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.

    2019 Emission Inspection Requirements

Vehicle Model YearEmission Inspection
2019Not Required
2018Not Required
2016Not Required
2014Not Required
2013 to 1968Required
1967 and OlderNot 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.


  • New vehicles with an MSO
  • Any vehicle with a model year 1967 & older
  • Any diesel vehicle with a model year 1997 & older and with a GVWR less than 14,000 lbs.
  • All implements of husbandry
  • Off highway vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Motorcycles or motor driven cycles
  • Farm vehicles
  • Vintage or custom vehicles
  • Maintenance or construction vehicles not designed or licensed to operate on a highway
  • Military tactile vehicles

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