Emissions

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Air quality is important to everyone!  Colorado has a long history of taking proactive measures to protect the quality of the air we all breathe. The regular inspection of emissions and the maintenance of our vehicles has been a key part of protecting air quality in parts of Colorado since 1981. The current emissions inspection program began in 1995 and applies to most vehicles and locales in the Denver-metropolitan area and the North Front Range of the state.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Starting Aug. 10, 2022, auto dealers will be liable for recently purchased gas-powered motor vehicles' compliance with Colorado emissions standards for five days after purchase. The period was extended from three to five business days after purchase in accordance with the Deter Tampering Motor Vehicle Emissions Control System Act (SB 22-179).

Other Emissions Alerts

View Tampering of Emissions Controlled Systems

View Grey Market Vehicles

To view the 2022 emissions requirements for a gasoline vehicle

To view the 2022 emissions requirements for a diesel vehicle

You could possibly obtain an emissions waiver. 

A waiver is a certificate of emission control that allows you to register a vehicle without complying with emissions standards. If an emissions waiver is granted, it is valid for one emissions cycle.  There are three types of waivers; repair, diagnostic and economic hardship.  Waivers cannot be issued for vehicles that smoke or have missing or tampered emission components. Also, waivers cannot be issued to vehicles that failed the emissions test due to a gas cap failure.

More on emissions waivers can be found here.

Only labor charged by a professional mechanic (someone who performs work as part of a licensed business and conforms to the Garage Repair Act) will be counted towards repair waiver limits. Emission control components include: oxygen sensor, catalytic converter, thermal reactor, EGR valve, fuel filler cap, evaporative canister, PCV valve, air pump, distributor, ignition wires, coil, and spark plugs. The cost of any hoses, gaskets, belts, clamps, brackets or other accessories directly associated with these components may also be applied to the waiver limit. In addition, certain repairs to fuel injection systems, carburetors and internal engine components may apply.   Repairs to replace emission components that were tampered or missing does not count toward the waiver limit. An unable to test form is not a failing inspection.  You will need to address the issue stated on the unable to test form in order to complete an inspection. 

  • At the time of sale the seller is required to provide the buyer with a passing emissions test that has not been used previously to register a vehicle or renew a vehicle registration.
  • Colorado dealers are required to provide a passing emissions test or a voucher good for one emissions test at the time of sale.
  • Starting Aug. 10, 2022, auto dealers will be liable for recently purchased gas-powered motor vehicles' compliance with Colorado emissions standards for five days after purchase. The period was extended from three to five business days after purchase in accordance with the Deter Tampering Motor Vehicle Emissions Control System Act (SB 22-179).
  • C.R.S. 42-4-310

You will need to bring the vehicle to be inspected and payment for the inspection (cash, check, VISA, Mastercard, or Discover). Please wear a mask. Thank you.

An inoperable vehicle may legally be transferred or sold in the emissions area if certain criteria is met. Please contact us at 303-205-5603 for assistance in determining if your vehicle may qualify.

Vehicles are currently exempt from the emission inspection for the first seven (7) model years after which, vehicles are inspected on a biennial basis. Please contact us at 303-205-5603 for assistance in determining if your vehicle needs an inspection.

There is no need for a new sticker, if you need to replace your windshield.

You may. Please contact us at 303-205-5603 for more information.

Contact your County Motor Vehicle Office before the registration expires for assistance on obtaining an extension.

Gasoline vehicles are exempt from an emissions test for the first seven model years. Diesel vehicles are exempt from an emissions test for first four model years. However, there is an exception.

If the ownership of a gasoline vehicle is being transferred in the last year of the seven year exemption, an emissions test will be required. For example, in 2022, an emissions test will be required if the ownership of a model year 2016, is transferred.

If the ownership of a diesel vehicle is being transferred in the last year of the four year exemption, an emissions test will be required. For example, in 2022, an emissions test will be required if the ownership of a model year 2019, is transferred.

Additionally, the following vehicle are exempt from an emissions inspections:

  • kit cars,
  • all-electric vehicles,
  • motorcycles,
  • horseless carriage,
  • vehicles registered as street rods
  • farm vehicles

If you see a vehicle emitting excessive smoke, please report its license plate number (and, if possible, whether it is gasoline- or diesel-powered) to Colorado's Smoking Vehicle Hotline: 303-692-3211 / cdphe.smokeline@state.co.us.

