Gainesville FL Automotive Emission


As of June 29, 2000, Emissions Testing is no longer required in the State of Florida. On that date Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed Senate Bill 772, ending emissions testing. Gov. 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: It is unlikely 20+ year-old emissions test equipment would still be in existence. If so, it would likely be confined to that group of 6 out of 67 Florida counties. As Alachua county was not part of the group of 6 counties testing emissions we do not now, nor have we ever offered emissions testing. The main purpose of this page is to provide a public service with the intent to conveying useful information to those in the situation outlined above. If you happen to be an out-of-stater needing emissions testing because you happen to have your vehicle in Florida the month of your annual tag renewal: Please read on.

Carrsmith offers emission repair services only, strictly 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 get your vehicle tag/registration renewal done without wasting a lot of time and money trying to have emissions testing done in Florida, or by driving to Georgia, please read on.

Some states require regular vehicle safety inspections (checking brakes, steering, exterior lighting, etc). Some states require regular emissions testing. Some states require both. The State of Florida requires neither. Yet, being in a college town with people and vehicles from all over the country we have received numerous requests for this service.

Here's why you don't need one: Since there is no federal law requiring vehicle inspection and/or emissions testing. Vehicle inspection and testing requirements exist under state laws, only. These laws vary from state to state. An emissions test from one state may not even be valid under another state's regulations. When states do allow for what's called "reciprocal testing" i.e. testing done by another state that also requires emissions testing, the reciprocal state may be farther away from you now than your home state.

That being said, testing in another state may either be inconvenient or impossible. Consequently, most state's department of motor vehicles websites provide forms for owners who are away from home for business, educational, or professional purposes, etc. These forms are called "waivers," "exemptions," "extensions," etc. They are typically in .pdf format, and can be completed simply by the vehicle owner without involving a repair shop. Most states do not even require the vehicle owner's signature be notarized. Some states do not even require a form, and instead simply request a letter from the vehicle owner stating they presently have their vehicle away from their state of residence, 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 to a form for your state, below, it does not mean there isn't one. Try a quick Google search. Use search terms like: "[my home state] out of state vehicle inspection waiver form," or "out of area emissions extension application [my home state]", etc.

If your state does not provide a waiver, exemption, extension, or some other provision to accommodate your being out-of-state we recommend you reach out directly to your state department of motor vehicles for your state's particular solution. Do not be timid. They may assume you are trying to game the system. That is, you are not really out-of-state and simply have a car for which you are trying to renew registration, and don't want to spend the money for repairs needed to pass an emissions test. If your state does not have a solution, you may want to reach out to your state senator, or representative.

Below are links to waivers for the more popular emission test requiring states:












New Hampshire:

New Jersey:




Virginia* (please see footnote, below):

*For Northern Virginia residents where emissions testing is required, there is a slightly different wrinkle. One can fill out a form with Virginia DMV to show the vehicle is temporarily out-of-state and therefore not under the jurisdiction of Virginia, and therefore not requiring the emissions test. At that point, Virginia will no longer require an emissions test to renew the registration of that particular vehicle. Additionally, one can maintain their Virginia residential address along with a separate "Garage Jurisdiction" for that particular temporarily out-of-state vehicle. Since, often students and military personnel will change out-of-state residences multiple times during deployment, this works well for most students and military personnel who have someone at the Virginia address on their registration willing to forward their mail. Vehicle registration renewal will be sent to the Virginia address but, there will be no emission testing requirement since the vehicle has been registered with the Virginia DMV as being out-of-state. Be sure to reverse this when you move back to Virginia so you do not receive a citation on a roadside check. To change the vehicle location and keep your Virginia address, simply leave the "NEW RESIDENCE/HOME ADDRESS" blank on the form. Under "VEHICLE REGISTRATION MAILING ADDRESS" enter the out-of-state location of the vehicle under "GARAGE JURISDICTION." Sign the form and mail it to the address for Virginia DMV at the top of the form. To avoid delays, it is wise to include some proof of your temporary out-of-state residence like a copy of a lease, or UF registration, etc.