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CO Inspection Requirements to Register Car

Colorado does not require a safety inspection, as some states do, especially in the east, checking for cracked windshields and faulty brake lights. But in a few select counties, DMV registration is contingent upon passing a smog check or what is also known as an emissions test.

Colorado Counties Requiring a Smog Check


Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties, as well as specific sections of Adams and Arapahoe counties all mandate emissions tests. If you reside in one or parts of these counties, passing a smog inspection is a requirement for vehicle registration and registration renewal.

CO Emissions Testing Requirements


Cars that are 1982 or newer must pass a smog check every two years, whereas cars 1981 and older require annual testing.

Designated test sites are conducted by Air Care Colorado. Tests are given on a first-come-first-serve basis. When you arrive, be sure to have cash or a check (credit cards not accepted) to cover the $25 testing fee, or $15 if your vehicle was built before 1982.

For questions, call Air Care Colorado at (303) 456-7090.

CO Car Registration Requirements

Here's what you'll need to register your car with your local DMV office:

  • Proof of car insurance.
  • Verifiable proof of identity.
  • Proof of passing an emissions test, if applicable.
  • Cash or a check to pay all required fees and taxes. Registration fees are based on a vehicle's weight and make. For help in determining your exact fee, contact your local county clerk.

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