Exemptions for Massachusetts

Vehicles Exemptions Massachussetts – Vehicles in the state of Massachusetts are required to pass emissions and safety inspections. However, in some cases vehicles may be exempt from these tests, let’s take a look at which ones are exempt.

The following vehicles are exempt from emissions testing:


  • Diesel vehicles less than 8,500 lbs. that were manufactured before 1998 and/or are over 15 years old
  • Diesel vehicles weighing up to 10,000 lbs. that were manufactured before 2007 and/or are over 15 years old
  • Non-diesel medium duty vehicles that were manufactured before 2008 and/or are more than 15 years old
  • Motorcycles and mopeds
  • Military vehicles
  • Electric powered vehicles

Farm and Construction Exemptions

Farming and construction vehicles that are not meant to be driven on the road are exempt from emissions testing. These include the following:

  • Construction vehicles used in the actual construction work process (i.e. bulldozers, excavators, motor graders, articulated loader/haulers)
  • NOTE: This does not include pickups or vehicles owned by construction companies to be driven on MA roadways (i.e. semis, dump trucks, cement trucks, etc.)
  • Tractors and off-road farm equipment (does not include pickups or vehicles with farm registration plates driven on MA roadways)

Source: http://www.dmv.org/ma-massachusetts/smog-check.php

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