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These vehicles are still required to test. Motorists who live in an E-Check county are eligible for multi-year registrations from two-to-five years. E-Check county residents that purchase multi-year registrations must continue to comply with the regular biennial E-Check requirements. Motorists with multi-year registrations that have been issued an extension must comply with the extension requirements in order to maintain valid registration.

E-Check county residents who do not comply with E-Check requirements are subject to registration suspension and confiscation per Ohio Revised Code (ORC) section 4503.103(D).
 





Self-service Emissions Testing Kiosks 

There are self-service On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) II testing kiosks available for public use at 16 of the full-service E-Check station locations. The self-service kiosks can be used by most 1996-and-newer gasoline engine vehicles and 1997-and-newer diesel engine vehicles to receive their initial test. The inspection consists of three easy steps:

1. Scan your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) barcode, or enter it directly in the screen, and verify or enter other vehicle information necessary.

2. Connect the OBD testing device to your vehicle’s data port.

3. Collect your Vehicle Inspection Report showing your vehicle’s information and the inspection results. If your vehicle passes, you may proceed with your registration. If your vehicle fails, you must return to a regular inspection lane during normal business hours for your re-inspection.

The self-service kiosk is intended to be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide motorists with another testing option that fits their schedules.

Note: The availability of the kiosk for testing for the next person, particularly during non-station operating hours, is highly dependent on the proper use of the kiosk by the previous motorists. If a customer does not return and properly reset the bar code scanner and/or DLC diagnostic testing device to the kiosk after use, the kiosk will not be available for use by subsequent customers until a station employee can correct the misuse of the components during regular station operating hours. In this situation, the kiosk will display an “Out of Service” message.

 

Testing kiosks are available at the following locations:

 Medina

770 N. Progress Drive, Medina, OH 44256

 Euclid

1750 Metro Drive, Euclid, OH 44132

 Warrensville Heights

19000 S. Miles Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

 Westlake

24770 Sperry Drive, Westlake, OH 44145

Cleveland 

4557 Industrial Parkway, Cleveland, OH 44135

North Royalton 

13000 York Delta Drive, North Royalton, OH 44133

Kent

1460 Fairchild Road, Kent, OH 44240

Rootstown

5093 S. Prospect St., Rootstown, OH 44272

Akron

1818 Copley Road, Akron, OH 44320

Cuyahoga Falls

3478 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

 Twinsburg

2200 Pinnacle Parkway, Twinsburg, OH 44087

 Berea

1291 W. Bagley Road, Berea, OH 44017

Valley View

6150 W. Canal Road, Valley View, OH 44125

Chardon

10632 Auburn Road, Chardon, OH 44024

Painesville

1755 N. Ridge Road, Painesville, OH 44077

Elyria

128 Reaser Court, Elyria, OH 44036

 

If the “Check Engine” light has been turned off recently (within a week) because the battery was disconnected, vehicle repaired, serviced or the computer was cleared with a scan tool, the vehicle may not be able to receive a test either at the kiosk or an inspection lane. The vehicle may first need to be driven through its drive cycle to ready the vehicle’s computer for testing. You can read the following for additional information on drive cycles and vehicle testing readiness:

If the “Check Engine” light is on, you will still be able to test the vehicle, however, you will receive a failing test. The purpose for this would be to obtain the trouble codes for free which you or your mechanic can use to repair the vehicle. The vehicle is allowed three free tests within a 365-day period. The fourth and any subsequent tests will need to be conducted at a full-service station in an inspection lane and will cost $18 each time.

During normal E-Check station hours of operation, there will be employees available for help with the testing process. As mentioned above, the kiosk is only able to test 1996-and-newer gasoline engine vehicles and 1997-and-newer diesel engine vehicles. Vehicles 1995-and-older (1996-and-older diesels) must be tested using the “tailpipe” test because they are not equipped with OBD II technology.



Testing Information

Anyone can bring the vehicle in for the test. Vehicle registration is not required but is helpful.

Testing frequency and which vehicles need to test

All even-model-year vehicles must be tested during the even-numbered years (e.g. a 2008 vehicle must be tested in 2016, 2018, etc.). All odd-model-year vehicles must be tested during the odd-numbered years (e.g. a 2005 vehicle must be tested in 2017, 2019, etc.). However, you do not need to have a vehicle tested if a previous test was done within one year of your current renewal date. 

