IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Beginning January 1, 2020, the Ohio E-Check program will be conducted exclusively through the use of the OBD II test and the tailpipe method of testing will be discontinued.
The Ohio E-Check Program currently includes two inspection procedures. Depending on the model year, each vehicle is currently subjected to either:
1) A Tailpipe Emission Test (for 1995 and older vehicles); or
2) An Inspection of its On-Board Diagnostic II (OBD II) system, which independently monitors the performance of the vehicle's emission control systems and related components.
The OBD II testing method allows for a more efficient and less costly testing program and requires less time for the motorist.
Ohio's vehicle test program requires emission testing for vehicles from 4 through 25 years old. The tailpipe emissions test was necessary because only vehicles manufactured in 1996 and later were required to be equipped with a standardized OBD system for emissions testing purposes. In 2020, the vehicles from model year 1996 through 2016 will be tested. Because vehicles manufactured prior to 1996 are no longer subject to emissions testing, tailpipe testing is no longer needed, and will be discontinued on January 1, 2020.
IMPORTANT: You need to determine which testing station to take your vehicle based on the model year of your vehicle. Please reference the key on the station location page.
78 Stations to Serve You
With ChoicePlus, you now have 78 convenient neighborhood stations to serve you. To find the correct station closest to you, use our station finder to the right. You can search by city or zip code. For each location, you will find important information that applies to that particular testing site, as well as information about the vehicles that can be tested there. You also will find hours of operation, the address and a link to a map with driving directions from your location. If you need further assistance, call 1-800-CAR-TEST. For a list of locations, Click here.
IMPORTANT! IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO TEST YOUR VEHICLE IN THE SAME COUNTY THAT IT IS REGISTERED.
How Do Self-Service Kiosks Work?
Get an E-Check at your convenience with one of our 16 self-service kiosks. These easy-to-use kiosks walk you through the simple step-by-step process of testing your own vehicle. Once testing is complete, the kiosk will print a vehicle inspection report that can be used for vehicle registration or plate transfer. Click here to learn more and to see a list of kiosk locations that are open.
How Does RapidScreen Work?
The new RapidScreen vans travel throughout Northeast Ohio and can scan your car as you drive by to diagnose your exhaust system. If your vehicle is really clean and has passed RapidScreen's emissions qualifications, you'll receive a notification in the mail. This is available for about 5% of vehicles that are really clean. For the few vehicles that pass this, they will not be required to go to an emissions testing facility. Learn More
Did you know that you can get your vehicle tested up to 365 days prior to the registration renewal date? Vehicles that should test well ahead of their registration expiration date are:
- Those who winter outside of Ohio. Test before leaving for the winter season.
- College students attending a school in Ohio that is not located in a testing county.
- Vehicles that may need repairs or have a Service Engine Soon light on. Test early to allow plenty of time for repairs before your registration is due.
NEW: FIND A VEHICLE’S EMISSIONS TESTING HISTORY
Motorists can now check a vehicle’s history of all E-Check tests for which there is electronic data available. To retrieve your vehicle’s history, you will need your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) located on your registration or title.
This feature will allow you to check a vehicle’s test history. If you are thinking of purchasing a vehicle, this can be valuable information.
In the case of failed tests, you may see the diagnostic trouble codes for which it failed. Do not call Ohio EPA or Ohio E-Check and ask for an explanation of the codes because we do not have the staff and are not trained to provide that information. You can go to a mechanic and/or try these links:
TO FIND YOUR VEHICLE’S EMISSIONS TESTING HISTORY – CLICK THE BOX TO THE RIGHT. (VIEW VEHICLE TEST HISTORY)
You must have the VIN to access this data.
For help or further information contact 1-800-CAR-TEST. e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
E-Check At A Glance
E-Check is a vital part of Ohio’s comprehensive air quality plan to reduce motor vehicle pollutants and enrich the quality of life for the region’s residents.
Why E-Check Works:
Motor vehicles are the single greatest source of smog-causing pollution in Northeast Ohio—greater than all of Ohio’s steel mills, chemical and power plants combined.
E-Check removes more than 74 tons of harmful vehicle emissions from the region’s air every single day—helping improve air quality, protect public health, safeguard the environment and support economic growth.
Air pollutants from motor vehicles are linked to serious health problems including asthma, cancer and heart and lung disease. Children, seniors and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable.
Changing the current E-Check system to dilute or eliminate its effectiveness would jeopardize the health of our environment, citizens and economy. Without the air quality benefits of E-Check, the harm to our air would be the equivalent of adding 400,000 cars to our roadways, or 15 new factories.
If Ohio does not comply with increasingly demanding federal Clean Air Act mandates, we risk severe penalties including limits on construction grants, industrial expansion, job growth and the elimination of millions in federal highway funds.
For more information about the Ohio E-Check Program, visit the links below: