DMV & Emissions Testing Locations In Kentucky


Kentucky Smog Check / Emissions Test

The state of Kentucky adopted vehicle emissions testing programs for three counties in the northern portion of the state in 1999, but this requirement ended in 2005 after Governor Ernie Fletcher signed an emergency regulation.

Governor Fletcher decided Kentucky’s air quality improved enough since the vehicle emissions testing started that the state no longer required vehicle emissions testing and that there were other methods Kentucky could implement to reduce air pollutants that had more value.

If you know you need an Emissions test done click here to select your county and find the nearest location.

Kentucky Eco-Friendly Driver Incentives

Although the State of Kentucky does not require vehicle emissions testing, there are “green” or “eco-friendly” vehicle tax breaks available if a vehicle owner decides to make a conscious effort to make more eco-friendly driving choices.

With the recent tax overhaul bill that passed at the end of 2017 in the U.S Congress, the U.S. Federal Government decided to keep its $7500 Alternative Fuel Vehicle tax deduction. Vehicle owners can receive federal for the following types of alternative vehicles:

  • Hybrids
  • Electric cars
  • Plug-in Hybrids
  • Alternative fuel vehicles
  • Diesel

Kentucky Eco-Friendly Tax Exemptions

Vehicle owners who drive propane vehicles on Kentucky’s public highways, do not have to pay Kentucky’s state excise tax on propane fuel when the vehicle has an approved carburetion system installed. Vehicle owners looking to qualify for this exemption must own a vehicle that falls into one of the following categories:

  • The owner must receive approval from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
  • The vehicle must have a fuel system meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

There are many insurance companies offering discounts for green driving habits. In order to qualify for these discounts, vehicle owners typically will need to keep track of the miles they drive and drive a fuel-efficient vehicle to meet the minimum eligibility set forth by their provider. Check with your insurance provider to see if they offer any for your vehicle.

How to Reduce Driving Emissions & Pollution

Pollution kills upwards of 200,000 people every year. Vehicle emissions test programs help but are not always enough. The State of Kentucky does provide the public with air pollution and ozone warnings. When Kentucky alerts residents of these air quality incidents, there are several actions residents can take to protect themselves, their families, and environment:


  • Stay indoors when possible
  • Start a rideshare or carpool for work
  • Work remotely or from home
  • Adjust your thermostat up in the summer; down in the winter
  • Use public transportation
  • Ride a bike or walk more often
  • Refuel your vehicle during cooler times of the day
  • Don’t use lawn mowers and other gas-powered equipment
  • Avoid the use of aerosol products, oil-based paints, and solvents.
  • Do more with fewer trips; combine errands and schedule travel around multiple commitments


Although Kentucky does not offer incentives for rideshare programs, a major push is taking place in urban districts, such as Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky, to implement them. There are many places online commuters can look for opportunities to help reduce the traffic on the roads and save money by sharing their vehicle with fellow Kentucky residents.


Find Smog Check Stations Near Me

Even though Kentucky drivers are not required to pass any smog check requirements, Kentucky-registered drivers can get a voluntary vehicle emissions test done. Check out our DMV & Emissions Testing Locations in Kentucky page to find a DMV office or testing location in your area.

Auto Insurance

Getting car insurance is one of the requirements that vehicle owners need to fulfill in order to register and claim the title for their vehicles in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Vehicle insurance companies in the United States offer full auto insurance and liability coverage that protects the drivers in case of a traffic accident.