An E-Check test is valid for 365 days following the date of the test. You may use that same test certificate to renew your registration if your renewal date falls within 365 days from the initial test. Please keep in mind that vehicles are only required to test every other year.

Vehicles that should test well ahead of their registration date are:

  • Those who spend winter outside of Ohio (test before the winter season)

  • College students attending a school in Ohio that is not located in a testing county

  • Vehicles that may need repairs or have a “Check Engine” light on (test early to allow plenty of time for repairs before your registration renewal date)

All gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles, including flexible fuel and hybrid vehicles, equal to or less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), 25 years old or newer from the current testing year, and registered in an E-Check county must comply with E-Check. Please refer to the exempt vehicles section below for a list of vehicles that are exempt from the E-Check program.

New vehicles

New vehicles are exempt for the first four model years. For example, 2013 to 2016 model year vehicles are exempt from testing in 2016.

Cost of the test

In accordance with House Bill (H.B.) 119, a motorist may receive up to three free tests within a 365-day period. With the fourth test, and all thereafter, the motorist will be charged a fee of $18, which must be paid at one of the 23 full-service E-Check stations. Only one free passing test is permitted within a 365-day period.

Duplicate test certificates

Motorists can obtain a duplicate copy of a valid passing test record at any of the E-Check testing locations free of charge. The motorist will need to bring the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the testing station.

Vehicles permanently exempt from the E-Check program

Some vehicles are permanently exempt from the E-Check test requirement. The following is a partial listing of permanently exempt vehicles:

  • Vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds GVWR (contact Ohio EPA Field Office for appointment)
  • Motorcycles, recreational vehicles and motor homes (contact Ohio BMV for details)
  • Historical and collector’s vehicles (contact Ohio BMV for details)

Please visit the exemption/extension website for additional information.

What is the difference between a ‘permanent exemption’ and owning a vehicle that is permanently exempt?

Vehicles that are eligible for a permanent exemption must make arrangements for the vehicle to have a one-time visual inspection performed by Ohio EPA Mobile Sources field staff. These vehicles include:

  1. Electrically powered vehicles (one-time verification inspection by Ohio EPA Mobile Sources Section required.)

  2. Vehicles operating on alternative fuel, such as propane, butane, alcohol or natural gas (one-time verification inspection by Ohio EPA Mobile Sources Section required.)

  3. Non-commercial vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds GVWR 

Several types of vehicles are permanently exempt from the E-Check test requirement and do not need a visual inspection. A complete list with a detailed explanation may be found in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Section 3745-26-12(c). It is not necessary for vehicle owners that are permanently exempt to be issued an exemption certificate. The most common types are listed below.

  1. Vehicles more than 25 years old, as determined by vehicle model year

  2. Commercial vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds GVWR

  3. Historical and collector’s vehicles (contact Ohio BMV for details)

  4. Parade and exhibition vehicles (contact Ohio BMV for details)

  5. Motorcycles, recreational vehicles and motor homes (contact Ohio BMV for details)

There may be other circumstances under which you may qualify for an exemption or an extension. If you have questions, contact an Ohio EPA E-Check field office or the Ohio EPA Mobile Sources Section, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Phone: (614) 644-3059.

Title transfers

Whenever a vehicle’s title transfers to another individual within one of the seven E-Check counties and that vehicle’s emissions test has expired, the vehicle must be tested. Vehicles within the four year exemption period do not test on a title transfer. Vehicles that are 25 years old or newer and were titled out-of-state must also be tested before they are registered in Ohio. If the previous owner has a valid test certificate, the new owner may use it to register the vehicle. In the event the previous owner does not have the certificate or is not sure if the vehicle has been tested in the last 365 days, please click here for vehicle test history. You must have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to obtain this information.

IMPORTANT: An inspection certificate is valid for 365 days following the date of the test. If a vehicle that has undergone a title change is registered within 365 days from a previous test, then the new owner will not need to have the vehicle tested again in order to register. An inspection certificate is valid for one full year from test date, regardless of title changes.

