Last Updated 25th of May, 2010
Can diesel powered vehicles undergo emissions testing at any smog check station?
Diesel Inspection and Vehicle RegistrationCurrently only New York, Colorado, California, and Nevada require emissions testing for diesel-powered vehicles. Respective testing guidelines are as follows:
Air Care Colorado, the program that manages Colorado's smog check program, does not test diesel-powered vehicles. This is instead handled by independent, state-sanctioned emissions testing stations.
Currently only the following counties require diesel vehicles to pass a smog inspection: Boulder, Jefferson, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and partial portions of Adams, Arapahoe, Larimer, Weld, and El Paso.
Because testing for diesel-powered vehicles is relatively new (IT went into effect January 2010), the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) will not be pointing diesel vehicles to Test-Only or Gold Shield stations for the initial couple years of the program.
Under the new rule diesel vehicles manufactured prior to 1998 or with a gross vehicle weight are exempt.
Diesel-powered vehicles can test at any DMV-licensed inspection state. Keep in mind that only diesel-powered vehicles registered in the New York City Metropolitan Area (NYCMA) with a maximum gross weight of 8,501 pounds or heavier require inspection. Vehicles registered outside of the NYMCA are exempt.
You must test at a designated light-duty diesel emissions inspection station. There are five in Reno and nine in the Las Vegas area. You can find a listing of these inspection stations on the Nevada DMV website.
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