Emissions Waiver

What is a 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.

How do I qualify for a waiver for my gasoline powered vehicle?

Review the requirements in the table below for your vehicle and situation after your vehicle has failed its emissions inspection. If you think you may qualify, call us at (303)205-5603 to apply or apply online at: http://mydmv.colorado.gov/_/

Repair Waver

Requirements

  • 1968 and newer gasoline powered vehicles-you have already spent at least $715 in emissions-related repairs and have a failing confirmatory test
  • 1967-and-older gasoline-powered vehicles: you have already spent at least $75 in emissions-related repairs and have a failing confirmatory test

 

The Waiver will be Denied If:

  • There is visible smoke from the tailpipe
  • Missing or tampered emissions control equipment
  • Failing gas cap (evaporative systems)

Waiver Details

  • Only labor that was performed by a technician at a registered repair facility will be counted toward the $715 threshold. The repair facility has to be a facility that is licensed with the State of Colorado. If you do the work yourself, you cannot claim cost of labor. You can only claim the cost of the part(s). The cost of the parts must total a minimum of $715.
  • All repair facility receipts must show itemized parts and labor costs
  • A vehicle may qualify for more than one repair waiver every emissions cycle, however, the same requirements must be met again There is no cost for the waiver

Economic Hardship Waiver

Requirements

  • Failed at least one emissions inspection, however no minimum repairs necessary
  • You are receiving need-based financial assistance that is documented and issued through an established and approved program
  • You have no more than two vehicles registered in your name

The Waiver will be Denied If:

  • There is visible smoke from the tailpipe
  • Missing or tampered emissions control equipment
  • ailing gas cap (evaporative systems)

 

Waiver Details

  • Only one hardship waiver can be granted over the life of the vehicle regardless of ownership
  • There is no cost for the waiver
 

Diagnostic Waiver

Requirements

  • No additional emissions-related repairs would be effective in repairing the vehicle
  • Required parts are no longer available

Waiver Details

A State Emissions Technical Center verifies that all emissions control systems appear to operate as required Statements are required from the vehicle manufacturer, two (2) aftermarket parts distributors, and a State Emissions Technical Center to document that parts are not available There is no cost for the waiver There is visible smoke from the tailpipe Missing or tampered emissions control equipment Failing gas cap (evaporative systems)

The Waiver will be Denied If:

Diagnostic Waiver

 Requirements

  • No additional emissions-related repairs would be effective in repairing the vehicle
  • Required parts are no longer available

The Waiver will be Denied If:

  • There is visible smoke from the tailpipe
  • Missing or tampered emissions control equipment
  • Failing gas cap (evaporative systems)

Waiver Details

  • A State Emissions Technical Center verifies that all emissions control systems appear to operate as required
  • Statements are required from the vehicle manufacturer, two (2) aftermarket parts distributors, and a State Emissions Technical Center to document that parts are not available
  • There is no cost for the waiver
How do I qualify for a waiver for my diesel powered vehicle?

Diesel powered vehicles may qualify for a waiver if repairs totaling $750 for light duty vehicles or $1500 for heavy duty vehicles are performed to address a failing emission inspection and the vehicle fails a confirmatory inspection.  Tampered vehicles do not qualify for waivers. Also, waivers cannot be issued to vehicles that failed the emissions test due to a gas cap failure. Diesel powered vehicles are not eligible for hardship waivers. Please contact our office at 303-205-5603 for more information or apply online at: https://mydmv.colorado.gov/_/ 

What counts as an emissions-related repair for waiver purposes?

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.