Vehicle Inspections

Safety Inspections

Effective January 1, 2018, the State of Utah removed the safety inspection requirement for most vehicles as a prerequisite for registration. Vehicles that require a safety inspection are listed below.

  • Salvage vehicles that have been rebuilt and are requesting a rebuilt title.
  • First time street legal ATV registrations. This includes ownership transfers for previously registered street legal ATVs.
  • Commercial vehicles are required to obtain a safety inspection for display and presenting to law enforcement, but it is not a prerequisite for registration.

Emission Inspections


Salt Lake County
Emissions Requirements

Vehicles registered in Salt Lake County with model years less than six years old are required to have an emission test once every two years. Vehicles in this category that have even-numbered model years must have an emission test in even-numbered years, and vehicles that have odd-numbered model years must have an emission test in odd-numbered years.

Vehicle Model Year Emission Inspection
2020 Not required
2019 Not required
2018 Required
2017 Not required
2016 Required
2015 Not required
2014 to 1968 Required
1967 and older Not required


  • New vehicles with an MSO
  • Any vehicle with a model year 1967 & older
  • Any diesel vehicle with a model year 1997 & older and with a GVWR less than 14,000 lbs.
  • All implements of husbandry
  • Off highway vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Motorcycles or motor driven cycles
  • Farm vehicles
  • Vintage or custom vehicles
  • Maintenance or construction vehicles not designed or licensed to operate on a highway
  • Military tactile vehicles

When to Obtain an Inspection

An emission inspection may be made no more than two months prior to the renewal of the registration. The emission certificate must be submitted to the appropriate Motor Vehicle office as a condition of registration.

Fees for Inspections

Fees that may be charged by approved inspection stations for the emission inspection are not to exceed:

Emission Inspection Fees* Paid to Station
County Maximum Inspection Fee*
Cache $20
Davis No limit is set as the fees are self regulated
Salt Lake No limit is set as the fees are self regulated, however the average fee is $25
Utah No limit is set as the fees are self regulated, however the average fee is $25
Weber $30

Exempt from this requirement are:

  • New vehicles,
  • Motorcycles, and
  • Vehicles with a model year of 1967 and older.

In addition to the inspection fee paid to the station, the following counties impose fees for emission programs. Payment of fees is required at the time of registration. Fees are due regardless if a certificate is required or not. The fees are as follows:

Emission Program Fees Paid to County
County All including diesel
Cache $3
Davis $3
Salt Lake $3
Utah $2
Weber $1

Additional Information

For more information about emissions test requirements contact the appropriate County Health Department below:

Cache County 435-792-6579 Davis County 801-525-5100 Salt Lake County 385-468-3837 Utah County 801-851-7600 Weber County 801-399-7140

Vehicles Sold by Dealers in Non-Emission Counties to Emission-County Residents

Utah law requires all licensed Utah dealers to assure vehicles they sell to residents of Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, or Weber counties meet emission testing requirements prior to issuing a temporary permit. However, because emission testing facilities are often not available in counties where emission testing is not required, the air quality administrators from the five emission-required counties have granted a limited emission test exemption.

If a vehicle is sold to a resident of Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, or Weber counties by a licensed Utah dealer whose place of business is located in a non-emission county, the dealer must:

The purchaser must:

  • Obtain an emission test certificate of compliance within 10 days of return to county of residence;
  • Provide a copy of Form TC-820, Exemption Affidavit for Utah Emission Testing to the local motor vehicle office with the application for plate, title and registration, and,
  • Send certificate of compliance and a copy of the TC-820 to the local Department of Health.

Vehicle/Hull Identification Number (VIN/HIN) Inspections

Inspections of identification numbers are required for all vehicles or vessels to be titled in Utah for the first time, unless the vehicle is new (MSO) and was acquired from an in-state dealer or in-state manufacturer. Safety inspection certificates are acceptable means of verification for your cars, trucks, and motorcycles providing that the VIN number is accurate on the safety inspection certificate.

Trailers, boats, off-highway vehicles, and snowmobiles require separate VIN or HIN inspections, which can be completed by a Utah peace officer or DMV employee. This inspection will be completed at any DMV office at no extra charge.