If an emissions inspection is required for a vehicle that is temporarily out of state, provide the following to the your Colorado County Motor Vehicle Division:

  • Completed emissions extension form (DR 2376). You may also go online at mydmv.colorado.gov. Select Vehicle Services and then select, "Apply for out-of-state emissions extension". You will still have to provide the following documentation:
  • If the County in which the vehicle is currently located, does emissions testing, provide proof of a passing emissions test.*
  • Provide a copy of current insurance.
  • Renewal reminder postcard, if available.
  • Registration payment.
  • Registrant's contact information including a phone number and email address.

*If emissions testing is not performed in the county where the vehicle is located, a VIN verification form (DR 2698) must be completed by a law enforcement officer or out of state DMV office and submitted. The vehicle must also be emissions tested within 15 days of returning to Colorado.

For questions or concerns regarding the out of state emissions extension process, please call the Colorado Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Emissions Program at 303-205-5603 or apply online at: mydmv.colorado.gov/

 
**The following states do not have emissions testing: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

 
For states that do not have emissions testing, form DR 2698 Verification of Vehicle Identification Number, completed by Law Enforcement only is required in place of a passing emissions test.
 
States not listed above require testing for some vehicles in some areas.  Please check with your local out of state motor vehicle office to find out if emissions testing is required for your vehicle.

ADAMS COUNTY
Chace Automotive Repair and Service 
Contact: 303-344-4670
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $15

Rocky Mountain Diesel Emissions 
Contact: 303-288-5500
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $20

Stewart & Stevenson 
Contact: 303-287-7441
Open: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, appointments recommended
Cost: $75

Dynoman Diesel Emissions 
Contact: 303-288-4344 
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to noon, Fridays; appointment needed
Cost: $25

Trans West Truck Trailer RV 
Contact: 303-289-3161
Open: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $90

Excel Diesel and SUV - Brighton 
Contact: 303-659-0442
Open: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointments needed
Cost: $15

Colorado State Patrol, Adams County 
Contact: 303-289-4760
Open: Make an appointment at coloradostatepatrol.com 
Cost: $15

Air Care Colorado 
Contact: 303-456-7090
Open: No appointment needed 
Cost: $25

Northglenn Police Department 
Contact: 303-450-8853
Open: For Northglenn residents only; walk-ins welcome
Cost: $9

Commerce City Police Department 
Contact: 303-287-2844
Open: Walk-ins welcome
Cost: $25 for residents, $35 for non-residents or businesses

Adams County Motor Vehicle 
Contact: 720-523-6010
Open: No appointment needed
Cost: Free

True Speed 
Contact: 303-305-3752
Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointments are needed after 1 p.m.
Cost: $25

Thornton Police Department
Contact: 720-977-5150
Open: For Thornton residents only; appointments need; Wednesdays and Thursdays
Cost: Free

Windway Xpress 
Contact: 303-385-1711
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon; appointments needed
Cost: $20
 

ARAPAHOE COUNTY
Chase Automotive Repair and Service 
Contact: 303-344-4670
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $15

CarMax 
Contact: 303-390-3161
Open: Appointments needed 
Cost: Free

J&J Truck and Auto
Contact: 303-364-4244
Open: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $20

Air Care Colorado 
Contact: 303-456-7090
Open: No appointment needed 
Cost: $25
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Arapahoe County Motor Vehicle Division
Contact: 303-795-4500, #2, #4
Open: Appointment needed, weather permitting 
Cost: $12

BOULDER COUNTY
Al's Front Range Diesel
Contact: 303-776-6469
Open: Appointment needed
Cost: $10

Air Care Colorado 
Contact: 303-456-7090
Open: No appointment needed 
Cost: $25

Boulder County Motor Vehicle
Contact: 303-413-7710
Open: No appointment needed 
Cost: $20

Colorado State Patrol, Boulder County 
Contact: 303-469-1966
Open: Appointment needed, visit Coloradostatepatrol.com 
Cost: $20

Lee Myles Boulder 
Contact: 720-726-7760
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointment recommended 
Cots: $25

BROOMFIELD COUNTY
Fifth Gear Automotive Inc. 
Contact: 303-466-6552
Open: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointment needed
Cost: $10

Broomfield Police Department
Contact: 303-438-6483
Open: Residents only 
Cost: Free

Test My Diesel 
Contact: 303-460-7786
Open: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays; appointment needed

Air Care Colorado 
Contact: 303-456-7090
Open: No appointment needed 
Cost: $25
 

DENVER COUNTY
Akisp Diesel Emissions 
Contact: 720-434-9343
Open: Appointment needed 
Cost: $10

