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Vehicle Emissions Testing in Maryland

In Maryland, a vehicle emissions test is required for many original registrations, as well as for registration renewals. Renewal notices are sent to vehicle owners (typically eight weeks before the deadline), and indicate whether and by what date an emissions test must be completed.


A car, truck, motor home or RV (recreational vehicle) requires an emissions test when:

  1. It is a 1977 model or newer.
  2. It runs on gasoline


Emission tests are valid for two years. A valid test is required to reinstate a suspended registration and to complete an original vehicle registration or registration renewal. Used car dealers are required to issue a valid emissions test for any vehicle they sell. Getting an emissions test is the buyer's responsibility when the vehicle is purchased from a private owner.


A vehicle is exempt from emissions testing when:
  1. It is a new vehicle, with its date of manufacture within the current two year checkup cycle.
  2. It is a hybrid-electric vehicle with meets the exemption norms.
  3. It is a 1976 model or older.
  4. The vehicle is powered by diesel or electricity.
  5. It is a vehicle driven by a senior citizen (over 70 years) or a physically challenged person and is not driven for more than 5000 miles in a year, and a waiver application has been submitted to the VEIP.


Any of the Authorized VEIP Emissions Inspection Stations licensed by the State can test your vehicle.


The test fee for the VEIP is $14. A late fee of $15 is charged on the day after the due date and for every 28 days from then on.


If your vehicle fails the emissions test, you must have the vehicle repaired, after which it must pass the after repairs emissions test. The station representatives at the testing location will advice you about the next course of action. The vehicle can be repaired at any of the VEIP Certified Emissions Repair Facilities or by any mechanic of your choice. The vehicle must be repaired and prepared for a re-test within a period of 120 days. The first re-test is not chargeable. If your vehicle is unable to meet the emissions standard following the necessary repair work, you may be able to obtain a two year waiver, if you must have made emissions-related repairs to your vehicle totaling at least $450. For more detailed information click here.


Reviews of Vehicle Emissions Testing in Maryland

Can I get an emissions test done in another state or must it be done in MD. I am currently out of state for a month or so

I have received a emission note, but now I plan to keep the car in the garage and storage it for 10 months. Do I need to go for the test?

I lost my sheet for emmissions testing and went to get it done and they wont do with out it how do I get another one so I can get done before it is late next Monday


I Need to know if I can pay and have a emission test performed on a car before I buy it. It is a Pennsylvania car that I hope to title in Maryland as long as it meets inspection standards.

Nice to hear that vehicle emmision testing is in Maryland.


can a vehicule pass an emission test in maryland with only EVAP System "not ready" status?

OBDII scan does not find any codes, all others components are set to "ready" except EVAP System.

Used car was bought at a deale (3 months ago)r.It failed emissions . Went to the MVA in MD and an employee said that the dealer is not liable, but here it says that they are. What can I do?


My last inspection failed. I paid $750.00 in repairs but the emission light stayed on. I was given a 2 year waiver which has now expired and a new inspection is due. Do I have to repeat this process or is there any option available.

If it is true that VEIP emissions testing is required for vehicles made from 1976 onward, and the vechicle will always have to be tested every two years forever if I were to be driven more than 5,000 miles a year, then this rule is another example of how too much government is a bad thing for its citizens.

I failed the emissions last time and had to get a waiver because of check engine light. I got the waiver and passed the emissions for 2 years. But my 2 years are up now, can i get another waiver or what should i do?

How did you get the waiver?

My daughter got pulled over and was told her emission testing was overdue. We never received any notification that it was due. Also, I bought my vehicle in 2007, it was new, and I have not received anything for emission testing. Who do I contact and will my daughter get hit with late fees?


I think I threw out my emissions statement. How do I find out when it is due? Who do I contact?

I misplaced my emissions statement. How do I find out when it is due? Who do I contact?

I think we received emission notices for two of our cars. I cannot find them. Please provide us duplicate notices so that we are not held under default.

are their any fees if your registration is suspended

are their any fees if your registration is suspended

Is there an appeal for the late fee for those who never received a notification in the mail.

on2/15/2013 iwas pulled over by howard cnty. police and issued a warning notice for suspended reg. for not having emmisions testing which i never was told about ever since purchasing my car 9 mon. ago .How can iappeal for exemption of late fees and where is payment to be made. p.s. i currently carry with my license achange of addresscard and no notice was sent to my p.o. box which mva has on record. what are my options.

Im appealing the late for this because I never got the notice in the mail. When I got my tags, I was wondering when was my emissions due but I only got the late notice. How can I get this taken care of without the fee being added?

You should call the Phone Number listed on the late notice. I did not recieve the initial notice in the mail, then I recieved a late notice. I called the number on the late notice and explained the situation. I asked if it would be possible to have the date reset because I did not recieve the initial notice. The lady I spoke with on the phone reset the date. I did recently recieve a new notice with a test due date about 10 weeks from now.