There are many commonly asked questions concerning the Maryland emissions program.  In this section we will look at the most frequently asked questions concerning Maryland’s emissions inspection program and provide the answers to them.

How will I know if my vehicle needs to get its Maryland emissions inspection done?

Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration will send a letter to you approximately 8 weeks before your vehicle’s deadline to have emissions testing is.  You can have your vehicle’s emissions tested anytime after receiving the letter up to the full 8 weeks until the deadline.

What if I forget the letter sent to me from the MVA?

If you forget to bring your letter that you received telling you that your emissions needs to be tested you will need to provide your registration in its place when go to get the emissions inspection done.

Is there a fee to have my emissions tested in Maryland?

Yes, there is a $14 fee to have a Maryland emissions inspection performed.  There are multiple forms of payment accepted: credit card, money order, cash, or personal check (you will need two valid forms of ID if you wish to pay by personal check).

When will I find out if my vehicle passed or failed the emissions inspection?

After the emissions inspection is performed you will be given an emissions paper that tells you whether your vehicle passed or failed the Maryland emissions inspection.  In the event that your vehicle failed the emissions test the paper will inform you of when your emissions retest will be.

Do I need to pay for a retest if my vehicle failed the initial emissions inspection?

No, you do not need to pay for the retest.  The retest is done for free.

If I cannot get my vehicle tested by the due date am I able to get an extension?

You can request an extension by calling 1-800-638-8347 and explaining your situation.