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Repair Waivers

The need for full compliance with the vehicle emissions standard of the Georgia I/M program can be deferred with an emissions Repair Waiver. If your vehicle does not pass the initial inspection and the re-inspection after repairs are made, your vehicle may be eligible for a Repair Waiver if certain criteria are met. Note: The initial inspection cannot be more than one year old (12 months) or associated with a previous Repair Waiver or registration renewal.

Additional Criteria for Repair Waiver Eligibility

1.     For 1995 and older vehicles only: the inspection results AFTER emissions-related repairs have been made to your vehicle must show some tailpipe emissions improvement in the areas that failed the initial inspection AND the vehicle must continue to pass in all areas that previously passed

2.     Your vehicle received emissions-related repairs that meet or exceed the Repair Waiver minimum amount of $855.00.

  • Itemized and identifiable emissions-related repair receipts from a repair facility possessing a valid business license. If required, the repair facility’s business license must be obtainable. If the business does not possess a business license, the labor costs will not count toward the Repair Waiver minimum amount; only the cost for parts will count.
  • If the emissions-related repairs are performed by the owner, the labor costs will not count toward the Repair Waiver minimum amount; only the cost for parts will count.
  • Emissions-related repair receipts must include the following vehicle information:
  • VIN or tag number
  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
  • Emissions-related repair receipts from each emissions-related repair attempt can be considered toward a Repair Waiver as long as each receipt is dated either:
    • 60 days before or after the corresponding failed emissions test, or
    • 60 days prior to the initial inspection.
  • The following charges do not count toward the Repair Waiver minimum amount (this is not a complete list):
    • Emissions inspection fees
    • Surcharges
    • Taxes
    • Warranty work
    • Gas
    • Disposal fee
    • Shop supplies
    • Miscellaneous charges

 

Applying for a Repair Waiver

Repair Waiver Applications may be submitted electronically by clicking here. Another option is to print the required forms. You may complete them and submit the forms in-person at any GCAF Customer Service Center or select metro Atlanta tag offices. GCAF also partners with metro Atlanta tag offices to offer waiver services. GCAF recommends contacting your local tag office to find out the services they offer.

Please note: not all tag office locations offer waiver services.  Contact your local tag office for additional information. 

After GCAF determines your application is complete and the supporting documents meet the requirements, your application will be conditionally approved. In order for the application to receive final approval, the vehicle must be presented to one of our GCAF Customer Service Centers for a visual inspection.

Required Documentation

The following documentation must be submitted when applying for a Repair Waiver. Note: GCAF only accepts documentation in English; documents in other languages will not be accepted.

  1. A completed Repair Waiver Application.
  2. Scanned copies of the following:
  1. All failed Georgia Vehicle Inspection Reports (VIRs). Note: An after-repairs test is required to qualify for a Repair Waiver.
  2. Original repair receipts for all emissions-related repair work completed. Note: receipts must identify the vehicle by VIN or tag number, and year, make, and model.
  3. Proof of ownership of the vehicle (in the form of a copy of the vehicle’s Georgia registration or renewal notice (current or from last year), or the vehicle’s Georgia title).

Timeframe

Please allow three (3) business days for processing applications. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. The applicant will receive a confirmation number for an online submittal to acknowledge a successful transmission. Please use this number when referring to your application. The applicant will be contacted once the waiver is processed. NOTE: If the applicant fails to upload the correct documentation, they will be contacted. In this case, when the correct documentation is received, the processing time resets to the times outlined above.

Additional Information about Repair Waivers

Repair Waivers are not renewable or transferable. The Repair Waiver process and qualifications begin each year when the vehicle’s registration must be renewed (the vehicle owner’s birthday). For more information and final guidance, please see the Georgia I/M rules.

Additional information and a list of qualified repair facilities within your zip code can be found in the quarterly RepairWatch Public Report.