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Old 01-08-2015, 09:21 PM   #1
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Washington State emissions?

Hey everyone. So I'm hoping to move back up to Washington from Texas and was wondering if there are counties in WA that don't require emissions testing. My Camaro won't pass and I want to make sure Im still OK with it there. I was stationed at JBLM before I was injured but never was able to get into the car scene while I was up there. Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:34 PM   #2
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I know king county has emissions. Whatcom county does not. Others might chime in.
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:29 AM   #3
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I live in Kitsap and have had no problems. I highly doubt I would pass emissions if they tested me. I have been all over the Puget Sound area and have never been bothered, but I do most of my driving in Kitsap County.
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:42 AM   #4
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Pierce County also has emissions testing. I believe its every two years.
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:04 PM   #5
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Pierce County also has emissions testing. I believe its every two years.
Unless you live on the Key Peninsula. We are not required to do emissions testing. All depends on your zip code.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help guys. I lived in Pierce and remembered having to have emissions tests but hear some other counties didn't need it which will be awesome. My Camaro has actually influenced our house hunt. We are looking now at Thurston county since Pierce has the testing.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:01 PM   #7
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2009 and later cars don't require emission tests in Washington. I haven't had to test mine yet. http://www.emissiontestwa.com/E/faq.aspx#3http://www.emissiontestwa.com/E/faq.aspx#3
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:19 PM   #8
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http://www.emissiontestwa.com/e/ZipC...ip_codes07.pdf

The requirement is by zip code. For example, there are places in King County that do not require emissions testing.

The link is from the WA DOL website (dol.wa.gov) to the contract agency that manages the testing on behalf of the state (Applus+ Technologies).
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Old 01-10-2015, 12:07 AM   #9
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No emissions in Island or Skagit counties.
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Old 01-10-2015, 02:39 PM   #10
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Thank you. This is really helping with my search.
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:21 PM   #11
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Ive been doing some reading and it looks to me that they are looking to faze out emissions tested and being that my Camaro is a 2012 it won't need to be tested. Is this true?
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I lived in Clallam County for 3 years, never had to do emission testing.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:00 PM   #13
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Ive been doing some reading and it looks to me that they are looking to faze out emissions tested and being that my Camaro is a 2012 it won't need to be tested. Is this true?
Which vehicles need an emission test?
From the Washington State's Emissions testing web site FAQS

Calendar Year
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License Expires

Vehicle Model Year 2015 - 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 2016 - 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 2017 - 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008

A test is also required to transfer the registered ownership between private parties for the vehicles listed above unless the vehicle has been tested within the last 365 days. A test is not required to transfer the registered ownership between parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, spouses, legal domestic partners, or present co-owners or to change the legal owner.

The following vehicles never need emission tests:
  • Motorcycles
  • 2009 and newer models
  • Toyota Prius and Honda Insight
  • All diesel powered passenger vehicles weighing less than 6,001 pounds
  • All diesel vehicles model year 2007 and newer, regardless of weight.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:29 PM   #14
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Thanks Cam. That is some of the best news Ive had in awhile LOL. Hopefully we can get moved back up there soon.
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Old 01-13-2015, 06:41 PM   #15
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Hopefully we can move to Pierce county. Hows the car scene there?
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:16 AM   #16
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No testing for me. I live in Renton, but have bought tabs in Kirkland, and they don't require 09+ cars, and trucks to do emissions testing. When I have had to do emissions testing, they seem to be pretty lenient. I've heard Bellevue emissions testing facility is very lenient, I mean helpful; )
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:01 AM   #17
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As long as it's not throwing codes, it will pass. They don't do exhaust sniffing anymore.
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Old 01-29-2015, 03:41 PM   #18
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As long as it's not throwing codes, it will pass. They don't do exhaust sniffing anymore.
Depends on the vehicle. I have a 2001 GMC 2500 HD and they sniff it. Vehicles prior to 96 are also sniffed.
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They never sniffed my '98 Dakota 5.2, and it has a Magnaflow muffler and offroad pipes. I used the o2 defouler trick so the computer doesn't throw codes, and that's all they've ever checked for.
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