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Personal vehicle emission testing

We oversee the vehicle emission testing program in Washington and have partnered with Applus to provide vehicle emissions inspections. Call our hotline at 1-800-272-3780 for assistance.

Personal vehicle testing

Not all vehicles need to go through emission tests. Please review the table below to determine if your vehicle needs to be tested. 

Year tabs expire Model years to be tested
2017 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
2018 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
2019 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008

A test is required to transfer ownership between private parties for the vehicles listed above unless the vehicle has been tested within the last 365 days. A test isn't required to transfer ownership between parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, spouses, legal domestic partners, or present co-owners, or to change the legal owner.

These gasoline vehicles never need emission tests:

  • Motorcycles
  • 2009 and newer models
  • Toyota Prius and Honda Insight
  • Vehicles over 25 years old

These diesel vehicles never need emission tests:

  • All diesel powered passenger vehicles weighing less than 6,000 pounds
  • All diesel vehicles model year 2007 and newer, regardless of weight
Areas requiring personal vehicle emissions test by zip code Where to get your vehicle tested If your vehicle is out of the area and needs testing Tab renewal and emission testing