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Illinois – General Emissions Information

Illinois General Emissions Information – There are many questions concerning the state of Illinois emissions testing program.  Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers concerning the Illinois emissions inspection program.

Which vehicles need to get tested for emissions?

Usually most vehicles manufactured in 1996 up through four years ago need to have an emissions inspection.  There are vehicles that are exempt from emissions testing.  These are vehicles that fall under one of the below categories:

The vehicle powered by diesel fuel or 100% powered by electricity.

Vehicles manufactured in 1967 or prior.

Vehicles operated solely for items such as parades, ceremonies, civic organizations, etc…

If your vehicle was manufactured in 1995 or prior that was compliant with the February 1, 2007 Illinois Vehicles Emissions Inspection Law.

If your vehicle is registered in another state and is compliant with the emissions program law in that state.

What kind of test is done during an emissions test?

The emissions test consists of an On-Board Diagnostic test.  This test checks a computer data log that is stored in your car which identifies if there are any issues with your engine causing a greater amount of emissions to be produced than is legal.

How often does my vehicle need to be tested?

Emissions testing is required every two years on your vehicle.

Is emissions testing required on heavy duty vehicles?

If your vehicle weighs between 8,501 and 14,000 pounds and was manufactured in 2007 or later than an emissions test is required in Illinois.

What is an exhaust and gas cap test?

This is a test performed on vehicles that were manufactured prior to 1996.  Vehicles manufactured in 1996 or later are given the ODB test.  The reason for this is that it was a requirement that began in 1996 that vehicles must be equipped with a standardized ODB system for emissions testing purposes.

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Illinois – Emissions Testing Locations

There are many Illinois Emissions Testing locations where you can get your Illinois emissions test performed.  Below is a list of many stations that do emissions testing throughout Illinois.  It is always recommended that you call ahead to check on wait times, schedule an appointment if necessary, and ensure that the station is still performing emissions testing.

Here are state run testing only locations:

OBD Only Testing Facility
425 S Lombard Rd
Addison, IL 60101
(800) 378-1108

OBD Only Testing Facility
1850 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(800) 380-6610

OBD Only Testing Facility
2450 Landmeier Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(800) 378-4477

OBD Only Testing Facility
3555 Jarvis Ave
Skokie, IL 60076
(800) 383-3995

OBD Only Testing Facility
7460 Duvan Dr
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(800) 383-6503

 

Here are full service testing facilities:

Full Service Testing Facility
5231 W. 70th Pl
Bedford Park, Illinois 60638
(800) 379-4489

Full Service Testing Facility
6959 W Forest Preserve Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60634
(800) 383-7085

Full Service Testing Facility
195 Liberty Rd
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
(800) 381-1765

Full Service Testing Facility
3501 Mall Loop Dr
Joliet, Illinois 60431
(800) 378-4855

Full Service Testing Facility
580 Bond St
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
(800) 382-7933

Full Service Testing Facility
3824 W 159th Pl
Markham, Illinois 60428
(800) 379-2160

Full Service Testing Facility
435 Weston Ridge Dr
Naperville, Illinois 60563
(800) 382-9092

Full Service Testing Facility
1000 E Chain of Rocks Rd
Pontoon Beach, Illinois 62040
(800) 383-7172

Full Service Testing Facility
1675 Mitchell Blvd
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193
(800) 382-4354

Full Service Testing Facility
4200 Trade Ct
Swansea, Illinois 62226
(800) 383-8977

Full Service Testing Facility
2161 Northwestern Ave
Waukegan, Illinois 60087
(800) 380-8337

Full Service Testing Facility
230 N Old Saint Louis Rd
Wood River, Illinois 62095
(800) 383-9592

Here are local businesses which also can perform emissions testing for you on your vehicle.

