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Cessation of Tailpipe Emission Testing

Beginning May 1, 2016, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has changed the inspection requirements for certain vehicles. Due to the cessation of tailpipe emission testing, the following passenger vehicles now will be exempted from inspection:

  • Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 1995 & older with a GVWR 8,500 pounds or less.
  • Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 2007 & older with a GVWR 8,501 to 14,000 pounds.
  • Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 2013 & older with a GVWR 14,001 pounds or more.

 Owners of the exempted vehicles will be sent a notice (below) six (6) to eight (8) weeks before their vehicle would have been due for inspection. Owners should remove the inspection sticker once it expires and keep this notice with their vehicle.

Reg Code Location

Additionally, Law Enforcement also has been advised of these changes through the notice below in an effort to prevent unnecessary stops for vehicles which do not display inspection stickers. 

A passenger vehicle is considered any vehicle registered with one of the following registration codes:

  • 1 through 9
  • 12 (not utilized to transport passengers as in the manner of a bus)
  • 15
  • 31
  • 73

You can find your registration code on your registration as illustrated below:

Registration code 07 are not necessarily exempted from inspection.  * Please check the top of the page to see if your vehicle qualifies.

Even though your vehicle may now be exempt from inspection, vehicle owners still are required to maintain all mechanical and emissions equipment and may at any time be cited for malfunctioning or missing required equipment. 

For further information please visit us at www.njmvc.gov or you can call 609-633-9460.