Gainesville FL Automotive Emission

Carrsmith Auto Repair

There is no Emissions Testing in the State of Florida. On June 29, 2000 Gov. Jeb Bush signed Senate Bill 772, ending emissions testing in Florida. Bush estimated this would save Florida motorists $52 million a year. When emissions testing was in effect, only 6 Florida counties were required to do emission testing: Broward, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Palm Beach, and Pinellas. Alachua county never had emissions testing. That being said: Any emissions test equipment that is still out there, may only be in that group of 6 counties, and would likely be well over 20 years old. So, why would any company keep and maintain equipment that hasn’t been used for over 20 years? Just to service the odd out-of-stater needing emissions testing because they happen to be in Florida the month of their annual tag renewal? We do not now, nor have we ever offered emissions testing. This page is provided solely as a public service with the intent to provide useful information to those in the situation outlined, above.

What we do offer: Carrsmith offers complete emission repair services ONLY as related to Service Engine Soon lights, Check Engine Lights, Malfunction Indicator Lights (MIL), and/or poor running conditions. If your MIL is on, you are wise to have it repaired as-soon-as-possible.

However, if you have a vehicle that is away from your home state when tags are due for renewal, you can apply to your state for a vehicle exemption from the emissions testing requirement. If you would like to find out how this is done, and avoid wasting time and money trying to get this done here in Florida please read on.

Some states require regular vehicle safety inspections. Some states require regular emissions testing. Some states require both. However, the State of Florida requires neither. Yet, being in a college town with people and vehicles from all over the country we receive numerous requests for this service.

Here's why you don't need one: Since there is no federal law requiring vehicle inspection, vehicle inspection requirements exist under state laws, only. These laws vary from state to state and many states would not recognize an inspection from other state. When states do allow for "reciprocal testing" i.e. testing done by another state, the reciprocal testing would typically be done by a state that also requires vehicle inspections. In addition, typically the out-of-state test would also need to comply with the registering state's testing requirements.

Testing in another state may not be possible and it would be inconvenient to return to one's home state just to have their vehicle emissions tested. So, most states offer forms on their department of motor vehicles website for owners who are away from home for educational purposes, professional reasons, etc. These forms are called either "waivers," "exemptions," or "extensions." These simple forms are typically completed by the vehicle owner. Most do not even require a notarized signature. Some states do not offer a form and simply ask for a written request of exemption or letter from the vehicle owner, e.g. New Hampshire.

Below are links to various waivers, exemptions, extensions, and provisions for dozens of states that allow waivers to vehicle emissions testing. If you do not see a link for your state below that does not mean there isn't one. You may find one for your home state with a quick Google search for example, "[my home state] out of state vehicle inspection waiver form," or "out of area extension application [my home state]", etc.

If our state does not provide a waiver, exemption, extension, or some other provision to accommodate your being out-of-state with your vehicle online, you may want to reach out to your state department of motor vehicles for their solution. If that is unsuccessful you may want to reach out to your state senator, or representative.











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