Extensions, Exemptions & Waivers

Need more time to make repairs?

If the vehicle does not pass and you need additional time to make repairs, eligible motorists can purchase a temporary permit onsite with Clean Air Car Check’s “Drive-thru. Renew!” Once a vehicle passes the inspection, or receives a waiver, “Drive-thru. Renew!” can also renew your vehicle’s registration.  The registered owner of the vehicle must be present to purchase the temporary permit.

Additional fees apply. Accepted payment methods are cash, check, Visa and MasterCard. Call 1-888-240-1684 for more information about additional BMV services available at Clean Air Car Check.

Is your vehicle out of state?

Motorists can apply for an Out of State Extension if their vehicle is located more than 300 miles from an Indiana Clean Air Car Check emissions testing station.  This extension will allow the owner to register their vehicle without traveling back to Indiana for a test.  The vehicle will be due for its emissions test once it returns to Indiana.

To apply for an Out of State Extension, the vehicle owner must submit proof of the vehicle’s current location and submit an application, as well as pay a $40 processing fee. Rush processing is also available for an additional $10.

Out of State Extension will not be issued for vehicles located within the State of Indiana or in areas of neighboring states within 300 miles of Northwest Indiana.

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Out of State Extension Application

Only needed if applying by mail.

Out of Area Vehicle Verification

Only needed if another form of proof is not available.

Show Car Exemption

A Show Car Exemption may be granted to vehicles that are used primarily for show purposes and are driven minimally on the road. The vehicle must be presented at a station in order to be considered for a Show Car Exemption.  Show Car Exemptions are good for up to two years or one test cycle.

The vehicle must be present at a Clean Air Car Check station for consideration of the Show Car Exemption. An exemption will not be granted based on photographs.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for a Show Car Exemption:

  • Mileage is limited to 3,000 miles per year, or 6,000 miles for the two-year test cycle.
  • Proof of entry in at least two shows per year for the two-year test cycle
  • The vehicle must be presented in “show condition” as indicated by the interior and exterior of the vehicle being maintained in mint or near mint condition (ie. free of rust, scratches, dents, paint chips, burns, dirty or torn interior, dirty engine compartment, worn tires, etc.)

If a vehicle is denied a Show Car Exemption at the station, the customer is welcome to complete a Show Car Appeal form, which will be forwarded, along with proper documentation, to program management for further review.

Antique Exemption

An Antique Exemption is available to vehicles that are at least 25 years old as long as either of the following criteria is also met:

(A) The vehicle is insured under a collectible vehicle or classic automobile insurance policy; or

(B) The vehicle is inspected by a technician at a Clean Air Car Check vehicle emission test site during its normal emissions test cycle and that inspection confirms that all federally required pollution control equipment for that make and model year vehicle is in place.

There is a mileage limitation of 3,000 miles per calendar year that the vehicle must maintain in order to renew the exemption once it has been issued.

If your 25+ year old vehicle is not covered under a classic or collectible vehicle insurance policy and you would like to apply for this exemption, call 1-888-240-1684 to schedule an appointment for the Antique Vehicle Inspection.

Specialty Exemption

A Specialty Exemption may be granted to vehicles that are strictly for recreational purposes, such as dune buggies and kit cars. The vehicle must be presented at a station for a visual inspection in order to be considered for a Specialty Exemption.  An exemption will not be granted based on photographs.

Specialty Exemptions are good for up to two years or one test cycle.

The following criteria will be used to determine if a vehicle is eligible for a Specialty Exemption:

  • Proof of use as a recreational vehicle.  The manufacturer’s certificate of origin or title will be considered proof of a vehicle’s use for recreational purposes
  • The vehicle must match its description.
  • Proof that the vehicle is used for recreational purposes and driven minimally on the road.  The vehicle owner may present a low (under 3,000) mileage insurance policy, or if previously exempted, the vehicle’s odometer reading will be compared to the previous reading.

If a vehicle in denied a Specialty Exemption at the station, the customer is welcome to complete a Specialty Exemption Appeal form, which will be forwarded, along with proper documentation, to program management for further review.

Diesel or Alternative Fuel Exemption

Vehicles that are fueled by a source other than gasoline will receive an Alternative Fuel Exemption.  Fuel sources covered under this exemption include: diesel, propane, natural gas, CNG or electricity. If a vehicle is a gasoline hybrid, it will need to undergo an emissions test.  Alternative fuel vehicles will need to present at a Clean Air Car Check station during their model-year based emissions testing cycle to receive an exemption.

What is a waiver?

A waiver is a temporary extension that gives the vehicle owner extra time to make additional repairs before the next time the vehicle is due for emissions testing. Only one waiver, valid for one test cycle can be issued in the lifetime of the vehicle. A vehicle must meet all requirements in the waiver eligibility chart.

WAIVER ELIGIBILITY CHART

HOW TO APPLY

If your vehicle meets all of the applicable waiver qualifications, present all original receipts detailing specific parts and repairs made to station management to apply for a waiver.  Once station management confirms your vehicle meets all applicable waiver criteria, an appointment with Clean Air Car Check’s Diagnostic Technician will be scheduled.  The Diagnostic Technician will verify repairs before a waiver can be approved.

If your vehicle does not meet the waiver criteria and you need assistance navigating the repair process, please call our Customer Service Hotline to speak with a representative.

Customer Service Hotline 1-888-240-1684

Facility Locations & Hours

LOCATIONS
  • Crown Point – 755 N. Industrial Blvd. [map]
  • Gary – 3901 W. Fourth Ave. [map]
  • Griffith – 232 Ivanhoe Court South [map]
  • Hammond – 1231 Gostlin St. [map]
  • Hobart – 325 Sullivan St. [map]
  • Portage – 5777 Melton Rd. [map]
  • Valparaiso – 2503 Beech St. [map]

Call us at 888-240-1684 or 219-661-8269

HOURS

Tuesday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CLOSED – Sunday, Monday and State Holidays

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AVOID THE RUSH!

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