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Emissions Testing

Emissions testing is required of motor vehicles registered or commuting in Bernalillo County.

Vehicle Reinspections

Reinspections for failed emissions tests are conducted for no charge at the Vehicle Pollution Management Office.

Vehicles also can be retested at any Air Care inspection station for a fee.

Reinspection information

All motor vehicles in Bernalillo County must pass a regular emissions test.

All 1980 and newer motor vehicles up to 10,000 lbs GVW must pass an emission test every two years and at change of ownership. Diesel and gas-electric hybrid vehicles are required to be tested every two years as well and can be tested at any certified Air Care Station. Only dedicated electric vehicles are exempt from emission testing.

Emissions Testing Locations

Emission Testing Regulation

Out-of-State Vehicles and Vehicles Unavailable for Inspection

Test Description

Emissions testing in Bernalillo County consists of five parts:

  • On-Board Diagnostic 2 - Tests vehicle emission control equipment functions
  • Tailpipe exhaust analysis - Measures carbon monoxide and hydrocardon emissions
  • Pollution control equipment - Verifies equipment installation and connections
  • Visible emissions - Checks for tailpipe smoke
  • Gas cap pressure - Ensures cap holds tight seal
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