 Automobile Dealer Information

Vehicles not registered in Ohio requesting testing

Any individual seeking an emissions test for a vehicle registered out of the State of Ohio or a vehicle registered in an Ohio county where testing is not mandatory will be required to purchase a voucher in advance for each vehicle to be tested. Testing vouchers can be purchased from Envirotest Systems at full-service E-Check stations for $18 each. Credit cards are not accepted.



Click here to see test history.



Cost of the Test

In accordance with House Bill (H.B.) 119, a motorist with an established residence in the testing area may receive up to three free tests within a 365-day period. With the fourth test, and all thereafter, the motorist will be charged a fee of $18, which must be paid at one of the 23 full-service E-Check stations. Only one free passing test is permitted within a 365-day period. If you do have to pay for additional tests or you are getting a test for another state you can pay with cash, check or money orders are accepted.

Duplicate Test Certificates

Motorists can obtain a duplicate copy of a valid passing test record at any E-Check testing location free of charge. The motorist will need to bring the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the testing station.



E-Check Field Office

Cleveland/Akron Area Field Office
Ohio EPA, E-Check Program
2190 Pinnacle Parkway
Twinsburg, OH 44087-2364

(330) 963-4479

 

Hours: Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please select the Google link below for a map to the office:

Google map of Akron Field Office



Exemption and Extension Processing Locations

Hardship, repair, and out-of-state extensions, as well as military, student and out-of-state exemptions can now be processed at any of the 23 full service E-Check stations as well as the Ohio EPA Twinsburg field office location. Please have the Exemption/Extension Application or Hardship Application filled out and other required paperwork with you when you arrive. Only walk-in applications can be processed at the following locations:

2021 Brown St., Akron, OH 44319

1460 Fairchild Road, Kent, OH 44240 

1818 Copley Road, Akron, OH 44320

770 N. Progress Drive, Medina, OH 44256

205 Sandstone Blvd., Amherst, OH 44001 

13000 York Delta Drive, North Royalton, OH 44133

1291 W. Bagley Road, Berea, OH 44017 

1755 N. Ridge Road, Painesville, OH 44077

17202 Munn Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 

5093 S. Prospect St., Rootstown, OH 44272

10632 Auburn Road, Chardon, OH 44024 

408 E. Main St., Spencer, OH 44275

2724 E. 55th St., Cleveland, OH 44104 

200 Pinnacle Parkway, Twinsburg, OH 44087

4557 Industrial Parkway, Cleveland, OH 44135 

6150 W. Canal Road, Valley View, OH 44125

17704 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110 

19000 S. Miles Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

3478 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44233 

24770 Sperry Drive, Westlake, OH 44145

128 Reaser Court, Elyria, OH 44036 

1979 Joseph Lloyd Parkway, Willoughby, OH 44094

1750 Metro Drive, Euclid, OH 44132 

 

Important:  Below is a list of exemptions and extensions that cannot be issued at the E-Check stations unless an appointment has been made to meet with an Ohio EPA employee at a station:

To schedule an appointment and for information regarding exemptions and extensions please contact the Ohio EPA at (330) 963-4479.

Please note that ALL exemptions and extensions can be processed at our two Ohio EPA office locations:

 

Ohio EPA E-Check                                     Ohio EPA E-Check
2190 Pinnacle Parkway                               50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Twinsburg, OH 44087                                  Columbus, OH 43215

 

Mail-in applications must be sent to one of the above Ohio EPA offices for processing.

 

 



Frequently Asked Questions

Which vehicles must be tested?

All gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles, including flexible fuel and hybrid vehicles, equal to or less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), 25 years old or newer from the current testing year, and registered within an E-Check county must comply with the E-Check requirement. All even-model-year vehicles must test in even-numbered years. All odd-model-year vehicles must test in odd-numbered years.

New vehicles are exempt for the first four model years.

For more information, please visit our Need a Test? website.

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Why does my vehicle need to be tested?

Automobiles are a major contributor to ground-level ozone. In Ohio, the E-Check program is the most cost-effective method of reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and maintaining the required air quality. High pollution levels not only affect the future health of Ohioans, but also make it more difficult to draw new business and create jobs in our communities. The E-Check program will help provide a healthy future and a strong economy for Ohioans and their families.

