Inspection Station Bulletin 19-06

30 December 2019

On January 15, 2019, a time extension waiver was made available to those failing the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD II) portion of the motor vehicle inspection if specific criteria were met. Important criteria to note when issuing time extension waivers is that for a vehicle to be eligible for the waiver, the vehicle must not have received a time extension waiver for the preceding inspection cycle. In other words, no consecutive waivers will be issued.

Time Extension Waiver Criteria
  • The vehicle passed the safety inspection.
  • The emissions system was not tampered with or removed.
  • The emissions repair is not covered under warranty.
    • If it is, warranty repairs must first be performed.
  • The vehicle is “ready” for inspection. *No more than 2 monitors indicating “Not Ready” status.
  • The motorist has a diagnosis with receipts and an estimate totaling more than $200 for emissions control system repairs – no other repairs count such as tires or safety repairs.
  • The vehicle did not receive a waiver a year ago as part of their last inspection.

To assist vulnerable Vermonters, the State of Vermont has contracted with Capstone Community Action to manage a Low-Income Emissions Repair Assistance Program. We are hoping to have the program up and running after the new year.  More information will be available soon.

On-Board Diagnostics (OBD II) Test - Legislative change effective July 1, 2019

Starting from the current calendar year*, vehicles 16 model years old or less, having a GVWR of 8,500 pounds or less must receive an emissions inspection (OBD II). For example: from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, vehicles that are the model year 2005 or newer will need to receive an emissions inspection.

*For purposes of determining which model year vehicles are subject to testing, vehicles with the same model year as the current calendar year are considered one model year old.

If you have any questions about these or other inspection component criteria, please contact Scott Davidson, Chief Inspector or your area DMV Investigator directly. 

To find the investigator assigned to your area, please visit the DMV Inspector Map or contact the DMV Investigations Unit.

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