Effective April 1, 2019, drivers will no longer be required to get Drive Clean emissions tests for their passenger vehicles. Until then, your first Drive Clean emissions test to renew your registration for light duty vehicles (most cars, vans, SUVs and light trucks) will continue to be free.
The Light Duty Drive Clean program requires most passenger cars, vans, light trucks (under 4500 kilograms) and sport utility vehicles registered in the Drive Clean program area to be tested in order to renew the stickers on their licence plates. Light-duty vehicles that are 1988 model year and newer require testing every two years beginning in the fifth calendar year after their model year. Vehicles of the 1987 and older model years are exempt from testing. As a consumer protection measure, an emissions test is required for an ownership transfer for vehicles with a model year older than the current calendar year to help ensure that consumers do not unwittingly purchase a used vehicle with emissions problems. Vehicles of the 1987 and older model years are also exempt from this requirement.