What happens if you fail an emissions test twice?

I drive an older vehicle and it failed its last emissions test. I’m worried it will fail again, even though I’ve made repairs. What happens if you fail an emissions test twice?

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Answer provided by
Bonnie Stinson
Answered on May 11, 2022
If you fail an emissions test twice, you’ll either receive a waiver or you won’t be able to renew your registration—it depends on the state.
You’ve already given yourself the best chance possible to pass emissions by performing repairs after your first test failure. But it’s always possible that your vehicle will fail for a second time.
In some states, you can receive a waiver to prove that you have spent a certain amount of money on inspecting and repairing the vehicle after a previous failed test. A Certified Emissions Repair Technician must have made the repairs.
Not all states offer the waiver benefit, so call your local DMV to learn more.
The good news is that you’ve done everything within your control. Meanwhile, just focus on driving safely and maintaining your vehicle to the best of your ability.
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