NCDMV & NCDENR Receive Approval of State ImplementationPlan for Inspection and Maintenance Program

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has received the Environmental Protection Agencies approval for a new State Implementation Plan. In accordance with Session Law 2012-199 / House Bill 585 (HB 585), the state will debut a new emissions exemption pertaining to the North Carolina Inspection and Maintenance program.

[“We look forward
to our continued partnership and teamwork with the Department of Environment
and Natural Resources and State Inspection stations, as we roll out this
exemption,” said NCDMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas. “Aiding in the improvement of
air quality, while decreasing the carbon footprint of our motorists is a goal
that all agencies share.”]

Effective Wednesday, April 1, 2015, vehicles produced within three years of the current year and have less than 70,000 miles on its odometer are exempt from obtaining an emission inspection.

[“Our most recent
research showed that North Carolina could exempt newer vehicles from emissions
tests without making our air unhealthy to breathe,” DAQ Director Sheila Holman
said. “Newer cars and trucks seldom fail
the emissions tests during their first three model years.”]

A vehicles age is determined by its model year, which is prominently displayed on the owner’s valid registration and the automobile emissions control label located in the engine compartment. All vehicles are still subject to the annual safety inspection.

For more information about the North Carolina Inspection Program or to determine which inspection is required for your vehicle, please visit the Division’s website at

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