Maine – General Emissions Information

Last updated on April 25th, 2018

The emissions testing program in Maine has been around since 1999 and there are common questions that residents have concerning the Maine emissions program which we will cover below.  Below are the most frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers about the Maine vehicle emissions inspection program.


Are all vehicles in Maine required to have an emissions inspection?

No, only residents of Cumberland County are required to have an emissions test for their vehicles.

Are there vehicles that are exempt from certain parts of the emissions test in Maine?

Yes, there are vehicles that are exempt from the malfunction indicator inspection .  They are new vehicles which have 1,000 or less miles, 1996 Subarus (all models), 1996-98 Mitsubishis (all models), 1996 Volvo 850 Turbo, 1996 Chrysler Avenger/Sebring/Talan,, Cirrus/Stratus/Breeze, Intrepid/Conccord/New Yorker/LHS/Vision, Neon, and Ford trucks from 1996-2003 which are medium heavy duty with a GVWR above 8,600 pounds.

How often must I have my vehicle’s emissions tested?

In Maine you are required to have your emissions inspection done annually.

What is the fee for having an emissions inspection done?

In Maine the fee for an emissions inspection is $15.50 if your vehicle was manufactured in 1995 or earlier, and $18.50 if your vehicle was manufactured in 1996 or later.  Even if your vehicle fails the emissions inspection you must still pay for the inspection.

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