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DEQ Provides Additional Time for Vehicle Emissions Tests

April 2, 2020

Contact: Jim Jones


Air Check Virginia inspections align with extended DMV registrations

WOODBRIDGE, VA— Northern Virginia residents required to obtain a vehicle emissions inspection through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Air Check Virginia Program in order to renew their vehicle registration in March or April have an additional 60 days to do so. The additional time aligns emissions inspections with the 60-day extension for vehicle registrations expiring in March and April allowed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) due to COVID-19.

“Emissions inspection requirements are not waived, but are extended to assist people with social distancing,” said DEQ Northern Regional Office Director Tom Faha.
Air Check emissions inspection facilities, many of which are certified to repair emissions systems, may still be open, but please call them in advance to confirm their hours of operation. DEQ staff are available to answer questions during business hours of 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., but ask that you avoid in-person visits. Call (703) 583-3900 for assistance.

For general information about vehicle emissions inspections, registrations and the latest updates, visit DMV’s website (

Air Check Virginia is a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) program that helps keep our air and water clean by reducing emissions from motor vehicles in Northern Virginia. Motor vehicles are the single greatest source of toxic and smog-forming air pollution in the area, and Air Check ensures millions of vehicles’ emissions control systems are running correctly. Air Check requires emissions inspections once every two years for most vehicles in the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

For more information about Air Check Virginia, please visit



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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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