I have a happy update to the state inspection thing!
Just to recap, last Sunday night when my husband headed back to his work site, he realized his car's state-mandated safety inspection had expired. He was here for 10 days on vacation but never had a chance to do anything. On Monday morning, he had to be somewhere with a lot of policemen around. So we were sure he'd get a violation ticket. And I was very upset.
Just so it turned out, he didn't get a ticket. We were both extremely surprised, but no complaints! He also got a ride from his coworkers so he could drop off the car at the inspection station on Wednesday, and got the inspection done.
So the total amount of money he wasted is down to $16 (which is the inspection fee; if he had done it at the dealership in Fairfax, it would have been FREE), which is much better than the ticket. So I am happy!