for Georgia's Vehicle Emissions Inspection & Maintenance (I/M) Program.


Avoid a Long Wait

Below are tips to avoid heavy wait times for your annual emissions test:

  • Avoid high traffic times such as before work, after work or during the lunch hour, if possible.
  • Avoid the first few days and last few days of the month, Mondays, and the day before or after any holiday.
  • Stick to the middle – the middle of the month, middle of the week, mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
  • Avoid congested, high traffic areas during peak rush hour.
  • Contact your nearby testing station and ask for its recommendation on bringing your vehicle in.
  • Your station of choice may take appointments. Call and ask.
  • Seek referrals from friends and relatives who can advise on stations with quick service and minimal wait times.
  • Do not wait until the last minute. This limits your options.


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