Tom Corbett, Governor Barry J. Schoch, P.E., Secretary, Department of Transportation

Frequently Asked Questions: Vehicle Emissions Inspections - Station Owners/Mechanics

Below are questions that are frequently asked by station owners and mechanics about Pennsylvania's emissions inspection program.

How do I contact the Pennsylvania Emissions Team?

How do I access Pennsylvania’s emissions inspection regulations?

How do I contact a Quality Assurance Officer regarding an emissions inspection?

How do I apply to become an official PennDOT inspection station?

How do I become a certified emissions inspector?

How do I renew my emissions inspector certification?

What training courses are equivalent to the emissions certified repair technician training?

How can I check on the status of my emissions inspection sticker order?

How can I check on the status of my request for inserts?

How can I obtain a Pennsylvania emissions inspection manual?

How do I perform a data file refresh on my emission analyzer?

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How do I contact the Pennsylvania Emissions Team?

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Consumers may call 1-800-265-0921 and stations owners may call 1-888-265-5909 or you can contact one of the regional offices that are listed below.

Philadelphia Regional Office

Pittsburgh Regional Office

South Central Regional Office

Telephone: (215) 793-1000

Telephone: (724) 742-9500

Telephone: (717) 565-7500


How do I access the emission inspection regulations?

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These regulations may be viewed at the Pennsylvania Code website.

How do I contact a Quality Assurance Officer regarding an emission inspection?

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Quality Assurance Officers are assigned to specific geographic areas. To find the Quality Assurance Officer nearest you, please check the Quality Assurance Officers contact list.

How do I apply to become an emissions inspection station?

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To apply to become an official PennDOT emissions inspection station you should contact the Quality Assurance Officer that is assigned to your county. To find the Quality Assurance Officer in your area, please check the Quality Assurance Officers contact list.

How do I become a certified emissions inspector?

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You must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license, attend a PennDOT-approved certification course and successfully complete the prescribed tests. Please check the list of Approved Emissions Schools in Pennsylvania for locations.

How do I renew my emissions inspector certification?

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All certified emissions inspectors must successfully complete a PennDOT-approved recertification course and prescribed test every two years in order to retain their inspector certification. Please check the list of Approved Emissions schools in Pennsylvania for locations.

What training courses are equivalent to the emissions certified repair technician training?

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For a list of approved equivalent training courses, please visit the Drive Clean PA website.

How can I check on the status of my emissions inspection sticker order?

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You may call the Sticker Processing Unit at (717) 705-2182. If you mailed in your requisition, please allow 10 days before calling.

How can I check on the status of my request for inserts?

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You may call the Sticker Processing Unit at (717) 705-2182. If you mailed in your requisition, please allow 10 days before calling.

How can I obtain a Pennsylvania emissions inspection manual?

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Copies of the Emissions Inspection Program Regulations may be downloaded directly from the website. Hard copies of the Emissions Inspection Program Regulations may also be purchased directly from PennDOT. Requests for regulations should include a check or money order (made payable to Commonwealth of PA) for $5.30 per copy (tax is included) and be forwarded to the Vehicle Inspection Division, P. O. Box 68697, Harrisburg, PA 17106-8697.

How do I perform a data file refresh on my emission analyzer?

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Analyzer-specific instructions for performing a data file refresh are available at Drive Clean PA website.

Note: When opening this document, please refer to the second page for analyzer-specific instructions.

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