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Statewide, OR—Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 's policy and rulemaking board, today approved temporary fee increases for inspection compliance certificates required for vehicle registrations in the Portland and Medford-Ashland areas, as well as fees for Mobile On-Site Testing at auto dealerships.

DEQ has been working with the Commission, stakeholders and the Oregon State Legislature to examine and adjust fees for the Vehicle Inspection Program for the last 18 months and the Commission originally confirmed the new rule in its November 2019 meeting . These are the first fee increases undertaken since 1997 and will go into effect as of June 1.

Most compliance certificates have been put on hold since March 17 when vehicle inspection stations closed to alleviate the risk of spreading COVID-19 among staff and customers. The closures have additionally affected DEQ’s budget, further reinforcing the need for an increase.

“We appreciate the Commission’s re-affirmation that our Vehicle Inspection Program is a cost-effective way to achieve Oregon’s clean air goals,” said Ali Mirzakhalili, DEQ’s Air Quality administrator. “The approved fee increase allows us to continue to deliver air quality benefits and maintain our high level of customer service once we resume operations.”

Five-year-old and older vehicles in the Portland and Medford-Ashland areas undergo a test prior to DMV registration every other year. This ensures their emission control systems keep pollution levels within the Environmental Protection Agency’s allowable standards. Previous and new fees are as follows:

• Portland
Previous fee: $21
New fee: $25
Amount increased: $4

• Medford-Ashland
Previous fee: $10
New fee: $15
Amount increased: $5

• Mobile On-Site Testing at Auto Dealerships
Previous fee: $26
New fee: $30
Amount increased: $4

DEQ must go before the Environmental Quality Commission in six months to extend the fee increase to the end of the current biennium. At that time, the agency will ask that the temporary fees be made permanent.

Currently, vehicle inspection stations are scheduled to re-open on May 18, pending additional news. Visit DEQ’s Vehicle Inspection Station Closure Information pag… for station updates.

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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