IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT VEHICLE EMISSIONS IN ILLINOIS

Emission Testing
Emission Testing

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT VEHICLE EMISSIONS TEST ENFORCEMENT AND YOUR LICENSE PLATES            

 It’s funny how sometimes you find out important things simply by accident.  You are at the beauty shop or barber shop.  The conversations revolve around the presidential debates, the Super Bowl, upcoming vacations, and new grandchildren.  Then someone mentions something that can impact every driver in the state of Illinois.  WHOA!

ILLINOIS EPA HAS SUSPENDED THE MAILING OF VEHICLE EMISSIONS TEST NOTICES BEGINNING IN DECEMBER, 2015.  THEREFORE, VEHICLE OWNERS WHOSE LICENSE PLATES EXPIRE AT THE END OF MARCH, 2016, WILL BE THE FIRST MOTORISTS WHO WILL NOT RECEIVE VEHICLE TEST NOTICES.

The Illinois EPA and the Secretary of State’s office are also implementing a change in the enforcement process of the testing program, as required by Public Act 94-0848.  Beginning in January, 2008, vehicles must pass an emissions test or otherwise comply with the Illinois Vehicle Inspection Law of 2005 before the registration (license plate) can be renewed.  Previously, the program was enforced through the suspension of drivers’ licenses and vehicles’ registration.

Due to these changes, some vehicles will be required to comply prior to the expiration date printed on the current Vehicle Inspection Report or Emissions Test Certificate.  Generally, vehicles over four years old will still need to be tested every two years (even model year vehicles during even calendar years and odd model year vehicles during odd calendar years).

For more information about vehicle emissions test enforcement and your license plates, go to the Illinois EPA Web site at http://www.epa.illinois.gov/) .         

by Karen Centowski