Nebraska Smog Check / Emissions Test
The State of Nebraska does not have any vehicle emissions test requirements at this time. However, Nebraska-registered vehicles must complete a vehicle inspection that consists of a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and an odometer check.
If you know you need an Emissions test done click here to select your county and find the nearest location.
Requirements for Passing a Nebraska Vehicle Inspection
The only way to not pass a Nebraska Vehicle inspection is if:
- The vehicle’s VIN number does not match the Title or Registration
- The vehicle does not have all of its necessary mechanical components to run
If a Nebraska resident seeks to get a vehicle registration and the vehicle falls under one of the following categories, it must get inspected in order to get registered:
- Any vehicle, ATV, minibike, or trailer moved into Nebraska from out of state
- Any ATV or mini bike that is not titled
- Any vehicle without a VIN number or other assigned ID
- A vehicle, ATV, or mini bike with a Salvage Title when the owner applies for a regular title meets the definition of a motor vehicle
- Any assembled vehicles, ATVs, and minibikes
- Any vehicle the State of Nebraska decides requires an inspection to determine if it
Nebraska provides exemptions for inspections for the following vehicles:
- Vehicles with a Nebraska Title
- Vehicles with a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin
- The vehicle with a United States Government Title
- Vehicles getting a Salvage Title
- Vehicles getting a Non -Transferable Title
- Cabin trailer
- Mobile homes
- Vehicles getting registered through the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles – Motor Carrier Services Division
- Vehicles getting a title requested when being sold by a manufacturer to a manufacturer-franchised dealer
- Vehicle sold at a manufacturer-authorized auction where the buyer is a licensed manufacturer-franchised dealer
- Trailers getting their title converted after having a prior utility-trailer registration and VIN number to a commercial-trailer registration, and there is no change of ownership. The owner must provide the previous Nebraska registration documentation
For more information, contact a local Nebraska DMV office location through one of our page links below.
Incentives for Eco – Friendly Driving in Nebraska
Even though there are no vehicle emissions testing requirements in Nebraska, there are many reasons that Nebraska vehicle owners may want to consider maintaining their vehicle’s emissions control systems, besides the protecting the environment.
For more information, contact a local DMV office to learn more about these incentives and how they can receive incentives for maintaining green driving habits.
Tax Deductions for Eco-Friendly Drivers in Nebraska
The State of Nebraska does not offer any tax credits or tax deductions for driving “eco-friendly” or “green” vehicles. However, 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 tax credits for the following types of alternative vehicles:
- Electric cars
- Plug-in Hybrids
- Alternative fuel vehicles
Also, some insurance companies provide rate discounts for vehicle owners who drive “green” or “eco-friendly” vehicles and who practice environmentally – friendly driving habits. Some insurance carriers may provide as much as a 10% discount. Contact your insurance provider for further details. These discounts include:
- Hybrid vehicle discounts
- Alternative fuel discounts
- Economy vehicle discounts
- Low-mileage discounts
- Pay as you drive discounts
How to Reduce Driving Emissions & Pollution
Pollution kills upwards of 200,000 people every year in the U.S. Vehicle emissions test programs help but are not always enough. The State of Nebraska provides the public with air pollution and ozone warnings. When the State of Nebraska alerts residents of 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
Find Smog Check Stations Near Me
Even though Nebraska drivers are not required to pass any smog check requirements, Nebraska-registered drivers can get a voluntary vehicle emissions test done. Check out our DMV & Emissions Testing Locations in Nebraska pages below to find a DMV office or testing location in your area.
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.