When a vehicle has failed at least one emissions test and the owner has made efforts to have that vehicle repaired, a waiver may be issued at one of the 23 full-service E-Check testing facilities. The motorist must bring all original repair receipts related to what the vehicle failed for, as well as the vehicle, to the station in order for a waiver to be issued. Repairs may be performed at any legitimate repair facility or by the vehicle owner. In the case of self-repairs, only receipts for parts will count toward a waiver. An owner may not submit receipts for her/his own labor. Tampering-related repairs do not count towards either waiver option. Note: waivers are not transferable to the new owner if the vehicle is sold. Warranty repairs do not apply to the waiver limit requirements and regular maintenance cost like an oil change, radiator flush and air filter change will not be considered towards the repair cap amount.
Repair cap waivers are issued to motorists when they have spent $300 or more toward emissions-related repairs for what the vehicle failed for and still do not pass. Tampering-related repairs do not count toward a waiver as well as general maintenance items like an oil change, radiator flush and air filter change unless it can clearly be connected to the reason the vehicle failed. Receipts will only be accepted for repairs performed after the initial inspection and/or within 60 days prior to the initial inspection.