The General Assembly recently passed a state law (SB131) which eliminates the emissions inspection requirement in 26 counties (see county list below). The law also exempts from the emissions inspection requirement all vehicles older than 20 years in all counties. These statutory changes DO NOT go into effect until approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Emissions inspections will continue to be required in the original 48 counties until these changes are approved. The timeframe for EPA approval is unknown. The DMV will provide updated information as it becomes available.
If you have any questions, please contact the Inspections Unit in Raleigh at 919-861-3189 or toll-free at 877-421-0020.
The 26 counties being removed are Brunswick, Burke, Caldwell, Carteret, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Craven, Edgecombe, Granville, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Lenoir, Moore, Nash, Orange, Pitt, Robeson, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Wayne, Wilkes and Wilson.