Does Indiana require an inspection for vehicle registration? Indiana

Yes, but not for everyone.

IN Emissions Testing

A smog check is required for those who have cars registered in Lake or Porter counties. The smog or emissions testing must be passed to for vehicle registration and registration renewal.

Clean Air Car Check conducts the testing for free at its seven locations. See the Clean Air Car Check site for locations, hours, and other inspection information. Or, call the agency at (888) 240-1684.

However, not all cars need to be tested. Exemptions apply to the following:

  • Vehicles manufactured before 1975.
  • Vehicle manufactured within the past four model years.
  • Electric cars.
  • Diesel-fueled vehicles.
  • Vehicles with a GVWR of more than 9,000 pounds.
  • Motorcycles.
  • Antique vehicles.
It's possible to get a one-time waiver - valid only until the next registration renewal period - if you car repeatedly fails the test, and you can prove you've tried to correct the emission problems.

IN VIN Inspections

Just move to Indiana? Recently buy a car from outside the state?

In either situation, you must complete a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection before getting your title.

Fortunately, this is easy to do. In fact, BMV employees can do it for you - for free - while you're at a branch office applying for your title.

Or, an Indiana police officer can complete the inspection, too. But, you must supply the officer with the VIN inspection form, and pay a fee of up to $5.

Other Register Car Questions


If you need more information about a car registration or an inspection, contact the BMV at  (888) myB-MV411.

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