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for the Illinois Vehicle Emissions Testing Program

Waivers, Exemptions & Extensions

Waivers

Repair Waiver - Pursuant to the provisions set forth in the Illinois Vehicle Emissions Inspection Law of 2005 (625 ILCS 5/13C-30) and 35 Ill. Adm. Code 276.401 and 276.403, if your vehicle has been tested at least twice, has been repaired, and has failed to comply with emissions inspection standards, you may be eligible for a Repair Waiver.

To learn more about and/or apply for a Repair Waiver, click here.

Exemptions & Extensions

Pursuant to the provisions set forth in the Illinois Vehicle Emissions Inspection Law of 2005 (625 ILCS 5/13C) and regulations at 35 Ill. Adm. Code Part 276, some vehicles selected for testing may be eligible for an exemption or extension from the requirement to test or retest.

Exemptions

The eligibility criteria and type of exemption are based primarily on the use (and by whom) or location of the vehicle.

  • Out of Area Exemption When a vehicle is located and primarily used outside of the Illinois vehicle emissions testing area and is located in a state/county where vehicle emissions testing is not required, the owner may request an Out of Area Exemption by submitting this application. If the vehicle is located in a state/county where vehicle emissions testing is required, this exemption is not applicable. For a list of areas where emissions testing is required, click here. To learn more about and/or apply for an Out of Area Exemption, click here.
  • Out of State Compliance When a vehicle is located and primarily used outside of the Illinois vehicle emissions testing area and is located in a state/county where vehicle emissions testing is required, the owner may submit reciprocal compliance with the Out of State Compliance application. Proof of a passing emissions test from the state where the vehicle is located must be submitted with this application. For a list of areas where emissions testing is required, click here. To learn more about and/or apply for an Out of State Compliance, click here.
  • Sporting Activity Vehicle Exemption - A vehicle that is operated exclusively in organized amateur or professional sporting activities may apply for a Sporting Activity Vehicle Exemption. To learn more about and/or apply for a Sporting Activity Vehicle Exemption, click here.
  • Parade or Ceremonial Vehicle Exemption - A vehicle that is operated exclusively for parade or ceremonial purposes by a not-for-profit veterans, fraternal or civic organization may apply for a Parade or Ceremonial Vehicle Exemption. To learn more about and/or apply for a Parade or Ceremonial Vehicle Exemption, click here.

Extensions

  • Economic Hardship Extension - The owner of a vehicle that failed an emissions test and needs repairs that cannot be performed due to the owner’s/owners’ economic hardship, may apply for a one-year extension to allow additional time to get the vehicle repaired and either pass an emissions retest or receive a waiver. To learn more about and/or apply for an Economic Hardship Extension, click here.

If you have any questions, please call the Illinois Air Team at: 844.258.9071.