In conjunction with an annual safety inspection, motor vehicles registered in 22 North Carolina counties in the table below must undergo an on-board diagnostic emissions inspection as part of requirements to keep air quality standards in compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.*
Vehicles are exempt from emissions inspections under the following conditions:
Failure to Pass Inspection
The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles’ License & Theft Bureau may issue a waiver for a vehicle that meets all the following conditions:
- It passes the safety inspection but fails the emissions inspection analysis of data provided by the on-board diagnostic equipment.
- It has documented repairs costing at least the $200 waiver amount to correct the cause of the failure.
- It is re-inspected and again passes the safety inspection but fails the on-board diagnostic analysis.
The vehicle’s owner must then bring the vehicle and all the above supporting documentation to a License & Theft Bureau to receive a repair waiver.
All safety items must pass. A waiver cannot be issued for the failure of a safety item.