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Why is the Ohio E-Check program important to Ohio’s economy?

The E-Check program is a key component of the 10-year maintenance plan to protect air quality while allowing for 10 years of economic growth. With the pollution reductions achieved by the E-Check program, there is more room for new businesses to bring jobs to Ohio and for existing businesses to expand.

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What counties are included in the Ohio E-Check program?

The seven Ohio counties currently participating in the program include: Cuyahoga; Geauga; Lake; Lorain; Medina; Portage; and Summit counties.

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What is necessary for Ohio and non-Ohio residents?

Non-Ohio residents moving into Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage or Summit counties:

If moving into an E-Check county one of the following processes must be followed to register a vehicle in the State of Ohio:

  • The owner of the vehicle must obtain a new Ohio driver’s license with the updated address. After obtaining the license, take the license, current vehicle registration, and the vehicle to the testing station. After passing the emissions test, the owner of the vehicle will be able to obtain an Ohio title and registration.
  • Purchase a voucher for $18 at the station or from Envirotest Systems. After completing the registration process, the motorist will be eligible for a refund. For more information on the voucher process, click here.
  • The owner of the vehicle must go to the title bureau and request the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification inspection only. The owner will pay $3.50 for the inspection.
    • After the VIN inspection has been completed, the owner will take the vehicle to an E-Check station for testing. The owner will need to present the VIN Inspection Certificate to receive a free test. If the VIN Inspection Certificate is not presented, one of the following must be presented:
      • Ohio title
      • Ohio memorandum of title
      • Ohio lease agreement with the VIN and your Ohio address listed on it
      • Ohio temporary registration
    • After passing the emissions test, the owner of the vehicle should return to the title bureau and obtain an Ohio title. The owner can also obtain the required registration from the registrar.

Ohio residents moving into an E-Check county are only required to test if the current year corresponds with your vehicle’s normal testing year. The paragraph below will help you determine if your vehicle needs a test.

Testing is required for even-year vehicle models in even years and odd-year vehicle models in odd years (i.e. a 2008 model year vehicle is required to test in 2016, a 2007 model year vehicle is not required to test in 2016). If the vehicle is not required to test for registration purposes, proceed to the registration bureau and register as usual. 

  • The owner of the vehicle must update their Ohio driver’s license with the updated address. After obtaining a new license or postcard from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) with the updated information, take the license or postcard, current vehicle registration, and the vehicle to the testing station. After passing the emissions test, the owner of the vehicle will be able to obtain the required registration.
  • Purchase a voucher from Envirotest for $18. Vouchers may be purchased at the stations or via phone at 1-800-CAR-TEST.
    • Proceed to the E-Check station and have the vehicle tested. The voucher must be presented at the time of the test.
    • After passing the emissions test, the owner can obtain the required registration from the registrar.
    • After passing the emissions test, a reimbursement for the cost of the test can be obtained from Envirotest. For refund information, call 1-800-CAR-TEST.

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What type of testing is required for diesel vehicles?

All diesel-fueled vehicles equaling 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or less must be tested through the E-Check program if they are registered in one of the seven E-Check counties. Model year 1996-and-older diesel-fueled vehicles are given an opacity test to determine the “density” of the exhaust emitted from the vehicle’s tailpipe. Opacity is defined as the percentage of light transmitted from a source which is prevented from reaching a light detector. The major environmental concern with diesel-fueled vehicles is the particulate matter emitted as a result of combustion. Particulate matter includes microscopic particles and tiny droplets of liquid. Because of their small size, these particles are not stopped in the nose and upper lungs and may end up in the lower lungs. These particles can then become trapped and cause irritation. Exposure to particulate matter can cause wheezing and similar symptoms in people with asthma or other forms of chronic lung disease.

Beginning Jan. 5, 2004, model year 1997-and-newer diesel-fueled vehicles will undergo the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) II test, instead of the tailpipe test. For more information on OBD II, please see the OBD II FAQ.

