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Angela Myers

Angela Myers

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Larimer County Vehicle Licensing

Emission Requirements

Larimer County residents are required to obtain a certificate of emissions control for vehicles within a designated area of Larimer County. The test is required on:

  • Newly purchased vehicle
  • Transfer of ownership
  • Vehicles being registered for the first time in Larimer County
  • Vehicles currently registered in Larimer County upon renewal (See below)

Gasoline Vehicles

The registration renewal postcard will say Emission Test Required, if the vehicle is required to be tested.

  • Every two years for 1982 and newer model year vehicles.
  • Every year for 1981 and older models.
  • A seven year exemption is applicable on new vehicles starting the year of manufacture.

The 18 Envirotest-operated emissions testing centers perform both the enhanced I/M 240 test for 1982 and newer vehicles, and the two-speed idle test for 1981 and older vehicles. 1981 and older vehicles may also be tested at an independent test center. For information on locations of these centers, call (303) 692-3270.

Test Locations in and near Larimer County

  • 7001 N Franklin Ave, Loveland (4 blocks northwest of the WalMart Store, Highway 287 and 71st st)
  • 835 SE Frontage Rd., Fort Collins (South East Corner of the I-25 and Highway 14 intersection)
  • 5222 Silver Peak Ave., Dacona (East of I-25, North of Co Rd 12)
  • 2844 W. 30th St., Greeley (West of the Greeley Mall)

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Phone: (970) 247-8378 or (970) AIR-TEST

RapidScreen Program

To reduce the number of vehicles requiring a traditional emissions inspection, a RapidScreen Program has been established for northern Colorado and the Denver area. Clean vehicles that pass a drive-by roadside test can forego a trip to the emissions inspection station if they receive a notification in the mail saying they passed RapidScreen. The applicable emissions fee of $25.00 will be added to the registration renewal. The RapidScreen Program utilizes remote sensing to measure emissions as vehicles drive past roadside monitors. The monitors measure emissions and record license plate numbers.

RapidScreen Website, including information on locations.

Diesel Vehicles

Diesel emission is required in Larimer County within a designated area of Larimer County. Test requirements are based on the appropriate Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Related information can be found on the Department of Revenue website at or you may call (303) 205-5603 or (303) 744-2442.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

  • Heavy-duty diesel vehicles – GVWR of 14,001 lbs. or more
  • Light-duty diesel vehicles – GVWR of 14,000 lbs. or less


The diesel emission testing facilities can charge up to one-hour of the posted labor rates. There is no set fee.

Exempt Vehicles

Heavy-duty diesel vehicles are exempt from emissions for the first four model years. Light duty diesel vehicles are exempt for the first four model years. After the exemption period, vehicles are required to be tested as instructed in Vehicle Emissions Testing Cycles below.

Vehicle Emissions Testing Cycles

Light-duty diesels that are 2003 and older are required to have an emissions test every year.

Light-duty diesels that are 2004 and newer are required to have an emissions test every 2 years.

Heavy-duty diesels that are less than 10 model years old are to have an emissions test every 2 years.

Heavy-duty diesels that are more than 10 model years old are to have an emissions test every year.

Diesel Emission Station Locations

Additional Emissions Information

Top ten tips to prepare for Colorado's emissions test.

Frequently asked questions from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Questions regarding the performance of the emission test or testing standards should be directed to the State Emission Section at (303) 205-5603.

Emission Extension Information

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Driver's licenses are not issued by our office, they may be obtained at the Colorado Department of Revenue, Driver's License Division
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