North Dakota Smog Check / Emissions Test
The State of North Dakota does not require smog testing or vehicle emissions tests for South Dakota-registered vehicles and vehicle owners do not need to get their vehicles to pass a smog check or emissions test when registering or renewing a vehicle registration regardless of the age of your vehicle.
However, your vehicle must pass a North Dakota general safety inspection in order to be eligible to be driven on the roads. You will need to have this inspection completed before you are able to receive the title and register your vehicle within the state. However, North Dakota does not require vehicles to be inspected when getting a registration renewal.
However, when registering a vehicle for the first time in North Dakota, it must pass a North Dakota general safety inspection in order to be legal to drive on the roads. The inspection must be completed before a vehicle owner can receive a vehicle title and get a vehicle registration.
Requirements for Passing a North Dakota Vehicle Inspection
New Residents have 90 days after establishing North Dakota residency to get their vehicle inspected and registered in North Dakota. If someone falls under one of the following categories, they do not need to get a Nebraska vehicle registration:
- Nonresident students
- Members of the Armed Forces
However, if a new resident owns one of the following types of vehicles, they must get a vehicle inspection:
- Salvaged title
- Rebuilt or modified vehicle
- Antique vehicles
- Vehicles needing a VIN verification
Performing a North Dakota Vehicle Inspection
Depending on the type of vehicle a vehicle owner gets inspected, a Nebraska vehicle inspector will fill out either a Certificate of Vehicle Inspection form or a Certificate of Vehicle Inspection Off Highway/Low Speed Vehicles. Vehicle owners can either print out the forms and provide them to the inspector or they can call Nebraska inspection facility to make sure they have copies on hand. The inspectors will check the following on a vehicle they inspect:
- VIN number
- Vehicle type – inspectors will note if the vehicle is an antique, modified, homemade, has lawfully tinted windows, rebuilt or salvaged
- Vehicle parts – Inspectors look over a list of parts on the vehicle to make sure they are not damaged and are in good working order
After the vehicle owner gets the inspection done and the inspector signs the appropriate form, the vehicle owner must then pay the inspection fee. The fee may vary depending on where vehicle owner gets the inspection done. Afterwards, the vehicle owner must mail the form to the following address:
Motor Vehicle Division
608 E. Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505
Incentives for Eco – Friendly Driving in North Dakota
Even though there are no vehicle emissions testing requirements in North Dakota, there are many reasons that North Dakota vehicle owners may want to consider when maintaining their vehicles, besides the protecting the environment.
Tax Deductions for Eco-Friendly Drivers in North Dakota
The State of North Dakota 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 North Dakota provides the public with air pollution and ozone warnings. When the State of North Dakota 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 less trips; combine errands and schedule travel around multiple commitments
Find Smog Check Stations Near Me
Even though North Dakota drivers are not required to pass any smog check requirements, North Dakota-registered drivers can get a voluntary vehicle emissions test done. Check out our DMV & Emissions Testing Locations in North Dakota pages below to find a DMV office or testing location in your area.