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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nevada Emissions Testing Information

Nevada Emissions Testing Information

When to TestTop ↑

Emissions Station Sign
Emission inspections are required for many original vehicle registrations and for each annual renewal. Your mailed renewal notice will indicate whether a test is required. emission inspections stations in Nevada are privately owned and decentralized.
You must have insurance and either a valid registration or a movement permit to operate a vehicle on public streets. If your registration is expired, you may obtain a movement permit online through a MyDMV account or by presenting the Certificate of Registration or other proof of ownership at a DMV office. You may be charged late fees and/or cited by law enforcement if you operate a vehicle with an expired registration.
Don't take your 1996 or newer vehicle in for an emission test right away if you have just disconnected the battery for any reason. Your vehicle will not pass the test and will be “Rejected.” The vehicle will need to be driven under varying conditions for up to one week in order for the On Board Diagnostics system to run all of its tests.

Vehicles Requiring a Test

Passenger cars, trucks, RVs and motor homes need an emissions test if they are:
  • Based in the urban areas of Clark or Washoe county;
  • Gasoline powered (regardless of weight or size)
  • Diesel powered with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating up to and including 14,000 pounds; and
  • 1968 model year or newer
  • New vehicles on their third registration. First and second registrations are exempted. Hybrids are exempt for five model years.

Emissions tests are valid for 90 days.

You must have a valid Nevada test to complete any original registration or most renewals if the vehicle requires a test as listed above. This includes reinstatement of a suspended registration.
Nevada requires used car dealers to issue a valid emissions test, when required, on any vehicle they sell. In private transactions, the test is the buyer's responsibility.

Exempt Vehicles

The following vehicles are exempt from emission testing:
  • New motor vehicles on their first and second registration.
  • New hybrid-electric vehicles for the first 5 model years.
  • 1967 or older.
  • Motorcycle or moped.
  • Vehicles based in remote areas of Clark and Washoe counties and all other Nevada counties (see Testing Areas or call us).
  • Alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Diesel vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 14,001 pounds or greater.
  • Transfer of ownership/registration if the last test was conducted within 90 days before the transfer.
  • Transfer of ownership/registration between husband and wife.
  • Transfer of ownership/registration between companies whose principal business is leasing vehicles if there is no change in the lessee or operator of the vehicle.
  • Vehicles registered as a Classic Rod, Classic Vehicle or Old Timer and driven 5,000 miles or less per year.
  • Vehicles registered as a Replica Vehicle.

Test Fees

Test stations are privately owned and decentralized. The DMV sets the maximum testing fees each year. Stations are free to offer discounts, but they must post their charges along with an official DMV sign. Online Station Search/License Verification | Diesel Locations

Types of Tests

Nevada uses On-Board Diagnostics (OBDII) Testing for 1996 and newer vehicles. The operator will connect an analyzer to the OBD computer in your vehicle. Data from your vehicle will indicate whether its emissions systems are operating properly and within emissions limits.
Older vehicles are tested with a Two-Speed Idle Test.  The operator will test your vehicle once at idle speed, then test it again with the engine running at approximately 2500 rpm. Older diesel vehicles are tested on a dynamometer.

You Passed!

The test results are transmitted to the DMV immediately and you will receive a Vehicle Inspection Report. You may renew your vehicle registration at participating stations, on the Internet, at a kiosk, by mail or in person at a DMV office. See Renewal Options. There is no need to mail the report. First-time Nevada registrations and license plates can be obtained only at full-service DMV offices.

Test Failures & WaiversTop ↑

Dashboard and Check Engine Light
If your vehicle has failed the initial emission test, you must repair it and pass a second test to be eligible for registration. If it still fails after repairs, you may be eligible for a waiver if you meet the requirements below.
If your registration is expired or about to expire, you may receive a temporary movement permit by presenting the failed emissions test at a DMV office. You may be charged late fees and/or cited by law enforcement if you operate a vehicle on public streets with an expired registration.
Repairs can be made by the owner or any facility the owner chooses. However, vehicles in Clark County must be repaired by a 2G Licensed Authorized Station to be eligible for a waiver. See our Online Business License Verification for a list of 2G stations in your area.
"No Pass-No Pay" options and similar promotions are not mandated by State law and are offered at the discretion of the individual station. Stations may charge for each test.