If a diesel-fueled vehicle cannot be driven on the dynamometer due to conditions such as all-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, etc., then it is given an idle snap test. This is a test where the vehicle remains in neutral or park, and the engine is revved to produce emissions. The dynamometer is not utilized during this method of testing. 

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How far in advance can I have my vehicle tested?

An E-Check compliance certificate is good for 365 days, so it is possible to have your vehicle tested up to one year in advance of your registration date. It is often helpful to test early when you know that you will not be in Ohio when it is time to renew. The certificate must be valid through vehicle registration expiration date.

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Who can take my vehicle in for a test?

Any motorist may take a vehicle requiring an emission test to the testing station. Ohio EPA recommends that the motorist take the vehicle title or registration to ensure a smooth testing process.

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How often will my vehicle need to be tested?

Vehicles are required to be tested every two years. Vehicles with an even-number model year will be inspected in even years. For example, a 2000 vehicle will be tested in 2012, 2014, etc. Vehicles with an odd-number model year will be inspected in odd years. For example, a 1999 vehicle will be tested in 2011, 2013, etc. Since the compliance certificate is good for 365 days, we recommend that you have your vehicle tested far in advance of the registration expiration date.

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Where can I find the testing history of a vehicle?

Ohio EPA will provide motorists with the Ohio testing history of a vehicle. To obtain the Ohio testing history, call Ohio EPA at (614) 644-3059 with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). To learn if the vehicle has a valid test, motorists may contact the Ohio E-Check hotline at 1-800-CAR-TEST.

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How will I be notified about the test?

You will be notified by mail approximately 90 days before your registration expires. The mailer will provide you with station hours and a phone number to call for more information.

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Are there any restrictions on where I can have my vehicle tested?

If your car is a 1995-or-older model, it must be tested at one of the original 23, full-service Ohio E-Check testing sites. Only these facilities have the proper equipment to test older cars. If you have a 1996-or-newer model car, you may have your car tested at any one of our 76 emissions testing facilities including several independent neighborhood and Lube Stop stations. For a complete list of emissions testing stations and the types of cars that can be tested at each, click here.

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Do I need to make an appointment before taking my vehicle to a test station?

No. Vehicles are tested on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments are necessary.

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What if I purchase a used vehicle?

If the seller of the vehicle supplies you with a valid E-Check compliance certificate, the vehicle does not need to be tested again. If the vehicle does not have a valid E-Check compliance certificate, you must have the vehicle tested prior to registering the vehicle. If the buyer is unsure whether the vehicle has a valid certificate, please contact 1-800-CAR-TEST with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Please note that if the vehicle is within the first four model year exemption period, no test is required.

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Will I still be able to get my registration by mail?

Yes. Simply mail the emissions test certificate with your renewal notice and registration fee.

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What will my vehicle be tested for (tailpipe test only)?

The E-Check tailpipe test measures your vehicle’s emissions under various operating conditions. It is designed to measure levels of hydrocarbon (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Vehicles will be required to meet emissions standards established for the year the vehicle was manufactured.

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If my vehicle does not pass the test, will the test center make necessary repairs?

The 23 full-service stations do not make repairs, but some of the independent stations that conduct emissions testing also offer repairs. However, not all do, so please make sure you inquire at the station. NOTE: If your testing site does offer repairs, you are under no obligation to use their repair services. You may take your vehicle to an automotive service facility of your choice to have necessary repairs made.

 

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Do I have to pay if my vehicle fails the test?

In accordance with House Bill (H.B.) 119, a motorist may receive up to three free tests within a 365-day period. The fourth test, and all thereafter, the motorist will be charged $18 for the test. Only one free passing test is permitted per 365-day period.

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Are there specific repair facilities licensed by Ohio EPA to make emissions repairs?

Ohio EPA licenses repair shops and certifies repair technicians within the seven E-Check counties. Technicians are trained and certified in areas of emission diagnosis and repairs. The technicians must complete a high-quality training program developed by the Training Repair Industry Advisory Group (TRIAG) and Ohio EPA to become Ohio certified E-Check repair technicians. Licensed E-Check repair facilities must employ at least one certified E-Check repair technician and maintain the following equipment:

Reference Materials
DVOM or Digital Multi-Meter
Vacuum Gauge
Fuel Pressure Test Kit
Carbon Cleaner System
3.5 or 5 Gas Analyzer
Scan Tool
Basic Ignition Scope with DIS capabilities

If a vehicle fails the test, the motorist will be given a complete list of all licensed repair stations in the area.

