New vehicles and vehicles driven less than 5,000 miles per year may be exempt from emission inspection requirements.
Dealers in the 42 non-emission counties have recently questioned the procedure for issuing a 1 year new vehicle emission exemption when selling to a customer that resides in one of the 25 emission regulated counties.
Prior to October 9, 2012, a dealer in a non-emission county could sell a new vehicle to a customer who resided in an emission county and provide the customer with a completed form that the driver would carry for one year as proof of new vehicle emission exemption. This information would be submitted through PAA to PennDOT’s emission program provider.
Since October 9, 2012, the procedure has changed and the form is no longer permissible proof of new vehicle emission exemption.
Customers who purchase a vehicle in one of the 42 non-emission counties but reside in one of the 25 emission regulated counties have 10 days after purchase of a vehicle to display on the vehicle a valid emission sticker bearing an “EXEMPT” sticker, which will remain on the vehicle for the first year.
The vehicle may be issued a new car exemption (if it qualifies) at any emission station in Pennsylvania – new car dealer or independent – and receive an “EXEMPT” sticker by having the station access the New Car Exempt screen.
Vehicles driven less than 5,000 miles per year or 365 days owned by the same individual may also qualify for an exemption and be issued an “EXEMPT” sticker.
Courtesy of PAA Bulletin No. 9, 2018