Waiver Requirements

If the vehicle still fails after being repaired, it may be eligible for a waiver. Your vehicle must fail:
  • Carbon monoxide and/or hydrocarbon levels exceeding standards for 1968-1995 light duty vehicles and all heavy duty vehicles, or;
  • Illuminated “Check Engine” lamp for 1996 and newer light duty vehicles.
Waivers will not be issued to:
  • Vehicles eligible for warranty coverage.
  • Smoking Vehicles - The vehicle must be repaired with no limit on cost.
  • Emission Device Tampering – The vehicle must be repaired with no limit on cost.
Emission components could be covered under warranty for up to 8 yrs or 80,000 miles, whichever occurs first, under federal law. See EPA Emission Warranty Information.

Clark County

The vehicle must be repaired by a 2G Licensed Authorized Station to be eligible for a waiver. The waiver application must include receipts from the station showing that at least $450 has been spent on parts other than a catalytic converter, fuel inlet restrictor or air injection system, or on labor other than emission testing if the repairs evidenced by the receipt were directly related to the deficiency in emissions.
If the vehicle is not repaired at an authorized 2G station, it will not be eligible for a waiver, regardless of the cost incurred. See Business License Verification for a list of stations.

Washoe County

Waiver repairs may be made by a 2G Licensed Authorized Station or the owner. Vehicles repaired at a non-2G garage are not eligible for a waiver. See Business License Verification for a list of stations.
If the vehicle is repaired at a station, an application for a waiver must include receipts from the station showing that at least $200 has been spent on parts other than a catalytic converter, fuel inlet restrictor or air injection system, or on labor other than emission testing if the repairs evidenced by the receipt were directly related to the deficiency in emissions.
If the vehicle is repaired by the owner, the application must include receipts or other evidence that at least $200 has been spent on parts other than a catalytic converter, fuel inlet restrictor or air injection system purchased within 14 days after the initial emission test.
If you still fail after repairs - If you failed the initial test, did the repairs pursuant to your county's requirements, met the financial limit to obtain a waiver and your vehicle still fails for hydrocarbons/carbon monoxide or a Check Engine light, bring your vehicle, both failed certificates, and receipts for all repair work to the Department of Motor Vehicles Emission Test Facility to request a waiver.


Waiver requirements for diesel vehicles are different. See the Diesel Emissions Requirements flier.

Smoking VehiclesTop ↑

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A vehicle which emits visible smoke will not pass an emission inspection and does not qualify for any waiver. Law enforcement may issue citations for visible smoke.
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The Nevada DMV also operates the Smog Spotter program to encourage the public to report smoking vehicles online or by telephone. Visit the Smog Spotter website or call one of the numbers below.
  • SmogSpotter.com
  • (844) 363-7664 (844-END-SMOG) statewide
  • (702) 642-7664 (642-SMOG) in Las Vegas
  • (775) 686-7664 (686-SMOG) in Reno
The DMV will investigate reports on any vehicle with a Nevada registration, including heavy-duty diesel trucks and vehicles based in rural areas.

Classic Vehicle ExemptionTop ↑

Vehicles registered with Classic Vehicle, Classic Rod or Old Timer license plates and driven 5,000 miles or less per year are exempt from emissions testing. Print-Friendly Fact Sheet (PDF)


To renew the registration each year, you must complete the Odometer Certification for Emission Exemption (EC 18) to certify that you have driven the vehicle 5,000 miles or less. 
Mail this with your annual renewal or you may renew in person. Your registration renewal notice will list "Smog Check Required" each year. You will not be able to use alternate renewals. You must renew in person or by mail. If you drive the vehicle more than 5,000 miles in one year, you must obtain an emission inspection if your vehicle and region require it.

