AZ Emissions Testing Cost

Metro Phoenix:

  • 1981 and newer cars and most light trucks (under 8501 lbs.): $27.75
  • Most other vehicles (except heavy duty diesels): $19.00
  • Heavy-duty diesel vehicles (greater than 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight): $28.00

Metro Tucson:

  • All vehicles: $12.25

Payment Method:

  • Credit/Debit cards (Visa or MasterCard only) may now be used for vehicle emission inspection.
  • Cash and personal checks are accepted at inspection stations.

Checks must be:

  • Drawn on an Arizona bank or branch
  • Imprinted with customer’s name and physical Arizona address (no P.O. Boxes)
  • Payable to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • No third party checks
  • Provide valid driver’s license, bank guarantee card or other photo ID when paying with check
  • No refunds

You should always ensure you actually need to get your vehicle tested before actually going. If your registration renewal notice included the words “Emissions Test Required”, then you are required to get your emissions tested.

AZ emissions testing locations and hours

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You should know that all AZ emission testing locations have the same hours, and are open all week excluding Sunday.

All inspection stations are open:
Mon – Fri 8am – 7pm / Sat 8am – 5pm

Tip: Testing is faster mid-week,
mid-month, weekdays from 5-7pm
and on Saturday afternoons.

Closed: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving,
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

You can see a webcam of the location you are considering to help you determine if there is a long wait.

Motorcycle Emissions Testing in Phoenix

Emissions testing of motorcycles is not required in Arizona. This is fantastic news for motorcycle riders! As of June 21, 2013 motorcycles are no longer required to receive emissions testing (in Metro Phoenix). Tucson residents haven’t needed to get emissions testing since 2007. That means motorcycles statewide are exempt from emissions tests. Hooray!

If you want to verify this yourself, or want further information you can contact the motor vehicle division at 602-255-0072 or ADEQ at 602-771-3954 or read it here yourself.

Motorcycle Exemption Law: Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 49-542(J)(2)(l) exempts motorcycles from the emissions test. The law became effective in Tucson in 2007 and in Phoenix on June 21, 2013.

Did you know that you can see any vehicles test history? To do so, you’ll need the VIN for any car that has previously been tested. Enter that code on this web page and you’ll be shown the test history. Did you know, the state also has a web site where you can enter a VIN to see if that car is reported stolen.

Find out wait times: Lastly, if you are still needing to get a vehicle emissions tested. You can find the wait times at emissions testing locations online. You can even see webcams from each location to get an idea of the number of cars ahead of you.

Apache Junction now has its own vehicle emission testing facility

This location performs smog emissions inspections on eligible vehicles registered in Maricopa County. It is located just north of Baseline Rd. and just east of Winchester Rd.

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Station – Apache Junction
565 E 38th Ave
Apache Junction, AZ 85119-7305

(Click here for a map)

This location is not as large as some of the car emission testing locations in Phoenix, but it does have three dedicated lanes. For this reason, you should avoid busy times (see our other pages on this web site for additional details). Wait times can be long.

Officials estimate this location can handle 80,000 vehicle inspections per year.

If you are in Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Gold Canyon, or Eloy this emissions testing location might be the closest to your home. The opening was on January 2, 2009.

Are you looking for a more complete list of locations? Check out this list of Phoenix Emissions Testing Locations to begin.

Scottsdale Emissions Testing Locations

The best location in Scottsdale is in the Scottsdale Airpark on Evans.

8448 E. Evans
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

This location has the same hours as the other locations, which are Monday – Friday from 8am – 7pm, and Saturday from 8am – 5pm.

Emission testing is often faster mid-week, and in the middle-of-the-month., as well as weekdays after work from 5-7pm. Believe it or not, you can also usually get in and out quickly on Saturday afternoons.

Closed: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving,
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Pretty much what you would expect.