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Emissions Testing

October 24, 2013
Many cars squeezed together on the highway in a traffic jam.

Emissions testing isn’t just another item on a car owner’s checklist; it helps all of us breathe a little easier.

As a mandate of the Clean Air Act, annual emissions testing identifies vehicles that emit a harmful amount of pollutants into the environment. Since 1996, Georgia’s Clean Air Force has found and repaired almost two million vehicles that were heavily polluting the air we breathe.

Metro Atlanta residents can get their vehicles tested annually at a variety of locations. An emissions test is required to renew your vehicle tags. However, some vehicles are exempt from testing.

If your vehicle fails an emissions test, it is recommended that you have it repaired by a certified repair technician. View a list of further instructions as well as the contact information of certified technicians in the RepairWatch Public Report.

For more information on emissions testing, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles.

About the Author

Rachael Wheeler is a Georgia native and works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of government topics.