What are the NV emissions or smog check requirements for vehicle registration? Nevada

Yes, Nevada requires emissions testing, but only for residents of Clark (Las Vegas area) and Washoe (Reno area) counties. Emissions tests are required annually, usually in conjunction with registration renewal. There are some exemptions, however, and these include:

  • New motor vehicles on their first and second registration.
  • Motorcycles or mopeds.
  • Vehicles manufactured in 1967 or older.
  • Alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Residents residing in remote regions of either county. For clarification, call either (702) 486-4981 (Las Vegas) or (775) 684-3580 (Reno).
  • Any vehicle registered as a replica.
  • Any vehicle registered as a Classic Rod or Classic Vehicle and driven 2,500 miles or less per year.
  • Diesel vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 14,001 pounds or greater.
  • Transfer of ownership/registration between husband and wife.
  • Transfer of ownership/registration between companies whose principal business is leasing vehicles if there is no change in the lessee or operator of the vehicle.
  • Transfer of ownership /registration if the last smog test was conducted within 90 days before the transfer.

When You Arrive for Smog Check


Be sure to have either proof of car registration or a moving permit. You'll also need cash, check, debit card or credit card to pay for the emissions test. Fees for most passenger cars cost $39 in Washoe county and $40 in Clark county. 

Pass the NV Smog Inspection


If you pass, you'll have the option of renewing your vehicle registration at the test site. The DMV will then mail your registration card and decal within a couple days. 

Fail the Nevada Smog Inspection


If you fail, you'll be required to have the car repaired and retested. If you fail a second test, you may be eligible for an emissions waiver. 

If your registration is about to expire while the car is being repaired, you can avoid registration late fees by applying for a 10-day temporary permit with the DMV.

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