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What if my vehicle continues to fail the test?

Motorists are eligible to receive one of two types of waivers, depending on the results of repairs performed on failing vehicles. For information on these waivers, please go to our page on Waivers, Extensions and Exemptions.

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Why isn’t testing required in all states? In all 88 Ohio counties?

Automobile emissions testing is required in all or part of 33 states to help maintain the federal air quality standard. Areas that were in moderate nonattainment or worse for ozone in 1990 are included in Ohio’s E-Check program. These areas include the metropolitan statistical areas of Cleveland and Akron. These areas need to reduce ozone air pollution in order to maintain healthy air quality and to accommodate economic growth. E-Check complements industrial controls in these areas to maintain healthy air quality. Without E-Check, additional requirements could be imposed on industry, limiting the area’s ability to attract new jobs and broaden the tax base.

Ohio EPA does not have the authority to implement or require testing of vehicles registered outside the seven counties. Ohio’s legislators did not give Ohio EPA the authority to implement an automobile emissions testing program in all Ohio counties.

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Why must we test when vehicles are operating more cleanly today than ever before?

It is true – an automobile manufactured in 2000 runs more cleanly than the new vehicles of 1970. Automobile manufacturers have complied with more stringent emissions standards set by the federal government each year. New emissions devices combined with unleaded fuel have improved auto emissions during the past 27 years. However, manufacturers still have no control over routine maintenance of a vehicle once it leaves a showroom.

From 1970 to 2000, U.S. population increased 35 percent and vehicle miles traveled increased 127 percent. Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) records indicate there were 5,201,307 registrations in 1970 compared to 11,740,513 registrations in 2000. Transportation sources are the most prevalent cause of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, which combine with sunlight to create ground level ozone. Auto emissions can have adverse health effects on Ohio citizens.

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I had my vehicle tested last year when I purchased it. Why do I have to test it again this year?

When the title of a vehicle is transferred and the new owner wishes to register that vehicle, a passing E-Check test may be required for registration. The vehicle then begins being tested biennially based on model year. In some cases, when a motorist purchases a used vehicle, an emissions test may be required in two successive years. For example, if a 2005 vehicle was purchased in 2012, the motorist would be required to provide a passing test certificate to register the vehicle. In 2013, the vehicle would be required to test again based on the odd model year testing schedule. If the passing test certificate from the 2012 test is more than 365 days old at the time of registration, the vehicle will be required to test again. If the test certificate from 2012 is still valid at the time of registration, the vehicle will not have to be tested in 2013.

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My vehicle failed at one test station and I drove to another station and it passed. Is there something wrong with your equipment at the first station (tailpipe test only)?

In accordance with the contract documents, the E-Check contractor is required to verify calibration of each test lane on a daily basis before system startup. The contractor is required to perform other daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly tests or calibrations to ensure the system is operating properly. In addition, the gas analyzer readings are compared regularly with others in the system to determine the uniformity of the test equipment and to ensure motorists receive a fair test regardless of the location of the test facility. Not only does Ohio EPA field staff regularly verify these calibration records, but they conduct field testing of lane equipment for proper operation.

Many failing vehicles experience inconsistent operating conditions due to intermittent failure of various emissions parts. The inconsistent operating condition of an engine will cause emissions readings to vary and may cause a vehicle to fail the E-Check tailpipe test one minute and pass several minutes later with no repairs having been performed between tests. A vehicle not fully warmed up may emit more pollutants than a vehicle operating at normal temperatures. In order to minimize problems associated with intermittent failures, Ohio EPA recommends motorists have routine maintenance items checked and operate the vehicles at least 15 minutes prior to being tested. 

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My vehicle does not emit smoke and there isn’t a spot of rust. Why does it need to be tested?

