The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will debut a new emissions exemption pertaining to the North Carolina Inspection and Maintenance program on Wednesday, April 1.
In accordance with House Bill 585, the new state implementation will allow vehicles that are produced within three years of the current year and have less than 70,000 miles on the odometer, an exemption from obtaining an emissions inspection.
“Our most recent research showed that North Carolina could exempt newer vehicles from emissions tests without making our air unhealthy to breathe,” NCDENR Division of Air Quality Director Sheila Holman said.
A vehicles age is determined by its model year, which is prominently displayed on the owner’s valid registration and the automobile emissions control label located in the engine compartment. All vehicles are still subject to the annual safety inspection.