Waivers, Extensions, Exemptions :
Out of Area Extensions
You may qualify for an Out of Area Extension if you (or a family member) and your Georgia-registered vehicle are temporarily located well outside of the 13-county emission testing area of the state of Georgia due to school, military, or business obligations. If you are unsure whether you or your vehicle are considered "well-outside" the 13 covered counties, please contact GCAF at 800.449.2471 with the location of the school or business.
Out of Area Extensions are valid for a maximum of one year. You must apply for an Out of Area Extension each year prior to the vehicle registration renewal date. The vehicle must receive an emission inspection once it returns to the metro Atlanta area.
GCAF does not accept emission inspections from other states; however an emission inspection from another state may be used to prove the vehicle is out of the area.
To apply for an Out of Area Extension, you (or a family member) and your vehicle must meet all of the criteria in one of the following categories. You (or a family member) must supply the required documentation listed beneath each category. Additional information may be required in order to process the Out of Area Extension. Please note that GCAF only accepts documentation in English; documents in other languages will not be accepted.
Please allow three (3) business days for processing faxed or e-mailed applications. For mailed applications please note, the US Postal Service may extend the time of delivery. Once received, mailed applications with supporting documentation will be processed in three (3) business days. Motorists will be contacted once the waiver has been processed.
We do not provide status or confirm receipt of applications if it is still within three business days since you submitted your application.
If you were contacted because you failed to supply correct documentation, your processing time resets to the times outlined above. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.