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Old 11-23-2013, 11:13 AM
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So I'm in the process of switching my car registration from Pennsylvania to Washington. But what is with the emissions test laws here? I hear you have to get your car tested every 2 years if you live in certain areas. How do I know if I'm exempt? I live in west Tacoma. I also hear a few of my friends say there is a certain loophole to avoid having to get emissions tested and that alot of people here just register their car with an address that won't require it..... I read up somewhere it's only $15.00. Is it really that hard to pass emissions because 15bucks every 2 years is not that big of a deal for me and my car is fairly new, not some old battle ax.

Back in PA they require emissions AND inspections EVERY year and it can be very costly (up to $80 assuming you pass BOTH tests). What are your thoughts on this?

And what if your car has a lien holder? They're going to want my title but the bank has it. I assume they would explain those procedures down at the DOL?
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:17 PM
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I'm pretty sure teh WA DOL website has the answers you're looking for ...

WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Driver License

About the emissions testing, I just do the emissions testing when required. It is every other year and it's not that expensive, so I figure thatI'd do my part in giving statistics on emissions and making the grade for the environment. Really, it's less than 50 bucks every two years. You'd have to be pretty desperate to avoid such a nominal fee, especially if your car is new.

If you have a lien on the car, then a record of the lienholder is required, that's all.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:18 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The smog test was only $15 when I got the last one a year ago. Not worth the trouble and risk of as fake address. They just hook it up to their computer and read the codes, 5 minutes. You will also need to get it tested the first time you register from out of state and an additional inspection by the state patrol to verify it's not stolen.
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