CVSA Inspection Level Summaries (Part 2)

You may have seen Part 1 of this CVSA blog series and noticed that many of 2024’s scheduled inspection days mention which level of inspection to expect. If you’re unsure what that means, here’s a snapshot of the inspection levels and what to expect. You’ll find a detailed of each level on CVSA’s website.

Level I – North American Standard Inspection
The inspection takes around 40 minutes to complete.
Prepare to present all of your documentation while a detailed inspection of your vehicle commences, including the brake system, cargo securement, coupling devices, steering mechanisms, and everything in between and under the vehicle.

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Level II – Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection
The inspection takes between 15–20 minutes to complete.
This examination includes each of the items specified under the North American Standard Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection Procedure. The walk-around driver/vehicle inspection should include only those items that can be inspected without physically getting under the vehicle.

Level III – Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection
The inspection takes between 5–10 minutes to complete.
Expect to show all paperwork and have your seatbelt inspected.

Level IV – Special Inspections
Exams typically include a one-time inspection of a particular item. They are normally made in support of a study or to verify or refute a suspected trend.

Level V – Vehicle-Only Inspection
They driver may not be present, and it can be conducted at any location.

Level VI – North American Standard Inspection for Transuranic Waste and Highway Route Controlled Quantities (HRCQ) of Radioactive Material
An inspection for select radiological shipments.

Level VII – Jurisdictional Mandated Commercial Vehicle Inspection
This exam will be conducted on any vehicle not included in other Inspection levels, such as school buses and limousines.

Level VIII – North American Standard Electronic Inspection
This inspection is conducted electronically or wirelessly while the vehicle is in motion without direct interaction with an enforcement officer.

In case you missed it, look at the 2024 Blitz Schedule so you can be prepared for 2024’s inspections.


*UPDATE* Download your checklist brochure to be fully prepared for your inspection.


Being inspected so thoroughly can be overwhelming and intimidating. What if something is wrong? King David welcomed such a thorough inspection by the Lord, however! He pleads in Psalms 139:23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” May we be as bold and daring as David to recognize our own sinfulness and shortcomings, and allow the God of the universe to lead us into His everlasting way!

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