Does Ohio require an inspection for vehicle registration? Ohio

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Yes, in some cases, as described below.

OH Smog Check/Emissions Testing

Anyone registering a used vehicle in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, or Summit counties must pass a smog or emissions before obtaining their car registration.

After your vehicles passes the inspection, you can go to a deputy registrar's office to register the car. Your car will usually have to go through this testing every two years as part of the registration renewal process.

Registration fees vary according to a number of factors, such as the type of the car and where it will be registered.

New Residents

All new residents must complete a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection before registering their vehicles. This can be completed at a deputy registrar office. The inspection usually only takes a few minutes, and costs $3.50. Some car dealers also perform this service.

Additionally, if you're registering a car in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, or Summit counties, it must pass a smog or emissions test.

It's best to complete the VIN inspection first, then take the VIN Inspection Certificate to a test location to get a free smog check. Once your car passes the emissions test, you can return to the deputy registrar's office to register and title your car.

Additional Information

Call (800) CAR-TEST for details concerning hours of operation, locations, and other emissions testing information. And, call the OH BMV at (614) 752-7500 to learn more about a vehicle registration.

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