Emission Inspections & Vehicle Registration in Salt Lake City



Emissions Inspections & Car Registration in Salt Lake City

The state of Utah uses a schedule for safety inspection requirements for cars, trucks and on-highway motorcycles. Vehicles with model years four, eight, and ten years old require a safety inspection. Any vehicle over ten years old and older must pass safety inspections every year. Use the chart below to see your vehicle needs an inspection! 

Effective January 1, 2018, the State of Utah removed the safety inspection requirement for most vehicles as per prerequisite for registration. However, the vehicles below require a safety inspection.
  • Salvage vehicles that have been rebuilt and requesting a rebuilt title
  • First time street legal ATV registrations. This includes ownership transfers for previously registered street legal ATVs.
  • Commercial vehicles are required to obtain a safety inspection for display and presenting to law enforcement, but it is not a prerequisite for registration.
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Emission Inspections
All vehicles registered in Davis, Salt lake, Utah and Weber counties with model years less than six years old are required to have an emission test once every two years. Vehicles in this category that have even-numbered model years must have an emission test in even-numbered years, and vehicles that have odd-numbered model years must have an emission test in odd-numbered years. Vehicles less than two years old, based up on the model year, are exempt from the requirement to obtain an emissions inspection. Emissions tests are not required for diesel vehicles registered in Utah county.
Vehicles with model years six years old and older (to 1967) must have an emission test every year. Emission certificates are not required for vehicles with model years 1967 or older.

2018 Emission Inspection Requirements
 Vehicle Model Year
 Emission Inspection
2018 Not Required
2017 Not Required
2016 Required in 2018
2015Not Required
2014 Required in 2018
2013
 Not Required
2012 to 1968
 Required in 2018
1967 and Older
 Not Required


An emission inspection may be made no more than two months prior to the renewal of the registration. The emission certificate must be submitted to the appropriate Motor Vehicle office as a condition of registration.

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