Vehicles must now pass an emissions test or otherwise comply with the Illinois Vehicle Emissions Inspection Law of 2005 (625 ILCS 5/13C) (“Inspection Law”) before the vehicle’ registration (license plates) can be renewed. Previously, the program was enforced through the suspension of drivers’ licenses and vehicles' registration.
The Illinois EPA will send one notice to the owners of vehicles due for testing. A yellow notice will be mailed about four months prior to the expiration of the vehicle's license plates, thereby allowing sufficient time to test the vehicle and, if necessary, perform repairs.
The Secretary of State’ office will now include a statement on vehicle registration renewal notices as to whether compliance with the Inspection Law is required before a vehicle's registration can be renewed.
If you have any questions, please call the Illinois EPA at (847) 758-3400 or (800) 635-2380.
We urge you to have your vehicle tested as soon as possible after receiving the test notice to allow sufficient time to test the vehicle, and when necessary, perform repairs.
The Illinois Secretary of State has an online tool to determine whether a vehicle is due for emissions testing.
Yes, under normal circumstances. However, we recommend that you bring your test notice with you to the test station to allow for the most efficient processing of your vehicle.
If you received a yellow test notice for a vehicle you no longer own, you may disregard it. Note: you will not be able to renew your license plates for this vehicle.
Contact the Secretary of State's Office, License Correction Section, Room 624, Michael J. Howlett Building, Springfield, Illinois 62756. You may also call the Secretary of State's office at 312-793-1010 or 217-785-3000.
Visit a Secretary of State facility to apply for a corrected title and registration. The location of the nearest Secretary of State facility that can handle this transaction can be found online or by phone at 312-793-1010 or 217-785-3000. The owner whose name is being removed will have to correctly assign the title and submit a statement clearly indicating he or she is releasing their interest in the license.
Testing is based on the registration address. If the address on the test notice is correct, please contact the Illinois EPA at 800-635-2380.
If the address on the test notice is incorrect, please verify the address on your registration and if necessary contact the Secretary of State at 1-800-252-8980 to correct the problem.
State law requires that you notify the Secretary of State within 10 days of any change of address. As a convenience, change of address forms are available online or at test stations.
You may discard your test notice after your vehicle has passed the emissions test or received a waiver for this test cycle. However, until you have renewed your license plates please retain your Vehicle Inspection Report which may be used as proof of compliance for renewing your license plates at full-service Secretary of State facilities.
No, a record of the compliance is automatically recorded on the Illinois EPA database and transmitted to the Secretary of State.
If you have any other questions, please visit the Customer Service Representative at any of the vehicle emissions testing stations, call the Illinois EPA at 800-635-2380, or check this website for updates.