What is a waiver?
When a vehicle has failed at least one emissions test and the owner has made efforts to have that vehicle repaired, a waiver may be issued at one of the 23 Full-Service E-Check testing facilities. See below for the types of waiver options. The motorist must bring all original emissions-related repair receipts, as well as the vehicle, to the full-service station in order for a waiver to be issued. Repairs may be performed at any legitimate repair facility or by the vehicle owner. In the case of self-repairs, only receipts for parts will count toward a waiver. An owner may not submit receipts for her/his own labor. Tampering-related repairs do not count toward either waiver option. Note: Waivers are not transferable to the new owner if the vehicle is sold. Warranty repairs do not apply to the waiver limit requirements.
Option 1 - Applies to the Tailpipe Test Only:
CONDITIONAL PASS WAIVERS are issued after the initial tailpipe test. To qualify for this waiver, the vehicle must be a 1995 or older model year and must show:
a) at least a 30 percent improvement from the initial emissions readings for which the vehicle failed without causing initially passed readings to exceed state standards; AND
b) eligible receipts for emissions-related repairs totaling at least $200. Tampering-related repairs do not count towards this option. Receipts will only be accepted for repairs performed after the initial inspection and/or within 60 days prior to the initial inspection.
The above type of waiver applies only to vehicles tested via the tailpipe test that are 1995 and older.
Option 2 - Applies to Both OBD II and Tailpipe Tests:
REPAIR CAP WAIVERS are issued to motorists when they have spent $300 or more toward emissions-related repairs on a vehicle and still do not pass. In the case of the tailpipe test, this waiver does not require any improvements in the pollutant(s) for which the vehicle failed. Tampering-related repairs do not count toward this option. Receipts will only be accepted for repairs performed after the initial inspection and/or within 60 days prior to the initial inspection.
Waivers are issued at the 23 Full-Service Ohio E-Check Stations. For the Full-Service E-Check station nearest you, contact 1-800-CAR-TEST or click here.
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