As many state residents know, Utah officially removed the requirement of a safety inspection in order to obtain your registration earlier this year in January 2018. Although drivers will still need to meet safety standards, many drivers are now free to file for vehicle registration without taking the test. With that being said, there are still special vehicles that must take the exam. Here is a list of those vehicles:
Buses/Vans for Hire
Vehicles w/ 3+ Axles
Salvaged Vehicles where owners request a rebuild title
Along with that, you may need to take the Smog & Emissions test if you fall within these counties:
Does your vehicle fall within that criteria? If so, don’t worry. The safety inspection and emissions test are a lot easier to pass if you understand how to prepare. Here are a few tips to ensure you pass!
When going through a car inspection, many stations will utilize an OBD II tool to inspect your vehicle. This tool can read the codes that the sensors in your vehicle send to the computer system. By reading these codes, the inspectors will easily determine if something is wrong with your vehicle, even if the check engine light is on. The best way to properly get rid of the light is to visit our shop and have one of our technicians handle the problems. Utilizing that same tool, our technicians can quickly determine what needs servicing and fix the issue so you increase your chances of passing the test.
The catalytic converter plays a huge part in whether or not you pass the smog and emissions test. This component is responsible for converting the harmful gases that are created by your vehicle into safe ones. Without it, gases such as carbon monoxide will be released into our atmosphere and harm the environment. If you notice you have a bad or broken catalytic converter, make sure you take care of it before having your vehicle inspected. If not, you’ll find yourself failing the test and having to request a retest.
For more information on the Utah State Inspection and its new requirements, please visit the DMV’s Utah Smog Check and Car Inspection page.