Many motorists believe that a vehicle which does not emit smoke and has an immaculate paint job is a well-maintained vehicle. Outward appearance of a vehicle is not an accurate indication of how well the vehicle’s engine has been or is maintained. The pollutants detected by the E-Check test are odorless, nearly colorless and therefore, undetectable by the naked eye. If a vehicle does not pass the E-Check test, the vehicle is not operating “cleanly” with regard to the harmful emissions. If all emissions repairs are made to a vehicle to bring that vehicle into compliance, the motorist generally experiences an improvement in gas mileage. Proper emissions repairs also lengthen vehicle life.

Regardless of age or mileage, vehicles that are maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations have a better chance of passing the emissions test. Passing the E-Check test indicates that your vehicle’s emission control system is operating well, polluting less and consuming less gas.

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Additional questions about the Ohio E-Check Program?
Call 1-800-CAR-TEST or 1-614-644-3059.

 



What to bring to the test    

*Anyone can bring the vehicle in to be tested

Ohio title or registration: If your vehicle has Ohio license plates and is registered in an E-Check county the lane inspector may ask for the vehicle title or registration. However, your vehicle can be tested without these items if the vehicle is registered in an E-Check county. If you are moving into an E-Check county, please see the sections below. If you are in the process of purchasing a vehicle and the title is not in your name, a voucher is required to perform the test.

Money: In accordance with House Bill (H.B.) 119, a motorist may receive up to three free tests within a 365-day period.  With the fourth test, and all thereafter, the motorist will be charged $18. Only one free passing test is permitted within a 365-day period. Motorists wishing to obtain a duplicate copy of a valid passing test record will need to bring the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the testing station.

30-day temporary tag: If your vehicle has a 30-day temporary tag, you must present one of the following documents at the time of the test:

  • Ohio title
  • Ohio memorandum of title
  • Ohio lease agreement with the VIN and your Ohio address listed on it
  • Ohio temporary registration

Leased Vehicles: Lease holders must bring the Ohio lease agreement with the VIN and your Ohio address listed on it.

Out of state residents moving into an Ohio E-Check County: If moving into an Ohio E-Check county one of the following processes must be followed in order to have an emissions test done, which will permit you to register a vehicle in Ohio:

  • The owner of the vehicle must go to the title bureau and request the VIN verification inspection only.  The owner will pay $3.50 for the inspection.
    • After the VIN inspection has been completed, the owner will take the vehicle to an E-Check station for testing. The owner will need to present the VIN Inspection Certificate to receive a free test. If the VIN Inspection Certificate is not presented, one of the following must be presented:
      • Ohio title
      • Ohio memorandum of title
      • Ohio lease agreement with the VIN your Ohio address listed on it
      • Ohio temporary registration
    • After passing the emissions test, the owner of the vehicle should return to the title bureau and obtain an Ohio title. The owner can also obtain the required registration from the registrar.
  • Purchase a voucher for $18 at the station or from Envirotest Systems. After completing the registration process, the motorist will be eligible for a refund. For more information on the voucher process, click here.

Ohio residents moving into an E-Check county must bring one of the following:

*Please note that Ohio residents are only required to test if the current year corresponds with your vehicle’s normal testing year. Check here to determine if your vehicle needs a test.

  • Purchase a voucher at the station or from Envirotest Systems.
    • The voucher must be presented at the time of the test.
    • After your vehicle has passed inspection, you may obtain your new registration and receive a refund for the cost of the inspection. For refund information contact Envirotest Systems Corporation at (330) 963-4464 x1234 or (800) 218-9247 x1234.
  • New temporary registration showing your new address (30-day temporary tag)

Vehicles from outside Ohio: If your vehicle is titled and registered in another state you must obtain a voucher from Envirotest Systems. The vehicle cannot be tested without a voucher. For voucher information please go to Voucher Information.

No pets: With the exception of service animals in the company of persons with a disability, the test facilities are unable to accommodate animals, including pets. A service animal is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.”

 

If you have unanswered questions at the station, please ask for the station manager.



Duplicate Test Certificates

Motorists can obtain a duplicate copy of a valid passing test record at any E-Check testing location free of charge. The motorist will need to bring the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the testing station. Click here to find testing locations.

Cost of the Test

In accordance with House Bill (H.B.) 119, a motorist may receive up to three free tests within a 365-day period. With the fourth test, and all thereafter, the motorist will be charged $18. Only one free passing test is permitted within a 365-day period.



