How much do emissions testing stations charge?

That depends on where you live.

In some states, such as Ohio, you won't pay anything to have your emissions testing completed. In other areas, like California and Pennsylvania, the cost varies depending on the smog testing station. And, in many states, there's a flat-rate fee no matter where you have your emissions level checked. Some states dictate a range of acceptable fees to be charged; while others let the free market dictate the going rate.

Go to your state's motor vehicle division site to learn about the arrangement in your state. If the fee varies depending on the station, make a few phone calls to stations in your area to see what you'll be charged.

No matter what, just be sure to pay the fee and have your car's emissions levels verified. Otherwise, if you live in an area that requires testing, you won't be able to either receive a new vehicle registration or renew your current one.

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