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Out-of-Area for Military Instructions

If you (or the driver) and your Georgia-registered vehicle are temporarily located well outside of the 13-county emissions testing area of the state of Georgia due to military obligations, you may be eligible for a Military Out-of-Area Extension. If you are unsure whether you or your vehicle are considered “well-outside” the 13 covered counties, please review the “Georgia Counties Within Driving Distance” and “Bordering States’ County List Requiring an Inspection” documents or contact GCAF at 1.800.449.2471 with the location of the school or business.

Please read the instructions below before applying for an Out-of-Area Extension.

Applying for an Out-of-Area Extension

Out-of-Area Extension applications may be submitted electronically or alternatively by printing the required forms, and completing and submitting them in-person at any GCAF Customer Service CenterGCAF does not accept mailed applications.

If you have already submitted an application and need to send additional documentation, please send the additional information to

Required Documentation

GCAF only accepts documentation in English; documents in other languages will not be accepted. Additional information may be required in order to process the Out-of-Area Extension.

The following documentation must be submitted when applying for an Out-of-Area Extension.

  • A completed Out-of-Area Extension application. Note: A proxy may submit the completed Military Out-of-Area Extension Application and necessary documentation on behalf of eligible applicants. If submitting by proxy, the application must be signed by the proxy. The proxy must also submit a copy of their driver’s license.
  • Copies of the following (scans, camera photos, etc., are acceptable but copies must be completely clear and readable):
    • 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).
    • Proof the vehicle is out of the area. Examples include a vehicle emissions/safety inspection report, traffic citation, parking decals (the location must be present), repair receipt, completed Vehicle Verification Form, or a statement from local, military or campus police/security (as applicable). A “statement” must be on the source’s letterhead with contact information, indicating the vehicle is out of the area. The documentation must identify the VIN, year, make and model of the vehicle, and contain information that demonstrates visual or physical confirmation the vehicle is located out of the area. Documentation must be dated within 60 days.
    • Proof the vehicle owner or driver is out of the area for military reasons. Examples include: A copy of military orders which identify the applicant (current or original can be up to four years old) or a letter from the supervising officer on military letterhead confirming the vehicle owner or driver, and vehicle are located out of the area. A copy of a government-issued photo ID is also required. If the ID cannot be obtained, the extension will be processed as business.

If you are out of the area for a reason other than those listed above, document your situation for being temporarily located out of the area, then email it to, along with supporting documentation, for GCAF consideration.


Please allow three (3) business days for a response. NOTE: If the application packet is complete, it will be processed within three (3) business days. If the application packet does not contain all applicable documents required by the extension, exemption, or waiver, or the documents were not verifiable, the applicant will be notified and the processing time will take longer. When the correct documentation is received, the processing time resets to the times outlined above. 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 application (or extension, exemption, or waiver) is processed.

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