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 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.
Option 2 - 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.
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.
To find out more about Waivers, click here.