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Vehicle Emissions Testing in New York

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In New York, a vehicle emissions test is required for many original registrations, as well as for annual registration renewals. The inspection sticker on your car will indicate 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 1995 or older model.
  2. It runs on gasoline.

In addition, a vehicle requires an OBDII (On-Board Diagnostics II) test when:

  1. It has a model year of 1996 or newer.
  2. It is more than 2 model years old.
  3. It displays a weight that is less than 8501 lbs. on the vehicle registration.


Emission tests are valid for 12 months. A valid test is required 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 more than 25 model years old.
  2. It is less than 2 model years old.
  3. It is an electric powered vehicle.
  4. It is a motorcycle or is registered as a farm equipment.
  5. It is a diesel vehicle of 8500lbs. or less.
  6. It is a diesel vehicle of 8501 lbs. or more registered in the NYCMA area.
  7. It has a historical plate.
  8. It is registered in the Upstate Area and is a homemade or custom vehicle.


Any DMV registered Inspection Station can test your vehicle. Look for the official sign issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles to authorized testing stations.


There is a maximum emissions testing fee set by the Department of Motor Vehicles. It depends on where you reside. A resident of the NYCMA (New York City Metropolitan Area) will have to pay a fee of $27 for an OBDII test whereas a resident of one of the other 53 counties will have to pay $11.


If your vehicle fails the emissions test, you must have the vehicle repaired, after which it must pass the after repairs emissions test. The vehicle can be repaired at the station or elsewhere.
If your vehicle is unable to meet the emissions standard following the necessary repair work, you may be able to obtain a waiver issued by DMV prior to registration. You can apply for a waiver if you can provide authorized receipts showing that you have spent at least $450 on OBDII related repairs at a NYS licensed repair shop. You can also apply if your vehicle failed an OBDII inspection but passed the safety inspection, the gas cap check and the visual inspection of the emission control devices.


  • If you become a resident of NYS and register your car in NYS your out-of-state inspection remains valid till it expires.
  • If you are out-of-state when your NYS Inspection expires contact the authorities and find out about the validity of a NYS Inspection extension and then apply for the same at:
    Inspection Extension
    Bureau of Consumer and Facility Services
    Division of Vehicle Safety Services    


P.O. Box 2700-ESP
Albany, NY 12220-0700 .    
Submitted by embraced on 19th Feb 2015

how can i get a copy of my

how can i get a copy of my Emissions Inspection, that was done in Rochester, N.Y.

Submitted by Jennychiu (not verified) on 21st Jun 2012

I just move to NY from IL. I

I just move to NY from IL. I passed the emission test in IL which will expired after 1 year. My question is do I need to get the emission test in NY now or until my previous one expires? Thanks a million!