If your vehicle has passed the safety portion of the inspection but failed for emissions and you have tried to make the necessary emissions control repairs, but your vehicle still doesn't pass the emissions test, you may apply for a waiver through the DMV. Waivers shall be effective until the vehicle is next due for emissions inspection.
Three types of waivers available are as follows:
DMV may issue a waiver certificate without the vehicle meeting the emission standards if, after failing an inspection and subsequent re-inspection for emissions at the Final Standards, the vehicle undergoes a complete, documented physical and functional diagnosis and inspection, conducted by the Department, which shows:
If you believe you are eligible, you may apply for a Diagnostic Waiver at the DMV by calling 401-462-5890.
If you spend at least $700 to repair an emissions problem and your vehicle still fails its inspection, you may apply for a Cost Limit Waiver at the DMV by calling 401-462-5890. The $700 minimum includes parts and includes repair labor only if the technician who did the work is a Certified Inspection Repair Technician (CIRT).
Please remember that when a CIRT performs repairs, the cost of both parts and labor will count toward the Cost Limit Waiver. If the repairs are performed by anyone who is not a CIRT, only the cost of the parts will count towards the waiver.
The following waiver requirements and conditions apply:
If you believe you are eligible, you may apply for a Repair Cost Limit Waiver at the DMV by calling 401-462-5890.
A time delay to repair a vehicle which fails an emission inspection of one test cycle may be granted to owners who qualify under low income guidelines as established by the DMV.
If you believe you are eligible, you may apply for a Repair Time Delay Waiver at the DMV by calling 401-462-5890.