Station Address
Station Type
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
17065 TORRENCE AVE
LANSING , IL 60438
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
35 East 162nd Street
SOUTH HOLLAND , IL 60473
MARKHAM Full Service
3824 W. 159th Place
Markham , IL 60426
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
2260 W. 127th Street
Blue Island , IL 60406
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
4458 West 147th Street
MIDLOTHIAN , IL 60445
TINLEY PARK OBD Only
7460 Duvan Dr.
Tinley Park , IL 60477
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
7424 S. Stony Island
Chicago , IL 60649
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
13400 S Ridgeland
PALOS HEIGHTS , IL 60463
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
9740 Southwest Hwy.
OAK LAWN , IL 60453
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
7743 S. Cicero
Chicago , IL 60652
BEDFORD PARK Full Service
5231 W. 70th Place
Bedford Park , IL 60638
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
6420 Ogden Ave
BERWYN , IL 60402
MIDAS Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
5815 S. LaGrange Road
Countryside , IL 60525
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
12775 Main Street
LEMONT , IL 60439
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
20712 Gaskin Drive
LOCKPORT , IL 60441
WEBSTER OBD Only
1850 Webster Ave.
Chicago , IL 60614
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
700 Madison Street
Oak Park , IL 60302
MIDAS Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
11105 W. Roosevelt Road
Westchester , IL 60154
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
10139 Roosevelt Road
WESTCHESTER , IL 60154
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
2737 N CENTRAL AVE
CHICAGO , IL 60639
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
6135 South Cass Avenue
WESTMONT , IL 60559
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
3244 W IRVING PARK
CHICAGO , IL 60618
FOREST PRESERVE Full Service
6959 W. Forest Preserve
Chicago , IL 60634
JOLIET Full Service
3501 Mall Loop Drive
Joliet , IL 60435
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
815 Ogden Avenue
DOWNERS GROVE , IL 60515
Firestone Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
5604 Route 53
Lisle , IL 60532
NAPERVILLE Full Service
435 Weston Ridge Rd.
Naperville , IL 60540
SKOKIE OBD Only
3555 W. Jarvis Ave.
Skokie , IL 60076
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
716 West Lake Street
ADDISON , IL 60101
ADDISON OBD Only
425 S. Lombard Rd.
Addison , IL 60101
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
1032 East Ogden Avenue
NAPERVILLE , IL 60563
ELK GROVE VILLAGE OBD Only
2450 Landmeier Rd.
Elk Grove Village , IL 60007
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
9401 Golf Road
DES PLAINES , IL 60016
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
2094 South Elmhurst Road
MOUNT PROSPECT , IL 60056
MIDAS Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
130 W Roosevelt Road
West Chicago , IL 60185
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
3402 Milwaukee Avenue
NORTHBROOK , IL 60062
SCHAUMBURG Full Service
1675 Mitchell Blvd.
Schaumburg , IL 60193
MIDAS Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
1804 W. Army Trail Road
Hanover Park , IL 60133
MIDAS Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
1505 W Irving Park Road
Hanover Park , IL 60133
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
202 Genesis Drive
NORTH AURORA , IL 60542
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
1301 North Lake Street
AURORA , IL 60506
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
811A West Higgins Road
SCHAUMBURG , IL 60195
LINCOLNSHIRE Full Service
580 Bond Street
Lincolnshire , IL 60069
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
8000 Binnie Road
Carpentersville , IL 60110
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
80 Kennedy Drive
CARPENTERSVILLE , IL 60110
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
313 Townline Rd.
MUNDELEIN , IL 60060
WAUKEGAN Full Service
2161 Northwestern Ave.
Waukegan , IL 60087
CRYSTAL LAKE Full Service
195 Liberty Rd.
Crystal Lake , IL 60014
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
875 E Grand Ave
LAKE VILLA , IL 60046
CAR-X Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
4705 W Elm
McHenry , IL 60050
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
2701 Washington Avenue
ALTON , IL 62002
WOOD RIVER Full Service
230 N. Old St. Louis Road
Wood River , IL 62095
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
411 Belt Line Road
COLLINSVILLE , IL 62234
PONTOON BEACH Full Service
1000 E. Chain of Rocks Rd.
Pontoon Beach , IL 62040
MEINEKE Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
702 Martin Luther King Dr
EAST SAINT LOUIS , IL 62201
SWANSEA Full Service
4200 Trade Ct.
Swansea , IL 62226
Dobbs Tire & Auto Center Appt Only (call: 877-927-7587)
1300 Camp Jackson Rd
Cahokia , IL 62206
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Illinois – Emissions Testing Hours & Schedule

