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Inspection Exemptions and Waivers

  • New personal vehicles that have a manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin do not need to be inspected.
  • Personal vehicles that are manufactured  pre-1968 do not need to be inspected.
  • Zero emission, i.e. diesel or electric, personal vehicles and trailers do not need to be inspected.
  • Motorcycles do not need to be inspected
  • Any vehicle you have spent at least $935.35 in emission-related repairs that cannot pass inspection will receive a waiver from emission inspection for 2 years. You will have to show the repair bills as proof, that the repairs were accomplished within 60 days, and have failed a vehicle emission inspection.

NOTE: The DC DMV Inspection Station no longer verifies whether the windows in your vehicle are tinted within the tinting thresholds established by DC law. You can obtain a medical waiver for window tinting that will allow you to tint your vehicle’s windows to the degree necessary for you. More information is available at the link below:

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