emissions January 10, 2018

Get the Facts on Virginia's Emissions Inspection Regulations

New to Virginia? Your vehicle must pass Virginia's emissions inspection before registration if garaged in the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, or Stafford, or the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, or Manassas Park.

However, if your vehicle is being registered for the first time in Virginia and has a current valid emissions certificate that was performed in the last 12 months from one of the following states, your car may be titled and registered without a Virginia emissions inspection. Those states include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, or Wisconsin.

No vehicle subject to an emissions inspection will be registered or re-registered by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) until it has passed an emissions inspection. Virginia emissions inspections are valid for two years and are obtained by having your vehicle inspected at a certified emissions inspection station. When you have your vehicle inspected, the emissions station will update your vehicle record with the DMV immediately.

Those motor vehicles exempt from emissions inspections include motorcycles or a gasoline-powered passenger or property carrying vehicle with a model year that is more than 25 years old before January 1 of the current calendar year and/or gasoline-powered passenger or property carrying vehicles with a manufacturer's designated gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds. Additional exempt vehicles include diesel-powered vehicles, vehicles exclusively powered by clean fuel, vehicles being titled for the first time in Virginia with a Manufacturer's Certification of Origin (MCO), and qualified hybrid motor vehicles.

It's a good idea to have your emissions inspection completed before applying to the DMV for registration. The Virginia DMV is limited to issuing a one-time only 30-day temporary registration if a vehicle owner is unable to provide proof of emissions inspections when trying to register a vehicle, and that vehicle owner will be charged a prorated registration fee for the one-month registration. If your vehicle fails an emissions test, you must take it to a garage for emissions-related repairs.

VA State Inspections at Wiygul Automotive Clinic

We are approved for VA State Auto Inspections and Emissions Testing.

Bring your vehicle to Wiygul Automotive Clinic for emissions inspection or emissions-related repairs. A AAA-approved center for auto repair and maintenance, and approved for Virginia state emissions inspections, Wiygul Automotive Clinic specializes in complete foreign and domestic repair service and has been servicing the Burke, Virginia and Northern Virginia area since 1996.

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