For the state of Illinois, it is required that the emissions test is carried out every two years. The cars that must be tested are the cars build four years ago or older than that. The two-year inspection must be done before the registration renewal is due. Due to this two year rule, even model years are tested on the even year and odd model years take emissions test on odd years. You also need to check the other state of Illinois regulations and requirements for emissions testing.

The state will send you a notice stating that your car is due for the emissions test. You will need to bring this notice with you for the testing. In order for the car to be eligible for registration renewal, it must successfully pass the Illinois emissions testing. If your car is due for the test, you’ll need to first find the nearest Illinois emissions testing station. To find a location near you, click here.

Illinois emissions testing stations hours

Once you’ve selected your location, you’ll then need to check emissions testing stations hours and availability. Illinois emissions testing stations hours can vary depending upon the location of the service center at which you are going to do your emissions test. For example, emissions testing hours in Naperville are 8:00 AM–6:00 PM, while for some stations for emissions testing hours in Skokie are 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. On Saturdays, most vehicle emissions testing stations work from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Make sure you get the right information by contacting the emissions test location prior to visiting. You can find the nearest station by visiting the locations page for your county. Make sure that your chosen date is not Sunday or a Federal Holiday since most Illinois emissions testing stations are closed on these dates. You can check the dates of Federal Holidays in the table below.

 

Federal Holidays are:

 

Holiday 2017 2018
New Year’s Day Monday, January 2 Monday, January 1
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 16 Monday, January 15
Lincoln’s Birthday Monday, February 13 Monday, February 12
Washington’s Birthday
(President’s Day)
Monday, February 20 Monday, February 19
Memorial Day Monday, May 29 Monday, May 28
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4 Wednesday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 4 Monday, September 3
Columbus Day Monday, October 9 Monday, October 8
General Election Day Tuesday, November 6
Veterans’ Day Friday, November 10 Monday, November 12
Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday
November 23 and 24
Thursday and Friday
November 22 and 23
Christmas Monday, December 25 Tuesday, December 25

*Please note that the holidays can change since the state is continuously negotiating with various unions.

Illinois Air Team Car Emissions Testing

If you are going to have your car tested by the Air Team appointment only testing station, you can call to set up an appointment. The number to speak with a representative is (844) 258-9071. You can also call to find out how long the current waiting times are for the emissions testing centers.

Illinois emissions testing stations schedule

It is best if you book an emissions testing appointment in advance, but if you cannot do that, it’s good to know the schedule and the time it takes to take the emissions test. If you can, avoid going for a test at the beginning and the end of the month, or on Saturdays. These are the busiest times for most emissions testing locations in Illinois. It should be easy to schedule a timely visit to emissions testing center of your choice since you’ll have four months to take your vehicle in for the test prior to the registration expiry. The wait times can also vary depending on the location. Wait time for emissions testing in Swansea area is usually around one, while for some locations, like Markham emissions testing center, the wait time can be nine. Check all the available information at your disposal, so that you don’t have to waste time waiting in line at the emissions testing location.

Shorten the wait time for others

Chicago Emissions Testing

You can help shorten the emissions test wait times for other motorists if you come prepared for the testing. This, of course, means preparing your car so that the test can be done quickly. You need to make sure that the car engine is warmed up properly, that the car is safe to operate and that there is nothing obstructing the access to the DLC unit of your car. You can also read some tips that may help you pass the emissions testing safely.

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