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Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality , which closed its vehicle inspection stations on March 17 in an effort to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 among staff and customers, has extended those closures through at least June 15 for its Medford-Ashland location and June 16 for its Portland-Metro locations. Meanwhile, the agency continues to offer several options for obtaining an inspection compliance certificate.

DEQ's goal is always to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. As Jackson County moved into Phase 1 of its reopening in mid-May, DEQ adjusted its Medford-Ashland station plan in alignment with the new health and physical distancing guidelines. In addition, Columbia and Clackamas Counties recently began transitioning to Phase 1. As such, the approval of reopening plans and their implementation for stations in those counties are expected shortly, with the remaining Portland-Metro stations to follow. Additional updates will be available on DEQ’s Vehicle Inspection Station Closure Information pag… .

DEQ currently offers various alternatives to going to a vehicle inspection station. In late March, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced a partnership with Oregon law enforcement agencies to exercise discretion in the enforcement of driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and trip permits that expire during the COVID-19 emergency declared by Governor Brown. However, those customers still wishing to get their vehicles inspected and registered may visit the Vehicle Inspection Station Closure Information page linked in the previous paragraph.

Finally, a temporary fee increase approved on May 7 by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, DEQ’s policy and rulemaking board, goes into effect on June 1. The increase applies to compliance certificates required for vehicle registrations in the Portland-Metro and Medford-Ashland areas, as well as fees for Mobile On-Site Testing at auto dealerships. You may find more details here .

DEQ’s Vehicle Inspection Program helps ensure vehicles are properly maintained so emission control systems keep pollution levels within EPA’s allowable standards.

For specific questions concerning
• Vehicle inspections and fee increases, email VIPINFO@deq.state.or.us or call 503-229-5066.
• Vehicle registrations, contact Oregon DMV at 503-945-5000.


About The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality protects human health and the environment by controlling air and water pollution, reducing the impacts of manufactured products and cleaning up contaminated properties. DEQ engages the public in decision-making and helps communities solve problems in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

Media Contact:
Susan C. Mills, DEQ public affairs specialist, 503-956-9648, Mills.Susan@deq.state.or.us


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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality , which closed its vehicle inspection stations on March 17, has extended those closures through at least May 31, in an effort to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 among staff and customers.

The Vehicle Inspection Program helps ensure vehicles are properly maintained so emission control systems keep pollution levels within EPA’s allowable standards. In Oregon, a vehicle emissions test is required prior to DMV registration in the Portland-Metro and Medford-Ashland areas every other year.

In late March, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced a partnership with Oregon law enforcement agencies to exercise discretion in the enforcement of driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and trip permits that expire during the COVID-19 emergency declared by Governor Brown. However, those customers still wishing to get their vehicles inspected and registered may visit DEQ’s Vehicle Inspection Station Closure Information Dur… for more information on testing options.

DEQ's goal is to protect the health and safety of staff and customers. For specific questions concerning
• Vehicle inspections, email VIPINFO@deq.state.or.us or call 503-229-5066.
• Vehicle registrations, contact Oregon DMV at 503-945-5000.


About The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality protects human health and the environment by controlling air and water pollution, reducing the impacts of manufactured products and cleaning up contaminated properties. DEQ engages the public in decision-making and helps communities solve problems in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

Media Contact:
Susan C. Mills, DEQ public affairs specialist, 503-956-9648, Mills.Susan@deq.state.or.us


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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality , which closed its vehicle inspection stations on March 17, has extended those closures through at least May 17, in an effort to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 among staff and customers.

The Vehicle Inspection Program helps ensure vehicles are properly maintained so emission control systems keep pollution levels within EPA’s allowable standards. In Oregon, a vehicle emissions test is required prior to DMV registration in the Portland-Metro and Medford-Ashland areas every two years.

In late March, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced a partnership with Oregon law enforcement agencies to exercise discretion in the enforcement of driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and trip permits that expire during the COVID-19 emergency declared by Governor Brown. However, those customers still wishing to get their vehicles inspected and registered may visit DEQ’s Vehicle Inspection Station Closure Information page for more information.

DEQ's goal is to protect the health and safety of staff and customers. For specific questions concerning
• Vehicle inspections, email VIPINFO@deq.state.or.us or call 503-229-5066.
• Vehicle registrations, contact Oregon DMV at 503-945-5000.


About The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality protects human health and the environment by controlling air and water pollution, reducing the impacts of manufactured products and cleaning up contaminated properties. DEQ engages the public in decision-making and helps communities solve problems in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

Media Contact:
Susan C. Mills, DEQ public affairs specialist, 503-956-9648, Mills.Susan@deq.state.or.us

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Statewide, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is offering a quick and convenient way for vehicle owners in the Portland and Medford emission testing areas to renew their registrations and obtain an emissions certificate online.

DEQ this week began offering online emission test certification. Customers start by agreeing to the terms and conditions at https://ordeq.org/VIPonlinecert and then entering their vehicle identification number. The certificates are available for vehicle owners in the Portland and Medford testing areas who have registrations that expire this year between Feb. 15 and May 15.

Offering vehicle certification online will make it easy for vehicle owners to stay current in their registration even while DEQ Vehicle Inspection Program testing stations are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. DEQ closed the six Portland stations and one Medford station on March 17 and initially targeted April 14 as the reopening date. It has now extended the closure until at least April 27 and will continue to assess the latest information from state and federal health authorities in deciding when to reopen.

Vehicle Inspection Program customers, who get certificates online now still must have their vehicles tested, but will have until the end of the year to do so. This is an option for drivers who want to have their vehicle registrations renewed now, and who may want to avoid lines that may occur when the stations reopen. Some DEQ Too stations also remain open, but drivers should call to verify hours of operation. DEQ Too stations are approved private repair service centers, oil change shops and car washes that can test vehicles, generally for an additional fee. For more information go to deqtoo.org .

The DEQ Vehicle Inspection Program each year tests about 700,000 vehicles and issues over 350,000 vehicle registration renewal tags.

Customers with questions may call the DEQ Vehicle Inspection Program at 503-229-5066 or email vipinfo@deq.state.or.us. For more information about vehicle registration, call Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services at 503-945-5000 or go to oregon.gov/odot/DMV/Pages/Vehicle/Registration.asp… .

About the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality protects human health and the environment by controlling air and water pollution, reducing the impacts of manufactured products and cleaning up contaminated properties. DEQ engages the public in decision-making and helps communities solve problems in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

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Dylan Darling, DEQ public affairs specialist
541-686-7997, darling.dylan@deq.state.or.us

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