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


Repair Waiver Application Instructions

If your vehicle did not pass the initial inspection and the re-inspection after repairs are made, your vehicle may be eligible for a Repair Waiver if certain criteria are met. Note: The initial inspection cannot be more than one year old (12 months) or associated with a previous Repair Waiver or registration renewal. In addition, your application for a Repair Waiver must be dated within 60 days of any failed test.

Please read the instructions below before applying for a Repair Waiver.

Applying for a Repair Waiver

Repair Waiver Applications may be submitted electronically. If you wish to print the forms, you must submit the completed forms in-person at any GCAF Customer Service Center or select metro Atlanta tag offices.

In order for the application to receive final approval, the vehicle and proof of ownership documentation must be presented at one of our GCAF Customer Service Centers for a visual inspection. See Release of Liability Form.

Required Documentation

GCAF only accepts documentation in English; documents in other languages will not be accepted. Additional documentation may be required in order to process the request for a Repair Waiver.

The following documentation must be submitted when applying for a Repair Waiver.

  • A completed Repair Waiver Application.
  • 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).
  •  Copies of the following (scans, camera photos, etc., are acceptable but copies must be completely clear and readable):
    • All failed vehicle inspection report (VIRs). Note: An after-repairs test is required to qualify for a Repair Waiver.
    • The inspection results AFTER emissions-related repairs were made to my vehicle show some tailpipe emissions improvement in all areas that failed the initial inspection, AND
      • The vehicle passes in all areas that previously passed.
  • Repair receipts for all “emissions-related repair work” completed totaling a minimum of $936.
  • My receipts are itemized and show identifiable emissions-related repairs.
  • My receipts are from a repair facility possessing a valid business license; or I understand if the business does not possess a business license or if I performed the repairs, the labor costs will not count toward the Repair Waiver minimum amount; only the cost for parts will count.

Note: The following charges do not count toward the Repair Waiver limit amount:

    • Emissions inspection fees
    •  Surcharges
    • Taxes
    • Warranty work
    • Gas
    • Disposal fee
    • Shop supplies
    • Miscellaneous charges

My receipts include the following vehicle information:

    • VIN or tag number
    • Year
    • Make
    • Mode

My receipts are dated either:

    • 60 days before or after the corresponding failed emissions test, or
    • 60 days prior to the initial inspection.

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.

Start your Repair Waiver Application now.