Does Arizona require an inspection for vehicle registration? Arizona

Required Inspections for Arizona Vehicle Registration

Arizona (AZ) requires that most motor vehicles in the state receive a smog check. Should your vehicle require a smog or emissions inspection, take your vehicle to an authorized inspection center within 90 days of completing the register car process.

Tests cannot be performed earlier than 90 days before the car registration date.

Vehicles Exempt from Smog or Emissions Testing


Newly purchased vehicles should already have had a smog or emissions tests conducted on them by the car dealership. Motor vehicles that are exempt from smog or emissions tests are:

  • Vehicle models made 2006 or later (does not apply to reconstructed vehicles).
  • Motor vehicles made before 1967 (includes collectible vehicles).
  • Golf carts and other vehicles that operate on less than 90cc of electricity.
  • Motorcycles (they must be registered in the Tucson metropolitan area).
  • Vehicles owned by military personnel that have an out-of-state registration.
If you are renewing your vehicle registration, the registration renewal form that the Motor Vehicles Division (MVD) sends you will indicate whether or not your vehicle must receive emissions testing.

Completing the Registration Process


Visit an inspection station that is located in the same area that you live or commute in. A list of MVD inspection stations is located on the AZ Department of Environmental Quality website. Wait times at the stations are also listed at the website.

Pay the inspection fee. Bring a copy of the smog or emissions tests results to a MVD office. Complete the registration form to finalize the registration process for your car.

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