Vehicle Inspection

Those who are new to Oregon may have questions about DEQ’s Vehicle Inspection Program. Vehicles registered in the Portland Metro and Medford/Ashland area are required to pass an emissions test in order to register a vehicle. Then, the vehicle must be tested again every two years before the registration can be renewed.
 
No, you do not need to bring any paperwork in order to have your vehicle tested. All you need to bring is the vehicle itself.
Fee information can be found by following the below links.
 
We have six stations in the Portland Metro area and one in the Medford/Ashland area. You can find the station closest to you by clicking on the below links.
 
Note: Vehicles new to the state are not eligible to use the DEQ Too program.
 
No, you do not need an appointment. Testing is first come, first served.
Testing takes between five and eight minutes per vehicle.
 
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays are generally the busiest days of the week.
  • Lines are often shorter on Thursdays, Fridays and mid-month.
You can see which vehicles must be test in the Portland and the Medford areas. To find out if your vehicle falls within a testing area, visit our Inspection Boundary Lookup.
We do not inspect for functioning taillights or blinkers. We only test for emissions compliance.
We can only perform a VIN inspection in addition to an emissions test. Motorcycles, off-road vehicles, trailers and any other vehicles not required to have an emissions test will need to have VIN inspections performed at the DMV.
We ask that you leave your pets at home. If you do bring your pet, you will need to secure it by a leash and remove it from the vehicle. Otherwise, you may kennel/cage it during the testing process.
In most instances, you will be asked to exit the vehicle during the testing process. 
We ask that children are not left unattended in the vehicle.
The type of test your vehicle needs depends on a number of factors. Generally speaking, 1995 and older vehicles receive a tailpipe test, while 1996 and newer vehicles receive a computerized test known as an On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) test. For more information, visit our test methods page.

Contact

For questions or feedback on the Vehicle Inspection Program, visit our Questions and Comments page, or call one of our area contact numbers below:

  • Portland Area: 503-229-5066
  • Medford Area: 541-776-6145
  • Toll-Free in Oregon: 877-476-0583
  • Hearing Impaired: 711