Does Idaho require an inspection for vehicle registration? Idaho

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No, not for the vehicle registration. But, a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection may be required before titling a car, which precedes the car registration.

If you're buying your car from an Idaho dealer, you don't have to worry about the VIN inspection, as the dealer handles the paperwork. However, if you're buying from an out-of-state dealer or a private party, you may have to take care of the paperwork – including the VIN inspection – yourself. (If there's a loan involved, the bank may handle the paperwork for you.)

However, the VIN inspection is easy to complete. In fact, it can be performed by a number of people, including law enforcement officers, DMV employees, or Idaho vehicle dealers. You can download the inspection form through the DMV site.

ID Emissions Testing

Those who have cars registered in Canyon or Ada counties may need to have their vehicles undergo a smog check to qualify for a registration renewal.

However, there are exceptions, such as if you own an electric or hybrid car. And, in Ada County, the newest four model years are exempted from smog testing; in Canyon County, cars that are five years old or newer are exempt.

Call the following for more information regarding emissions checks:

  • Ada County: (208) 377-9191
  • Canyon County: (208) 468-9710

Other ID Register Car Questions


Registration fees vary, depending on the vehicle's age and the county where it's registered.

If you have other questions involving vehicle registration matters, contact the DMV at (208) 334-8649.

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