line for over an hour. So clearly, the first days of a given month, and the last few days, represent a time to avoid going for the car inspections.
Finally, our car insurance cards arrived. We drove the three cars out again. We received new stickers now indicating that we did not need another inspection for two years (by the way, PA is once a year). So our driving experience in terms of change of state licenses, titles, license plates, and inspection process is now over. We passed on all counts. And another "by the way," only two states have license plates "only" in the back of the car ... Florida and Pennsylvania. All of the other states have the two plate requirement. So we now know that.
We also discovered that many of the dealerships can also handle the state inspection, but we went with the free inspection because all of our vehicles had been fully inspected in PA before our arrival here in New Jersey. So which state has the best system? I like the decentralized system with NJ, but I also would like more written information (which might be out there - who knows). Obviously, the two-year inspection is much easier than PA ... but maybe not as safe. But due to the size of PA, and the large number of rural areas; I'm not certain that the decentralized arrangement would work real well. I have to think more about that. Overall, it was our first change of states for both of us ... we would rate it as a fairly successful venture in spite of some extra trips back and forth to all of the locations. Dap