Initial Issuance

If you have received a failing emissions test within the last 90 days, you will not be able to obtain the license plates for the emissions exemption.
To obtain the plates and exemption, the vehicle must meet the requirements listed on one of the following applications:
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See also Classic Vehicle License Plates. Download and complete the appropriate application.
There are several fees for the initial purchase:
  • $36 Specialty Plate Fee and Prison Industry Fee
  • $6 Pollution Control Fee for vehicles registered in Clark and Washoe counties
  • $5 Substitute Plate Fee if the vehicle is currently registered in Nevada
  • Each of the above is also subject to a $1 Technology Fee
Bring the completed application, the EC 18, any existing license plates and your Nevada Evidence of Insurance card to a DMV office. If you wish to keep the old plates, you must bring the rear plate and surrender the decal in person.
We will issue your new plates with a new registration slip and decal. No registration renewal is required and your expiration date will remain the same.
You have the option of renewing your vehicle registration for a full year. Your expiration date will change if the current expiration date is more than 35 days away. Credit will be given for the unused portion of your current Nevada registration.
If your vehicle is not currently registered in Nevada, you must meet all other registration requirements.

Handbooks and ToolsTop ↑

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See Occupational and Business Licensing for business license applications.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

.Companies fined for selling illegal truck aftermarket parts in California

$507K in fines will support air pollution research, cleaner
diesel school buses

SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board reached settlements with Derive Systems, Inc., and Hypertech, Inc. to resolve violations of the California Health and Safety Code related to the advertising and sales of illegal aftermarket performance parts in California, especially tuner products made
for diesel pick-up truck engines.

“California fights every day to achieve the best air quality possible and we cannot tolerate those who circumvent our regulations,” said Todd Sax, CARB’s Enforcement Chief.  “We commend these companies for their full cooperation with our
investigations, and for committing to ensure that consumers can take corrective measures without incurring any costs.”

Florida-based Derive Systems, Inc., is the parent company of
performance part manufacturer Bully Dog Technologies, LLC.
Derive paid $281,840 to resolve the sale of diesel and gasoline
aftermarket parts illegally sold by Bully Dog in California from
2010 through 2012.  The affected parts replaced original emission
components on cars and trucks such as the intake and exhaust
systems, or employed different engine calibration software to
increase vehicle power.  The parts had not been evaluated by CARB
to demonstrate that they did not negatively impact the vehicle’s
emissions. As a result, it is illegal to sell or install them on
consumer vehicles in California.

As directed by the settlement agreement, Derive Systems paid
$211,380 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which
supports efforts to decrease air pollution through education and
the adoption of cleaner technologies.  The remaining $70,460 was
directed towards a Supplemental Environmental Project to reduce
emissions from diesel engines and school buses.  The company also
agreed to institute a voluntary buyback program to recover these
parts from its distributors, dealers and customers at no cost to

Hypertech, Inc., based in Bartlett, Tennessee, sold illegal
diesel tuners/programmers, fuel pumps, thermostats and pressure
regulators from 2011 through 2013.  These parts were sold prior
to receiving CARB certification to ensure compliance with
emissions regulations. As directed by the settlement agreement,
Hypertech, Inc., paid $225,000 to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund.  The company is also implementing a buyback

Modified vehicles that no longer meet California’s emission
requirements pose a significant health threat to California
residents.  They create higher amounts of smog-forming
pollutants, which can lead to increased respiratory and
cardiovascular hospitalizations and premature deaths for adults.
They can also lead to more emergency room visits for children
with asthma.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

California and China team up to push for millions more zero-emission vehicles

New working group established to expand cooperation

BEIJING- Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and California Air
Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary D. Nichols met today with
officials of China’s leading automakers and battery manufacturers
in an effort to expand cooperation and accelerate deployment of
zero-emission cars, trucks and buses. The meeting is part of
week-long trip to Chengdu, Nanjing and Beijing to expand
California’s close climate ties to China and reaffirm the
commitment of subnational governments to reduce greenhouse gas