If a used vehicle is purchased that requires an E-Check before registration, the owner may transfer plates from their old vehicle to the new one and drive with those plates legally for 30 days. Please keep in mind the three guidelines for transferring standard plates. They are as follows:

  • The vehicle that the license plates were on is no longer owned by you. You have signed the title over to the new owner, salvaged the vehicle, etc.
  • The license plate registration and sticker are still valid.
  • The same person or persons owned both the old and the new vehicle for which the plates are transferring.

Whenever a vehicle’s title transfers to another individual within one of the seven E-Check counties and that vehicle’s emissions test has expired, the vehicle must be tested. Vehicles within the four year exemption period do not test on a title transfer. Vehicles that are 25 years old or newer and were titled out-of-state must also be tested before they are registered in Ohio. If the previous owner has a valid test certificate, the new owner may use it to register the vehicle. In the event the previous owner does not have the certificate or is not sure if the vehicle has been tested in the last 365 days, please click here for vehicle test history. You must have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to obtain this information.

IMPORTANT: An inspection certificate is valid for 365 days following the date of the test. If a vehicle that has undergone a title change is registered within 365 days from a previous test, then the new owner will not need to have the vehicle tested again in order to register. An inspection certificate is valid for one full year from test date, regardless of title changes.





In-State Student

State legislators did not provide a waiver or extension option for in-state students, as they are considered to be home within the 365 days prior to registration renewal when the motor vehicle can be tested. The test is valid for 365 days. There are several options available for student motor vehicles:

Student in the E-Check counties:

The following seven counties are required to do E-Check emissions testing at this time: Cuyahoga; Geauga; Lake; Lorain; Medina; Portage; and Summit counties. A student motorist can submit their vehicle to emissions testing through any of the E-Check stations located in those E-Check counties. To find out the nearest station, please visit our site location webpage. The test is good for 365 days.

Student with a vehicle registered in an E-Check county but attending school in  a county where E-Check is not required in Ohio:

If a student motorist has a vehicle registered in an E-Check county and an established residency in the area where E-Check is not required, you may transfer your registration to the county where the motorist and vehicle resides. The change in registration location will remove the motor vehicle emissions testing requirement. If the vehicle is in the motorist’s parents’ name, the title must be changed to reflect the change of ownership.

Out-Of-State Student

Student with a vehicle registered in an E-Check county, attending school out of the state:

If a student motorist has time, have the vehicle tested the next time the vehicle is home. The test is valid for 365 days so testing can be done well in advance. Testing ahead also applies to motorists who travel out of state for extended periods for work or migratory reasons, etc. If a student motorist needs additional time to return home, he or she can obtain 30-day temporary tags for the motor vehicle. This may eventually involve a late fee. The motor vehicle title will be required at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) registrar office to obtain the temporary tags. There are two categories for out-of-state students:

Student not in another state’s testing area:

An out-of-state student attending college in a state where testing is not required at the time of renewal will need to provide a dated statement from the registrar of the school attesting to the student’s registration and the effective dates of that registration. Current grades and current billing statements are acceptable but must be on school letterhead and show effective dates of enrollment. Computer printouts will not be accepted without the school’s seal and original signature of the registrar. An Ohio E-Check Exemption/Extension Application must also be completed and sent to Ohio EPA along with a copy of the vehicle registration. The “Vehicle Location Verification” portion on the application must only be completed if the applicant is unable to provide the student information.

Student within another state’s testing area:

An out-of-state student attending college in another state’s test area must have a vehicle emission test performed at a U.S. EPA approved program. Once the student motorist has obtained the passing test certificate from the state he or she will need to exchange it for an Ohio exemption certificate. An Ohio E-Check Exemption/Extension Application must also be completed and sent to Ohio EPA, along with a copy of the vehicle registration and a copy of the state passing test certificate. The Ohio exemption certificate will exempt you from being required to return the motor vehicle to Ohio for testing prior to registration renewal. Once the motorist has obtained the Ohio exemption certificate from Ohio EPA, he or she may renew the motor vehicle registration as usual.

See our page for out-of-state testing options.

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