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Georgia Emissions Testing
Depending on the county in which you live in, the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) will require your vehicle to pass an emissions test before it can be registered for the first time or before its annual registration can be renewed.
On this page you'll find information about the requirements, details, and exemptions for vehicle emissions testing in Georgia.
All gasoline-powered passenger cars and light-duty trucks with model years of 1990 up to the 3rd most recent model year in the following Georgia counties must pass an emission inspection before being issued initial registration and license plates or before a registration renewal:
The following vehicles are exempt from Georgia emissions tests:
- Vehicles 25 model years old or older.
- Recreational vehicles (RVs).
- Diesel-powered vehicles.
- Alternate fuel vehicles.
NOTE: If you live in a testing county and bought a used vehicle from outside one of the Georgia counties that require emissions testing, you must get the vehicle tested within 30 days of registration. Private sellers that live within emissions testing counties must make sure that their vehicle can pass an emissions test before selling it. If you've recently moved to an emissions testing county, you must typically get your vehicle tested within 30 days of moving.
Getting Your Vehicle Tested
The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Georgia Clean Air Force (GCAF) recommend that you get your vehicle's emissions test about 4 to 6 weeks before you need to renew your vehicle registration. This will give you enough time to make any necessary repairs or complete any retests.
To find an emissions inspection station in your area, please visit the testing location finder on the Georgia Clean Air Force website.
Emissions inspections cost up to $25.
If your vehicle does not pass the test, you will be required to make the necessary repairs and you will be given 1 retest for free within 30 days of the original test. For more information, please download the Georgia Clean Air Force brochure on emissions repairs and retests.
The following eco-friendly vehicles are exempt from smog and emissions testing:
- Certain newer vehicles.
- Alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) that run solely on alternative fuel*. This includes:
- Battery electricity.
- Natural gas.
*AFV's do not include hybrid vehicles. Hybrid vehicles must undergo smog and emissions checks.
For more specific information about exempt vehicles and other eco-friendly driving perks such as possible auto insurance discounts, visit our section on green driver incentives.
Emissions Testing Exemptions & Extensions in Georgia
If you are a senior, you may be eligible for an emissions test exemption if you meet the following criteria:
- You are at least 65 years old.
- Your car is at least 10 model years old.
- You don't drive the vehicle more than 5,000 miles per year.
- You are the primary owner on the vehicle.
Visit Georgia's Clean Air Force to learn more about the senior exemption and how to apply.
Additional Exemptions and Extensions
You may also qualify for an extension for emissions testing if you are a member of the military, are a student, or have business obligations. Your vehicle must be out of the emissions testing area with you, or you must be deployed or attend school out of the area and not currently using your vehicle.
You will need to provide proof that you are well out of the emissions testing area or that the car is not being driven. To do this, present parking or repair receipts, student transcripts, military orders, or an affidavit from the military police stating that your car is with you at your current location.
For help with apply for an emissions testing waiver or extension, please contact your local Georgia tax and tag office.
If your vehicle fails an inspection and you spend a minimum of $855 on repairs, but the vehicle fails again, you might be eligible for a repair waiver that exempts the vehicle from having to pass the emissions test.
You can begin to apply for a repair waiver on the Georgia Clean Air Force website. Along with your repair waiver application, you'll need to include:
- Proof of vehicle ownership.
- Copies of your failed inspection report.
- Your repair receipts.
We all need to do our share to protect the environment. If you see a vehicle heavily polluting the air, you can take action. The Georgia Clean Air Force recommends that you contact local law enforcement to make a report. If you can, get the license plate number of the offending car; if you can't, then provide a detailed description of the car.
Just remember, not all counties in the state are required to pass emissions testing.Local Smog Check Stations
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