How to Read Your Emissions Report from Your Virginia State Inspection
December 28th, 2015
Updated October 4th, 2016
The Vehicle Emissions Inspection Report (VIR) that you obtain from your Virginia Emission's Test provides several important pieces of information about the emissions performance of your vehicle. There are a handful of key sections contained in this report, which are explained in detail below:
As its title implies, this section lists all of the pertinent details regarding the type of vehicle that is being inspected, including:
* VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
* Vehicle make and model
* Model year
* Body style
* Permanently installed vehicle equipment
* Engine size
Also included in this information is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), which is the maximum weight of the vehicle (including its load set), and the Estimated Emissions Test Weight (ETW), which is the weight of the vehicle based on the automatic calculations of the emissions analyzer system.
Tailpipe and Visible Smoke
This section details the results of the tailpipe emissions testing, as well as the visible smoke inspection.
Emissions Control Components and OBDII Inspection
This section covers the results of the visual emissions inspection, which assesses the performance of specific emissions control components and on-board diagnostics systems.
Understanding Your Test Results
The "Overall Test Results" section will give you one of four possible ratings for your vehicle inspection:
Passed -- It goes without saying that this is the one you want. A "passed" rating means that your vehicle meets all of the necessary criteria and requirements to be registered with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, which means that you are now legally able to operate your vehicle in the State of Virginia.
Failed -- Should your vehicle receive a "failed" rating, you have the option to attempt a retest any time within 14 calendar days of the original (failed) inspection. If your vehicle fails, this means that you must get the required repairs performed on the vehicle in order to pass inspection upon a retest. Your Virginia Inspection Report will name the specific areas that caused your vehicle to fail, and the inspector will also issue an Emissions Repair Data Form to you, so that you can be eligible for the retest (and hopefully pass the second time around).
Waiver -- Even if your vehicle passes the gas cap pressure test, visible smoke inspection and visual inspection, it is still possible for your tailpipe emissions to be outside of the acceptable parameters, and thus require repairs before you will legally be able to drive on Virginia's interstates and roadways.
Failed/Invalid -- This happens when an inspection may not have been conducted or completed in an accurate manner.
This information is used by the Virginia State Department of Motor Vehicles to verify and convey inspection information during the process of registration or renewal.
Inspection Station Information
This section provides information regarding the station that performed your inspection (e.g., location, etc.), as well as the name of the Emissions Inspector. All pertinent contact information will be found here as well.
Now that you have a better understanding of your emissions report, you can be better prepared when the time comes for your vehicle to be inspected. By making the proper preparations, you should be able to pass your inspection without a hitch.
Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto in Falls Church, Virginia can provide a convenient and professional Emission's Inspection. Visit our website at http://www.hoganandsonsinc.com to find out more information about our 8 locations throughout the Northern Virginia area to serve you.
*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.