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RMV extending grace period for expired inspection stickers after malware attack

If your sticker expired in March or April, you'll have until the end of May to update it.

This file photo shows Nancy Cox opening up MassDOT's computer system at RMV headquarters in Quincy in 2013. Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

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The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is extending a grace period for certain expired inspection stickers because of a malware attack on the state inspection system.

Those with expired stickers from March and April 2021 now have through May 31 to update their inspections. The registry previously only extended a grace period to stickers that expired in March, allowing them to be updated until April 30.

Applus Technologies, a vendor for the inspection system, experienced a malware attack across several states on March 30, and inspections haven’t been available since. The RMV announced last week that the system won’t be fixed until Saturday, April 17.

“It has been 15 days since the Registry learned of the Applus cyber-attack, and the outage has had a significant impact to the many business owners who employ staff to deliver vehicle inspection services to the citizens of the Commonwealth,” the registry wrote in a release.

People who purchased and registered a new vehicle from March 23 onward still only have until April 30 to get an inspection. They should be inspected within seven days of registration.

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