New Jersey discovered that inspecting vehicles was a waste of time so they stopped doing everything but the emissions test, and that's only every two years. The sticker travels with the car, so can buy a car with a new sticker that you don't need to inspect for two years. A brand new car gets a seven year sticker, again which travels with the car. My daughter bought a used 2011 car today that has a 2018 sticker on it. While they don't check for equipment violations, a cop can ticket you for one.
Then I moved to Pennsylvania! What a friggin backward state. You get your drivers license at a state license center, but your car titles, registrations and plates are bought a little private stores, that charge you for the privilege. They will give you plates and registrations on the spot, but to get a title, they HAND CARRY the applications to the state capital. You pay a courier fee for that one, like the darn pony express. Then a few weeks later you get your title in the mail from the state. When I moved here, I transferred 4 cars from New Jersey and paid $500.
Then you have the annual inspection, which is done at private garages. They're all advertising "State Inspection $29" to suck you in. They make sure you know you are paying 'pass or fail'. So if you fail, you either pay that garage to do the repairs or pay someone else the inspection fee all over again. Then they have the state emissions check which is around $50. So you can pay $80-100 annually for inspection stickers.
And when I moved to PA they told me it was cheaper here!
And PA has some of the most backward liquor laws I've ever witnessed! Liquor and wine is sold in STATE STORES. It's like going to state motor vehicles in other states. Everyone in that store is a state employee on the state payroll! There is a move to change this and privatize it like in the real world.
I happen to be one of those Keystone staters. The places you are talking about are like a convenience store. You pay them to goto Harrisburg to get you your title, etc. Other wise you would either have to A do it online which you would then have to wait to get it through the mail or B goto Harrisburg to get it yourself, other then USPS which you still have to wait to get it in the mail. For anything other then a car title, you pay this little courier service a fee and get everything done right in there store. I dont know about you but I live a hour from Harrisburg, PA where the closest Pen Dot building is. To drive there in my gas guzzeling Durango it would cost me $40, so to me its worth the tiny little fee the courier service charges to get the stuff done there. I think its a convenience. In regards to the State stores etc, thats changing as you will now be able to purchase whisky and wine right in your super markets, walmarts etc. I see nothing wrong with either of the things mentioned. Great convenience for me.
Emissions Im very lucky with as I live in one of the Counties where Emissions arnt mandatory. My parents live a half hour from me one county over and have to have emissions. Way around that, register the vehicles with the address of there one rental property in a county that doesnt require emissions haha. Emissions are crazy. Im a big fan of being able to cut the catalatic converter off and run straight pipe back