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  $978 for 2022 registration ($949 for 2021 registration).
    • If repairs are performed by the owner of the vehicle, only the cost of parts will be considered toward the Repair Waiver limit amount.
    • If repairs are performed by an unlicensed shop, only the cost of parts will be considered toward the Repair Waiver limit amount.
    • Receipts must be from a repair facility possessing a valid business license for parts and labor cost to be considered toward the Repair Waiver limit amount.
    • The business license can be obtainable by the motorist and presented to the GCAF representative.
  • 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.
  • Repair receipts for all emissions-related repair work completed. Note: receipts must identify the vehicle by VIN or tag number, and year, make, and model.

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
    • Model

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 is complete, it may be processed within three business days. If the application packet required by the extension, exemption, or waiver does not contain all applicable documents, is missing requirements, or if any information is not verifiable, the applicant will be notified and the waiver will remain “pending” until the requirements are met.

Documents submitted or re-submitted via email may take up to three business days to be attached to the application for review. Once documents are attached, an additional three business days may be required for processing.

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.

The applicant should remember to check his or her email and voicemail for correspondence from Georgia’s Clean Air Force for application’s status after three business days have passed.


Start your Repair Waiver Application now.