Smog Check and Car Inspection in Rhode IslandPage Overview
Rather than wait for federal action, Rhode Island has decided to combat its thickening ground ozone problem by making emission checks mandatory for most vehicles and light trucks under 8,500 lbs.
Emission checks must done every 2 years at any state-certified inspection station. To save you time, tests are jointly conducted during your vehicle's annual safety inspection. When arriving, be sure to have your car's registration.
If your car meets the state's emission standards, you will receive an inspection report and a validation sticker that must be displayed on your vehicle's windshield. Failure to do so is an invitation to getting pulled over by the police.
Failing your emission check means your vehicle is releasing an inordinate amount of pollution. The examining technician will supply you with a detailed inspection report indicating what needs to be corrected.
In addition, you will receive a Repair Data Form that needs to be completed and signed by the mechanic who repairs your vehicle. You then must present this Repair Data Form when you return for another emission check.
If your vehicle fails the reinspection, you will need to file a waiver through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A Diagnostic Waiver stipulates that your vehicle couldn't be repaired because the necessary parts are no longer available.
If you disagree with your vehicle's failing grade, you may request a Challenge Inspection.
Electric vehicles (EV) are exempt from the emissions portion of the biennial inspection; however, you still must bring your EV in for safety inspections in order to maintain valid vehicle registration.
NOTE: If you own an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,500 lbs or fewer (including hybrids that can operate on gasoline), you must bring it in for the biennial safety and emissions inspection.
For more information about eco-friendly driving perks, visit our section on green driver incentives.
If you and your vehicle are out of the state for an extended period when your inspection sticker expires, it might be possible to get an inspection in another state. Check with an inspection station in that state to determine its testing procedures, and then contact the Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Emission Control Division.
If the inspections are similar, you may have your vehicle inspected in the other state and then have it inspected in Rhode Island when you return.Local Smog Check Stations
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