Emissions Testing

The State of Georgia requires that most vehicles pass an emissions test on an annual basis

Since 1996, Georgia’s Clean Air Force, the state’s Enhanced Vehicle Emission Test and Maintenance (I/M) Program, has kept mass amounts of pollutants out of our air. Nearly two million polluting vehicles have been identified and repaired due to emission tests. As part of Georgia's Clean Air Force program, the State of Georgia requires that certain vehicles must have an emissions test on an annual basis.

To determine whether your vehicle requires an emissions test, please see the guidelines below:

  • If your vehicle is a 1989 or newer model year gasoline-powered car or light-duty truck (8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight rating or less) registered in Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding or Rockdale County
  • But, the three most recent model year vehicles are exempt from emissions tests in Georgia each year
  • If your vehicle is a 1989 or older model year, it is exempt from Georgia emission tests
  • Motorcycles, recreational vehicles (RV's) and motor homes do not require emissions tests in Georgia for registration
  • Diesel vehicles do not require Georgia emission testing for registration
  • Heavy-Duty vehicles weighing more than 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight are exempt from an emissions test in GA

Your vehicle must be emission tested every year prior to its registration date (the vehicle owner’s birthday). We recommend having your vehicle’s emission test performed four to six weeks prior to the registration renewal date.

The Georgia Emission Testing Procedure Includes:

All 1996 and newer vehicles will receive the following three-part inspection:

  • An OBD test to check your vehicle’s emission control performance history
  • A fuel cap inspection to check for adequate seal
  • A visual inspection of the catalytic converter to check for tampering or removal
  • All of our locations can perform this procedure in just minutes

All 1995 and older model year vehicles will receive the following three-part inspection:

  • A TSI test or an Accelerated Simulation Mode (ASM2) test - A dual-mode test including a 25/25 test = 25 percent load at 25 MPH and a 50/15 test = 50 percent load at 15 MPH
  • A fuel cap inspection to check for adequate seal
  • A visual inspection of the catalytic converter to check for tampering or removal
  • Our locations in West Cobb and Duluth can perform this procedure

If you have any questions concerning the Georgia emissions testing procedure, please contact any of our locations and we will be happy to help.

To visit the Georgia Clean Air Force Website, Click Here.

To download the Georgia Clean Air Force's 2014 Overview Manual for Motorists Click Here.

Service Recommendation: Annually
Service Takes: 5 to 10 minutes