“In order to achieve California’s climate goals, we need more
electric cars and more hydrogen fuel cell cars that are charged
with renewable energy,” said Governor Brown. “We welcome any
Chinese technology that will help us achieve these goals. We have
a very tall hill to climb and we want to introduce clean
technologies as quickly as possible. We need a great leap

At the close of the meeting, Governor Brown and Chair Nichols
agreed to establish a new working group through the China-US ZEV
Policy Lab at UC Davis to expand cooperation with Chinese
zero-emission vehicle and battery technology companies. The lab
is a unique partnership established in 2014 between UC Davis
Institute of Transportation Studies and the China Automotive
Technology and Research Center (CATARC), both leaders in
zero-emission technology and policy.

“California and China have both seen what unchecked emissions can
do to public health, the environment and our economies,” said
Nichols.  “Building on these shared concerns and the progress we
both have made in zero-emission and battery technology, we can
work as partners to bring tens of millions of the cleanest
possible vehicles to market over the next decade and a half.”

China and California are leaders in the rapidly growing market
for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), which this year surpassed two
million cars, trucks and buses worldwide. China accounts for
about 40 percent of the global market while California is
responsible for more than 50 percent of sales in the United
States. China’s production of zero-emission vehicles has
skyrocketed over the past two years.

Today’s meeting included officials from Chinese automakers such
as BYD, Beijing Auto Group, Great Wall, Geely, Dongfeng Xiao
Kang, Yangtze Motors and a half dozen other vehicle and battery
companies. Discussions with the companies centered on plans for
developing new models of zero-emission vehicles and support
needed to enter the U.S. market.

Also participating in the meeting was Matt Petersen, chief
sustainability officer for the city of Los Angeles, who
emphasized the important role local governments play in
transportation electrification and affirmed the city’s commitment
to a zero-emission future. “In Los Angeles, we want to make
electric cars as common as movie stars,” said Peterson.

Following the meeting, Chair Nichols gave a presentation on
California’s ZEV mandate and complementary policies to an
audience of Chinese automakers and government officials during a
workshop hosted by CATARC.

In California, the transportation sector is responsible for
nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and is also by far
the largest source of smog-causing pollution and fine particle
pollution. With the nation’s largest market for cars and
light-duty trucks, California pioneered regulations to clean up
emissions, including a zero-emission vehicle initiative that
dates back to 1990.

Today, some 37 different battery-powered, plug-in hybrid, and
fuel cell electric vehicle models are available in California. As
of March, California had more than 280,000 zero-emission vehicles
on the roads, and the Governor has set a goal of putting 1.5
million ZEVs on the roads by 2025 and 4-5 million by 2030.

California’s market has shown strong growth recently, with ZEVs
accounting for more than 10 percent of new vehicles in 16
California cities in 2016, according to a recent analysis by the
International Council on Clean Transportation.  In the first
quarter of 2017, ZEVs accounted for nearly 5 percent of new car
sales statewide.

China, which faces well-documented air quality challenges, is
likewise strongly committed to deploying zero-emission vehicles,
or “new energy vehicles.” China is expected to announce a ZEV
credit policy this year modeled after California’s program
resulting from collaborative efforts led by the China-US ZEV
Policy Lab.

Since 2014, ZEV sales in China have increased nearly sevenfold to
509,000 vehicles in 2016, making China the largest market and
strongest driver of global market growth. A national “road map”
for the country’s auto market aims for ZEVs to account for at
least 20 percent of total vehicle sales by 2025, or about 7
million vehicles a year.

The meeting with Chinese automakers and battery manufacturers is
part of a broader effort to expand California cooperation and
coordination with China on low-carbon technologies, environmental
protection and clean energy development.

More news and developments from the fourth day of Governor
Brown’s China trip can be found here:

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