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Maryland State Police News Release

Automotive Safety Enforcement Division Services Suspended during COVID-19 pandemic


Changes To Automotive Safety Enforcement Division Services Effective Immediately Due To COVID-19 Response


(Pikesville, MD) – While Maryland State Police are an integral part of the COVID-19 defense and response to assist Maryland citizens, changes within the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division (ASED) are effective immediately.


Until further notice, assistance with Safety Equipment Repair Orders, or related services by ASED personnel has been suspended. These services will not be taking place at any of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) branches.


For those individuals seeking to become Maryland Safety Inspectors, all Inspection Mechanic testings have also been suspended until further notice. At this time, the MVA is not allowing testing to take place within their facilities  If anyone has already signed up to take an Inspection Mechanics test, the receipt will be honored once restrictions have been lifted and we are allowed to test again.


For mechanics that have taken the written test and are awaiting their Demonstrative Ability Test (DEMO) we will not be giving these tests until restrictions are lifted for the COVID-19 pandemic.  The requirement to be DEMO tested within a 6-month period after passing the mechanics written test will be waived for those mechanics that are affected by the restrictions.  Once the pandemic restrictions are lifted, we will contact the mechanics needing the DEMO test and will schedule them accordingly.


Governor Larry Hogan signed an Executive Order that prevents any suspensions or cancellations to occur or action taken for un-renewed or suspended registrations or driver’s licenses, until further notice.   For more information, visit COVID-19


If you have any questions or concerns about these changes please reach out to your assigned ASED investigator.  You can also email the ASED at:  If you have questions about a Safety Equipment Repair Order please email:




CONTACT:  Capt James P. Russell