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


Test Early

Georgia’s Clean Air Force (GCAF) recommends all motorists test their vehicle four to six weeks prior to the registration renewal date (the vehicle owner’s birthday). Why?

  • Extra time. Testing early allows failing motorists plenty of time to repair their vehicle and receive a passing retest before the registration expires. Vehicles can be tested well in advance if the owner will be out of the area at the time of registration.
  • Readiness. A common reason for emission test failures is because a vehicle is “Not Ready.” In most cases, in order for a vehicle to become “Ready,” a one to two week drive cycle will need to be completed. If the drive cycle does not remedy the problem, repairs may be needed.
  • Unnecessary repairs. If you receive improper repairs, fail your retest, and must return for additional work on your vehicle, testing early provides extra time before your registration expires.
  • 30-day free retest. If you fail your emissions test, you may receive a free retest at your original testing station for 30 days (30 days includes the day of your first test and expires at the same time of day of the original test occurred). Take advantage of your free retest before your tags expire.
  • Tickets. Motorists driving with expired tags will most likely receive tickets from local law enforcement. Test early to avoid this.