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Emissions Requirements

All motor vehicles that are more than four years old and are driven into, operated, or are otherwise present in Bernalillo county for 60 or more days per year but are registered in another county or state shall comply.

All 1980 and newer motor vehicles up to 10,000 lbs GVW must pass an emission test every two years and at change of ownership.

Beginning January 1, 2013 all 1998 and newer diesel motor vehicles must pass emissions.

Exempt vehicles:

Vehicles that do not need to have an air care certificate.

  1. all new motor vehicles for four years following initial registration from the date of the manufacturer's certificate of origin (MCO);
  2. vehicles that are fueled by a mixture of gasoline and oil for purposes of lubrication;
  3. motor vehicles that are used for legally sanctioned competition and not operated on public streets and highways;
  4. implements of husbandry, or road machinery not regularly operated on public streets and highways;
  5. other vehicles that are not regularly operated on public streets and highways after providing satisfactory proof to the program manager;
  6. vehicles leased by a leasing company whose place of business is Bernalillo county to a person who resides outside of Bernalillo county; however, an exemption shall not be granted if the person resides in an area, that has an EPA-required vehicle inspection program;
  7. vehicles that are 35 years old or older;
  8. vehicles sold between licensed dealers;
  9. vehicles with a GVW of 10,001 lbs or more; and
  10. dedicated electric vehicles;
  11. existing electric hybrid vehicles which were exempted from 20.11.100 NMAC as of the effective date of NMAC, until such time that a change of ownership of the vehicle occurred

If you live in any of the following Bernalillo County zip codes, emission inspections are mandatory for registering vehicles in New Mexico:

87008 87105 87113 87122 87176 87193
87022 87106 87114 87123 87181 87194
87047 87107 87115 87125 87184 87195
87059 87108 87116 87131 87185 87196
87101 87109 87117 87151 87187 87197
87102 87110 87119 87153 87190 87198
87103 87111 87120 87154 87191 87199
87104 87112 87121 87158 87192  


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