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


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Vehicles Exempt from Emissions Testing

Certain vehicles are exempt from emissions testing, therefore do not require an emissions inspection. Those vehicles include:

  • Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 8,500 pounds. Note: If the tag office states the vehicle must be tested, the motorist must complete the GVWR Letter Application and present the vehicle for a visual inspection at a GCAF Customer Service Center. Once the GVWR letter is issued, the motorist can use the GVWR letter when registering the vehicle in lieu of presenting proof of inspection.
  • Vehicles operated exclusively on diesel or another alternative fuel, e.g. natural gas, propane, etc. Note: Bi-fuel or flexible fuel vehicles must be tested if one of the fuels burned is gasoline.
  • The three most recent model year vehicles. For registration in 2022, this includes all 2020 and newer model year vehicles.
  • Antique or collector vehicles. Vehicles 25 model years old or older are exempt from the emissions inspection. For vehicle registrations in 2022, this includes model years 1997 and older.
  • Motorcycles, recreational vehicles (RVs) and motor homes
  • Diesel vehicles