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Emissions

How do I know if my vehicle needs to be emission tested?
The vehicle license renewal notice will have the statement,

“Emission Inspection Required. “


For license expirations in 2015, odd model year vehicles 1991 through 1995, and even model year vehicles 1996 through 2008 need to test before licensing.

For license expirations in 2016, even model year vehicles 1992 and 1994, and odd model year vehicles 1997 through 2007 need to test before licensing.

A test is also required to transfer the registered ownership between private parties for 1992 through 2007 model year vehicles unless the vehicle has been tested within the last 365 days. A test is not required to transfer the registered ownership between parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, spouses, legal domestic partners, or present co-owners or to change the legal owner.

Effective with registration renewals for July 1, 2012 and later expiration dates, and emission test is NO LONGER REQUIRED for the following vehicles:

  • All diesel powered vehicles with a scale weight of 6000 ponds or less
  • All 2007 and newer diesel powered vehicles regardless of the scale weight

Please call 1-800-453-4951 or link to the Department of Ecology. 

Or inquire by calling Ridgefield Junction Auto license with the Washington plate or VIN number.  See “Important Phone Numbers Tab” above for the closest testing location for an emissions test. 

THE CLEAN CAR LAW:  Starting with 2009 models, new vehicles must meet strict clean air standards to be registered, leased, rented, licensed, or sold for use in Washington.  This includes cars, light duty trucks, and passenger vehicles (SUV’s and passenger vans.  New vehicles that do not meet clean car standards cannot be registered, leased, rented, licensed, or sold for use in Washington.  To learn more visit the Department of Ecology website for Washington Clean Car Information.

 

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