Exemptions for Arizona Residents

Last updated on April 26th, 2018

If you are active in the military, stationed outside of Arizona, you could qualify for an exemption from emissions testing. If the vehicle is going to be used by someone else, you will need to use the original Out of State Exemption.

In order to apply for the exemption, you need to complete and sign the application form and have your commanding officer sign it as well. The application must be made within 90 days before the expiration of your vehicles current registration.

Arizona will exempt emissions testing on vehicles that are of the newest model in the last five years. In 2014, the majority of 2010 and models newer will be exempt from emissions testing.

Most vehicles registered outside of the vehicle emissions control area, Phoenix and Tucson, will be exempt from testing, based on the person’s area code. The list of zip codes below are considered partial, this means that some are exempt and others are not.

*Partial Zip Codes in the Vehicle Emissions Control Areas (effective July 2009):


Phoenix Metro Area – Area A:

85218/85118, 85226, 85232/85132, 85239/85139, 85242/85142, 85243/85143, 85244, 85262, 85263, 85290/85190, 85322, 85326, 85332, 85337, 85339, 85342, 85354, 85390

(Zip Codes separated by a slash (/) are in the process of being changed by the U.S. Postal Service)

Tucson Metro Area – Area B:

85629, 85641, 85653, 85654, 85658, 85735, 85736, 85739, 85743, 85746, 85747

Vehicle owners who reside in a partial zip code will be identified as “emissions test required” on their vehicle registration renewal form.

Vehicles may be granted an Out of Area exemption if the vehicle is registered in a partial zip code and out of the emission control area boundary. If the vehicle is going to be used to travel into the emissions testing boundary areas for employment or school, the vehicle will have to go through emissions testing.



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