Vehicle Emissions Testing

Albuquerque is committed to motor vehicle pollution management. Emissions testing is conducted throughout the Albuquerque metropolitan area.

Check Emission Status

Air Care Station Locations & Cost

For your convenience, more than 130 Air Care Stations are available. Test fees must be clearly posted on their official Air Care Station sign.

Fees are set by individual test stations and usually range from $15 to $25 plus tax.


Registration & MVD Locations

View vehicle registration information and MVD locations.

Emissions Testing

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

All 1986 and newer motor vehicles up to 10,000 lbs GVWR must pass an emission test. Passing tests are good for 1 or 2 years. An emissions test is also required at change of ownership.

Gas-electric hybrid vehicles are required to be tested every two years as well and can be tested at any certified Air Care Station.

Vehicles Not Requiring an Emissions Inspection:

  • New vehicles, original owner, from dealership or manufacturer, for four years following initial registration.
  • Dedicated electric vehicles
  • Diesel vehicles
  • Vehicles that are only used for legally sanctioned competition.
  • Farm equipment
  • Vehicles that are not operated on public streets and highways.
  • Vehicles with a GVWR of 10,001 lbs or more.

Out-of-State Vehicles and Vehicles Unavailable for Inspection

Air Care Facts - 2020 (Brochure with facts and station locations)

Air Care Facts in Spanish - 2020

Vehicle Pollution Management Headquarters and Failed Test Resource Center

Open to the public. Email [email protected] or call 505-764-1110 for questions.

Map: Emissions Re-Testing Location

Out-of-State Vehicles

Compliance and Enforcement oversees asbestos removal in Albuquerque.

Register an out-of-state vehicle or obtain time extensions.

Report Smoking Vehicle

Compliance and Enforcement helps minimize fugitive dust in Albuquerque.

Use the form to report a smoking vehicle in the Albuquerque area.

Owning an Inspection Station

Compliance and Enforcement helps minimize open burning in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Inspection Station requirements, analyzers, equipment, and training.

Air Care Inspector

Compliance and Enforcement regulate stationary source polutants in Albuquerque.

Information for current Air Care inspectors and for individuals wanting to become one.

Owning an Air Care Station

Interested in owning an Air Care Station or becoming an inspector?