What paperwork do emission testing sites require?

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The one thing you can count on having to bring to the smog check is your vehicle; the inspectors can’t perform an emissions test on a vehicle that’s not there, after all.

After that, requirements vary by state. Once you dive into the grid, you’ll see that most emissions testing sites require nothing more than your registration information (this might be your vehicle’s registration card, registration renewal notice, or – in the case of newly purchased vehicles – your title) and the appropriate fees. You’ll even see that some states provide emissions tests for free!

Of course, situations might arise in which you’ll need to provide extra paperwork, such as a smog test reminder notice. This grid notes such additional requirements, but be sure to pay attention to any registration or smog check renewal notices that might outline the paperwork you must bring.

Check the grid below to find out your state’s requirements.

Registration/Renewal/Title Other Fee Testing Not Required
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
x
x
Bring your pre-bill (if you have one); $2 I/M fee.
Arizona
x
x
x
Can bring bill of sale; $12.25-28 fee, based on your location.
Arkansas
x
California
x
x
Fees vary from station to station.
Colorado
x
$15-$25 fee, depending on vehicle age; extra $15 for VIN verification.
Connecticut
x
x
x
Bring official notification; $20 fee.
Delaware
x
Florida
x
Georgia
x
x
$10-$25 fee, depending on location.
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
x
$15 fee.
Illinois
x
x
x
Bring test notice; $20 fee.
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
x
$15.50-$18.50 fee, depending on vehicle age.
Maryland
x
x
$14 fee.
Massachusetts
x
x
$29 fee.
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
x
$24 fee.
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
x
$39-47 fee, depending on fuel type and county.
New Hampshire
x
x
Fees vary by inspection station.
New Jersey
x
x
Fees vary by inspection station, or you can have it inspected at a state facility for free.
New Mexico
x
x
Fees vary by inspection station but expect to pay no more than $20.
New York
x
x
$11-$27, depending on where you live.
North Carolina
x
x
$6.25 inspection fee and a station labor fee of up to $23.75.
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
x
$10-$21 fee, depending on where you live; testing is free if your vehicle fails.
Pennsylvania
x
x
Fees vary by inspection station.
Rhode Island
x
x
$39 fee.
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
x
$10 fee.
Texas
x
x
$14.25-$27.25 emissions-only testing fee, depending on your county.
Utah
x
x
$25-$27.50 fee, depending on your county.
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
x
$28 fee.
Washington
x
x
$15 fee.
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
You can download a replacement renewal notice if you lose yours.
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x
x
$10-$35 fee depending on vehicle age and duration.

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