Exemptions from Testing
New Vehicle Exemption
In Arizona, almost all vehicles that fall within the most recent five model years are exempt from emissions testing. If you have a reconstructed and special constructed vehicle, this does not apply and you will still require an emissions test.
Vehicles Registered Outside of the Vehicle Emissions Control Areas (metro Phoenix and Tucson) in Partially Exempt Zip Codes
The Motor Vehicle Division exempts most vehicles registered outside the vehicle emissions control area based on the residence zip code. However, the zip codes listed below are considered partial, meaning parts of the area require emissions while other areas within the zip code are exempt.
Partial Zip Codes in the Vehicle Emissions Control Areas:
- Phoenix Metro Area - Area A:
85218/85118, 85226, 85232/85132, 85239/85139, 85242/85142, 85243/85143, 85244, 85262, 85263, 85290/85190, 85322, 85326, 85332, 85337, 85339, 85342, 85354, 85390
(Zip Codes separated by a slash (/) are in the process of being changed by the U.S. Postal Service)
- Tucson Metro Area - Area B:
85629, 85641, 85653, 85654, 85658, 85735, 85736, 85739, 85743, 85746, 85747
Vehicle owners who reside in a partial zip code will be identified with "Emissions Test Required" on their vehicle registration renewal form.
Those vehicles may be granted an Out of Area Exemption if they are registered in that partial zip code and out of the emission control area boundary. However, if the vehicle is used to commute into the emissions test boundary (area A or area B) for employment or school, state law requires that the vehicle be tested.
Note: This information is not targeted to just Maricopa and Pima Counties, but also parts of Pinal and Yavapai.
To verify this information, use our VEI Address Locator.
Complete the Emissions Exemption Form and submit to ADEQ or MVD with the following:
- Photocopy of current vehicle registration for each vehicle
- Photocopy of a current utility bill in the name of the applicant, identifying the physical address of applicant's residence
- Photocopy of the property owner's tax evaluation notice listing the township, range and section of residence. If you do not own the property, we will require a lease/rental agreement.
Vehicles Out of State at Test Time
If your vehicle is out of state 90 days before your registration expires, you must do one of the following:
- If your vehicle is in an area that has an inspection program:
You must have the vehicle tested there and submit a passing vehicle inspection report (not a copy) to the appropriate address listed below. Include the report, a $9.50 check or money order (checks must be payable to ADEQ and have the imprinted name and physical in-state address of the customer; no post office boxes), a copy of the Arizona registration and a self-addressed stamped envelope.
An out-of-state exemption will be sent to you, which you must mail to the Motor Vehicle Division along with your registration renewal paperwork.
- If your vehicle is in an area that does not have an inspection program:
To receive an out-of-state exemption, you must complete an out-of-state exemption application form. After you complete the form, send to the appropriate address listed below. Include a $9.50 check or money order (checks must be payable to ADEQ and have the imprinted name and physical in-state address of the customer; no post office boxes) and a self-addressed stamped envelope | Download out-of-state exemption application form >
When approved, an out-of-state exemption will be sent to you, which must be mailed to the Motor Vehicle Division of Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), along with your registration renewal paperwork.
Note: Out-of-state exemptions are valid for one to two years, depending on whether the vehicle had emissions inspected and/or what type of test was conducted.
If your vehicle is registered in the Phoenix area, mail any above listed documents to:
Vehicle Emissions Control Section (VECS)
1110 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
If registered in the Tucson area, mail any above listed documents to:
Vehicle Emissions Control Section (VECS)
4040 E. 29th Street
Tucson, AZ 85711
Military Out of State Exemption
If you are active duty military, stationed outside of Arizona, you may qualify for a military out of state exemption. This exemption is for vehicles that will not be in use. If the vehicle is to be driven by someone else, use the regular Out of State exemption.
To apply, you must complete and sign the application form and obtain your Commanding Officer's signature. Application must be made within 90 days prior to expiration of the current vehicle registration. Download a copy of the form here.