|Georgia’s Clean Air Force (GCAF) manages a monitoring and complaint program for used vehicle sales of vehicles that do not have a proper Georgia Vehicle Inspection Report (VIRs) on record. Georgia law requires that “No person shall sell any responsible motor vehicle, as defined by the Act, intended for highway use without a currently valid passing Certificate of Emission Inspection, as required under this Chapter, if the purchaser is required to register the vehicle in any covered county.” The 13 covered counties include the following: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale. The seller is not required to provide the buyer with a copy of the VIR. Please note: the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) can only investigate sales that have occurred within Georgia.
GCAF reminds all sellers that compliance with DNR Rule 391-3-20-.18(1) is mandatory. Failure to comply with this law may result in penalties. Your responsibilities as a seller are outlined here. Sellers may view a summary of a vehicle’s most recent Georgia Vehicle Emissions Inspection Reports (VIR) by clicking here. You may also download the Dealer Compliance flyer on used vehicle sales. Used car dealers are encouraged to post the following flyer in their dealerships to help their customers understand their rights: What to Do Before You Buy. Used car dealers and dealership employees that would like to receive periodic updates from GCAF, click here.If you have questions regarding your responsibilities, please call 1.800.449.2471 or submit an e-mail to email@example.com.
Before You Buy
Before purchasing a used vehicle, GCAF encourages buyers to download the What to Do Before You Buy document. The document details the seller’s obligation regarding the sale.
After You Buy
If you are unsure if a used vehicle you recently purchased has a passing inspection on file, click here to search via the vehicle identification number (VIN) for a summary of the vehicle’s most recent Georgia Vehicle Emissions Inspection Reports (VIRs). If you wish to obtain a full copy of an emissions test record, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your VIN.
If you purchased a used vehicle that was registered in the 13-county area that did not have a passing VIR at the time of sale and the seller refuses to comply, you may request an investigation by the EPD. If you wish to file a complaint, complete the Used Vehicle Sale Complaint Form. After completing the form, email it to GCAF at email@example.com. A representative from GCAF will contact you via mail once the case has been reviewed.
The EPD will not represent the complainant in any legal matter nor will they negotiate a vehicle buyback or repair settlement between the buyer and the seller. The EPD will handle each complaint separately and consistently administer its enforcement policies and protocols. Any legal action between the buyer and seller is independent of enforcement actions taken by the EPD.
Vehicle Purchased from a Dealer in a Non-Emission Testing County
According to Georgia law, the dealer is not responsible for selling a vehicle with a valid Georgia Vehicle Emission Inspection Report (VIR).
Vehicles Purchased from an Individual in a Non-Emissions Testing County
According to DNR Rule 391-3-20-.18(1), the seller is not responsible for selling a vehicle with a valid Georgia Vehicle Emissions Inspection Report (VIR).
GCAF does not offer temporary waivers or tags in any situation.
If you have questions regarding your rights and the complaint procedure, please call 1.800.449.2471 or submit an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.