Maine – Emissions Failures and Retests
There is a chance that when your bring your vehicle in for its Maine emissions inspection that your vehicle may fail the test. If your vehicle fails the emissions test there are a few steps you will need to follow.
Upon emissions testing failure in Maine, you will have sixty days from the test date to have your vehicle repaired and have an emissions retest performed and passed. If you do not comply with this you risk receiving a citation or possibly having your registration suspended. If you go to have a retest done and you are within the sixty days limit the retest will be performed free of charge.
It is recommended that for repairs you go to a qualified technician that has the proper diagnostic and repair equipment. Most dealerships and repair shops should have the required equipment but you should ask prior to bringing your vehicle there to ensure they are qualified.
If your vehicle failed the emissions test you are not supposed to drive your vehicle until the repairs have been made. If your vehicle was manufactured in 1996 or later, following having your repairs made on the vehicle you will need to drive the vehicle for one week so that your Onboard Diagnostics can collect the required amount of data for a retest to be performed.
There are no extensions or waivers allowed in the state of Maine.