Massachusetts – Emissions Failures and Retests

Last updated on April 26th, 2018

If you have your vehicle’s emissions tested and your vehicle fails the emissions test then there are a few steps you need to follow so that you can get your vehicle repaired and retested within sixty days from the date you failed the inspection as that is the requirement.

After your initial emissions test is complete you will receive a vehicle inspection report from the emissions inspector which will give you the result of the emissions test and put notes on what areas of the test your vehicle has failed.  When you go to get your car repaired you need to bring this vehicle inspection report with you so that you can give it to the repair technician.  This will allow them to pinpoint the area(s) of your vehicle that they need to look further into and will save you time.   If you lost your vehicle inspection report you can reprint the report out from the Massachusetts state website page which you can visit here.

The emissions inspection may have also given you a repair form.  If you received this form you will need to bring it when you are getting your vehicle repairs completed and have the technician complete this form for you and give it back to you.  You will need to submit this form to the emissions inspector when you get your vehicle retested.  The repair technician is able to complete this form online and submit it online.  If they do not give you a paper copy to bring with you, you should ensure that they submitted it online.

You should also hold onto the receipt from your emissions repair work that was done and bring that to your followup inspection also.  There are times when the repair work you have done did not fix the problem.  If the vehicle repair estimated cost is very high upon failure there is a chance you could still pass the test. Or if you got your vehicle repaired and it still fails and you bring all the paperwork and the repair was done by a registered emissions repair tech there is a chance you can have the failure waived and your vehicle will be passed.

If you would like to apply for either an extension or a waiver for your vehicle you will need to bring the following to a Motorist Assistance Center:  your vehicle, the emissions inspection report, and the repair form with receipt.  At this point you will either receive the waiver or extension or you will be informed why you are not receiving the waiver or extension.

The first time you get your vehicle retested it is done free of charge if you go to the same emissions testing station.  If you do not go to the original station but to a new station you will need to repay the $29 fee to get the retest done.

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