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The fee for an automobile’s annual emissions inspection is $30. How much does the shop administering the test get to keep?

Jim Ware
StarNews

Here’s what the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has to say about emissions inspection fees:

“If you live in an Emissions County, the total cost of an emissions inspection can range from $6.25 to $30.00.”

“The Inspection fee/Station Labor fee, which may range from $0 – $23.75, is the actual fee for performing the inspection regardless of whether your vehicle passes inspection or not.”

For more information about inspections and fees, visit the N.C. DMV website.

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One Response to “ The fee for an automobile’s annual emissions inspection is $30. How much does the shop administering the test get to keep?”

  1. On August 13, 2010 at 10:43 am Ozzie wrote:

    The state charges $6.25 for the “sticker” The shop may charge up to $23.75 for performing the test. This is on vehicles 1996 and newer. Older vehicles are charged $13.60 for a safety only inspection, broken down into $.85 for the “sticker” and up to $12.75 for the test itself. The test will be paid for irregardless of a pass or fail. You get one “free” re-inspection if you fail, administered at the shop of the original test only. If you pass, you pay the balance up to the limit for that particular test If you fail a second time, the shop can charge you for the 3rd test-some do, some don’t. You have 60 days in which to make the repair and return for the “free” re-inspection. This does not extend your time on the current inspection however. Vehicles over 35 years old are exempt from any test. Vehicles of any age (except those over 35 years old) that are tagged(on the vehicle decal-not the registration) as being over 8000lb GVW are inspected as safety only irregardless of year.
    You may inspect your vehicle up to 90 days prior to the due date without losing any time on the new inspection. The state will refuse to allow an inspection of a vehicle prior to the 90 day window. Your inspection is now tied into your registration. If ownership of the vehicle is transferred or the vehicle is re-tagged for some reason, a new inspection must be performed. You cannot renew your tag unless the inspection has been performed and the vehicle has passed.



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