West Virginia Smog Check / Emissions Test
The State of West Virginia does not have any vehicle emissions test requirements at this time. Though, residents still have to get their vehicle’s to pass a safety inspection every 12 months. Safety inspections do not coincide with vehicle registration renewals in West Virginia. Some states have reciprocity agreements with West Virginia concerning safety inspections requirements, and if a new resident coming from one of these states has a vehicle with a valid safety inspection sticker, they do not need to pass a West Virginia safety inspection upon establishing residency in the state.
The West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collaborates with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) to administer the state’s safety inspection program.
Incentives for Eco – Friendly Driving in West Virginia
Even though there are no vehicle emissions testing requirements in West Virginia, there are many reasons that West Virginia vehicle owners may want to consider maintaining their vehicle’s emissions control systems, besides protecting the environment. For more information, contact a local DMV office from our list of DMV office and emissions testing location pages below to learn about how they can receive incentives for maintaining green driving habits.
Tax Deductions for Eco-Friendly Drivers in West Virginia
The State of West Virginia 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 West Virginia provides the public with air pollution and ozone warnings. When the State of West Virginia 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 West Virginia drivers are not required to pass any smog check requirements, West Virginia-registered drivers can get a voluntary vehicle emissions test done. Check out our DMV & Emissions Testing Locations in West Virginia pages below to find a DMV office or testing location in your area.