CarMax 
Contact: 303-357-8128
Open: Appointment needed 
Cost: Free

Central Denver Diesel Emissions 
Contact: 303-525-8490
Open: Appointment needed 
Cost: $20

JECO Inc. 
Contact: 303-623-7049
Open: 24 hours, Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Cost: $40

L&N Diesel Emissions Testing and Repair 
Contact: 303-937-8485
Open: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays; appointment needed Cost: $20’

Air Care Colorado 
Contact: 303-456-7090
Open: No appointment needed 
Cost: $25

MHC Kenworth Inc. 
Contact: 720-941-0833
Open: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $25

Denver County Motor Vehicle Division
Contact: 720-865-4600 #5, #1, #5
Open: Denver County residents only; weather permitting 
Cost: $20
 

DOUGLAS COUNTY
CarMax
Contact: 303-841-4275
Open: Appointment needed 
Cost: Free

Diesel Repair & Performance 
Contact: 303-841-6527
Open: Call ahead 
Cost: $10

Excel Diesel & SUV - Castle Rock
Contact: 720-524-6221
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $15

Excel Diesel - Littleton 
Contact: 303-904-1500
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; appointment needed 
Cost: $15

Excel Diesel & SUV - Parker 
Contact: 303-400-6040
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday;
Cost: $15

Parker Police Department 
Contact: 303-841-9800
Open: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $5

Branch Automotive & Diesel Emissions LLC.
Contact: 303-771-2224
Open: Appointment needed 
Cost: $20

H&M Transmissions and Automotive 
Contact: 303-663-5578
Open: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointment needed
Cost: $20

Douglas County Sheriff's Office 
Contact: 303-660-7500
Open: Appointment needed
Cost: $8

Air Care Colorado
Contact: 303-456-7090
Open: No appointment needed 
Cost: $25

Colorado State Patrol, Douglas County 
Contact: 303-688-3115
Open: Appointment needed; visit Coloradostatepatrol.com 
Cost: Free

EL PASO COUNTY
Exhaust Readers I 
Contact: 719-260-6629
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointment needed 
Cost: $15

Exhaust Readers II
Contact: 719-260-6629
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointment recommended 
Cost: $15

Springs Auto Truck and RV Service Center 
Contact: 719-382-0363
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays
Cost: $10.40

JEFFERSON COUNTY
CarMax 
Contact: 303-278-0152
Open: Appointment needed 
Cost: Free

Diesel Testing Systems 
Contact: 303-550-7250
Open: Appointment only, Monday through Thursday
Cost: $15

Lake Arbor Automotive and Truck
Contact: 303-429-7700
Open: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $10

Mountain Air Emissions 
Contact: 303-697-6850
Open: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; appointment needed 
Cost: $10

Golden Police Department
Contact: 303-384-8045
Open: Residents only
Cost: $10

Air Care Colorado
Contact: 303-456-7090
Open: No appointment needed
Cost: $25

LARIMER COUNTY
Engle Automotive
Contact: 970-635-9760
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; appointment needed
Cost: $15

Houska 
Contact: 970-482-0156
Open: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturdays; appointment needed 
Cost: $20

Nelsen's Auto Tech Center 
Contact: 970-484-0834
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointment needed 
Cost: $10

Proformance Diesel & Auto Repair 
Contact: 970-667-7396
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointment needed
Cost: $5

Air Care Colorado 
Contact: 303-456-7090
Open: No appointment needed
Cost: $25

Larimer County Motor Vehicle Division, Ft. Collins
Contact: 970-498-7878
Open: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $25

Larimer County Motor Vehicle Division, Estes Park
Contact: 970-577-2025
Open: 8 to 11:30 a.m. / 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $25

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office - Ft. Collins
Contact: 970-498-5160
Open: 9 to 11 a.m. / 2 to 4 p.m.; cash or check; walk-ins welcome
Cost: $20

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office - Berthoud 
Contact: 970-532-2611
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $20

CSU Police Department
Contact: 970-491-7693 * 5
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month; CSU students only
Cost: $50

Fort Collins Police Department
Contact: 970-221-6540
Open: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Colorado State Patrol - Fort Collins 
Contact: 970-224-3027
Open: Call for appointment and fee

Lundstedt Auto 
Contact: 970-221-9400
Open: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointment recommended 
Cost: Free

WELD COUNTY
Rocky Mountain Diesel Services, Inc.
Contact: 970-356-2672
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Cost: $20

Greeley Automotive Machine
Contact: 970-352-4342
Open: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; appointment needed
Cost: $20

Air Care Colorado
Contact: 303-456-7090
Open: No appointment needed 
Cost: $25