Diesel Emissions Requirements

Diesel Emissions Requirements

Test Locations

Several testing locations are available for diesel vehicles. Diesel vehicles are not tested at Air Care Colorado.

Exemptions

Diesel vehicles are exempt from an emissions test within the first four years of service. For example:

  • In 2016, all 2013-2016 model-year diesel vehicles are exempt from an emissions test.
  • In 2017, all 2014-2017 model-year diesel vehicles are exempt from an emissions test.

If an exempt vehicle tests for emissions anytime during the four-year exemption period, the four-year exemption period is invalid and the vehicle must be tested every two years.

Light-Duty Vehicles

Light-duty vehicles have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 14,000 pounds or less and must meet the following requirements:

  • 2004 and newer model-year vehicles require a diesel emissions test every other year.
  • 2003 and older model-year vehicles require a diesel emissions test every year.

Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Heavy-duty vehicles have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 14,001 pounds or more and must meet the following requirements:

  • Vehicles in their fifth through tenth year of service require a diesel emissions test every other year.
  • Vehicles in their eleventh year of service require a diesel emissions test every year.

Effective August 5, 2015 heavy-duty vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,000 pounds or more are exempt from emissions for the first 6 years. Six years is calculated by adding 6 years to the model year of the vehicle, for example a 2016 vehicle plus 6 years would require a test in 2022.

Registration Renewal

Diesel vehicles cannot be renewed online.

Obtain an emissions test if the statement “Emissions Test is Required” appears on the vehicle registration renewal notice.

  • Diesel emissions test results are not posted electronically to registration records.
  • Proof of the diesel emissions test must be submitted with payment.

Contact the Department of Revenue at 303-205-5603 for more diesel emissions information.

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