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Are Smog Checks Required in New York?

The state of New York is always hustling and bustling. The only con of living in New York is the air pollution. To minimize the pollution, the state of New York requires a smog check to go along with your safety inspection every year to receive an original registration or an annual registration renewal. By requiring New York residents to receive an emissions test, we can all have cleaner air to breathe. 

FAQs on Smog Checks/Emissions Testing in New York

Q1: Which vehicles are exempt from smog testing?

A1: If a vehicle falls into any of the following categories below, it does not need to pass a smog check:

  • Vehicles older than 25 years old
  • New cars less than two years old
  • Electric vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Registered farm equipment
  • Diesel vehicles weighing less than 8500 lbs
  • Homemade or custom vehicles refurbished in the upstate area

Q2: What is the difference between OBDII testing and low enhanced testing?

A2: OBDII stands for On-Board Diagnostics Generation II test. This type of inspection is required for 1996 and newer gasoline-powered vehicles.

OBDII test examines the "check engine" light and emissions system. Test results are documented with the vehicle's onboard emissions diagnostic system. Low Enhanced Emission inspections are done on cars that are not subject to OBDII tests. 

Q3: What parts do the technician check during a test?

A3: The following emissions control parts are tested during a smog test:

  • Catalytic converter (CAT)
  • Exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR)
  • Positive crankcase ventilation system (PCV)
  • Air injection system (AIS)
  • Evaporative emissions control (EVAP)
  • Fuel inlet restrictor (FIR)
  • Thermostatic air cleaner (TAC)

Q4: What happens if you fail the test?

A4: Failing a smog test means your vehicle will have to be repaired and retested before you can pass the safety inspection. If you complete your retest within a month of the initial assessment, you will only have to redo the emissions inspection portion. 


Got a smog test coming up? You should stop by our shop ahead of time, and we'll have your car checked off and prepped for the smog check in no time. Avoid the extra fees of failing the smog test by getting your emissions looked at by our service team at Gil's Garage. We are always ready to help you! Feel free to give us a call or visit today.

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