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Emission TESTING

Emissions testing is required of motor vehicles that are registered or commuting anywhere in Bernalillo County. This also includes New Mexico residents going to and from Albuquerque daily.

  • New Mexico emissions tests must be performed on all Bernalillo County vehicles 35 years old and newer.
  • All diesel vehicles are exempt from emissions testing.
  • Vehicles weighing more than 10,000 lbs do not require an emissions test.
  • Any vehicle (including gas-electric hybrid vehicles) must pass an emissions test every two years, or any time the vehicle’s ownership changes, even if the emissions inspection sticker has not yet expired.
  • Motorcycles, ATV’s, boats, and scooters do not require an emissions test.

New Mexico Vehicle Emissions Testing Includes The Following Procedures:

  • Pollution control equipment check that includes the catalytic converter and other connections.
  • On-Board Diagnostic (OBDII) computer car emission test on vehicles 1996 and newer.
  • Any visible car smoke test to uncover burning oil or poor fuel combustion that results in toxic emissions.
  • Gas cap check to search for vapor leaks.
  • Tailpipe exhaustion analysis on vehicles manufactured between 1983 and 1995.

Emissions testing checks the air care database for city regulated and required compliance. The air care database is administered and maintained by Albuquerque Air Care. If a failure or expiration notification from the air care database is returned, customers will be told to get their vehicle repaired and retested. If the vehicle passes emissions, the customer will be allowed to continue the transaction.

In case of Emissions Test failure:

If emission test fails, you have the option to get an extension through the Vehicle Pollution Management Program at 1500 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87102. Their contact information is telephone number is 505-764-1110 and email is www.cabq.gov/aircare. There will also be instructions on the back of the failed test on how to apply for a time extension.

Get emissions tested at MVDNOW Xpress Emissions OR at a ValvolineTM location below

Xpress Emissions:
901 Eubank Blvd

(505) 323-6683
901 Eubank NE,
Albuquerque NM 87112
Mon-Fri 8am – 6pm
Sat 9am – 3pm

5223 San Mateo Blvd NE

(505) 883-9090
5223 San Mateo Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Mon-Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm

6417 Menaul Blvd NE

(505) 888-0000
6417 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Mon-Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm

5801 Coors Blvd NW

5801 Coors Blvd NW,
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Mon-Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm

9501 Golf Course Rd NW

(505) 899-4171
9501 Golf Course Rd NW,
Albuquerque, NM 87114

Mon-Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm

9801 Montgomery Blvd NE

(505) 298-0002
9801 Montgomery Blvd NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87111

Mon-Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm

1101 Juan Tabo Blvd NE

(505) 275-2020
1101 Juan Tabo Blvd NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87112

Mon-Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm

13440 Wenonah Ave SE

(505) 332-4275
13440 Wenonah Ave SE,
Albuquerque, NM 87123

Mon-Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm

7849 Tramway Blvd

(505) 856-0048
7849 Tramway Blvd,
Albuquerque, NM 87122

Mon-Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm