Does Virginia require an inspection for vehicle registration? Virginia

In Virginia (VA) all motor vehicles must pass an emissions and smog inspection in order to complete the vehicle registration process. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will not allow you to complete register car requirements until your auto passes a smog check or emissions testing.

Required Inspections to Register a Motor Vehicle in Virginia

Read on for information about required smog and emissions testing in Virginia and find out if your vehicle is exempt.

County Inspections Requirements in Virginia

Prior to completing car registration in VA, make sure your vehicle has passed inspection. If you are a resident of Fairfax, Arlington, Loudon, Prince William, and Stafford counties you are required to bring a copy of the emissions certificate with you to the DMV.

If you are a resident of the above counties, your vehicle must pass emissions testing during registration renewal as well.

Keep in mind that inspection stations submit the results of your vehicle inspection to the DMV electronically. Dial (800) 275-3844 to find an inspection station near you and ask about how the cost will affect your current vehicle registration fees.

Autos Exempt from Emissions Testing in Virginia

Motorcycles are exempt from emissions inspections in VA. Autos that are 25 years or older are also exempt from the emissions inspection.

If you relocate to VA from several other states like New Jersey, California, Arizona, and Tennessee you can register your vehicle without getting it inspected again in VA. The current inspection sticker on your vehicle cannot be older than 12 months.

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