State expands hours for vehicle emissions test stations

July 3, 2012

By Staff

State emissions test stations plan to offer expanded hours starting July 5.

The increase in hours is meant to increase the ease for motorists in need of emissions tests. The expanded hours are:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays

Owners in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clark and Spokane counties must undergo the tests to limit air pollution in densely populated areas.

In order to make sure testing is done in a timely manner, vehicle owners should not wait until too close to their license tabs’ expiration deadline.

The vehicle could fail the emissions test because it needs repairs or because the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system has not had enough time to monitor the vehicle’s emissions controls.

Each emissions test is valid for a year, so vehicle owners may test in advance of license tab expiration dates. Owners do not need a renewal notice in order to undergo the test.

Vehicles between 5 and 25 years old require testing every other year. For motorists new to Washington, or for licenses expiring in 2012, even model year vehicles 1988 through 1994 and odd model year vehicles 1997 through 2007 need to test before licensing.

A test is also required to transfer the registered ownership for 1988 through 2007 model year vehicles unless it has been tested within the past year.

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